All that pressure has got to mean something! I could barely walk the last week of my pregnancy. I had to start having DH drop me off at my building at school instead of walking the 1/4 mile from the car.
One of my biggest current concerns is how active can I be in labor with changing positions if I can't even roll over in bed without being extremely uncomfortable? Walking? Oy. Going up and down our stairs? HA. HA.
What I really want to do on this cloudy cold day is lay down on the couch with Aiden, some blankets, and a few movies. What I'm making myself do is sit on my birthing ball or at the kitchen table where I can keep better posture. I don't want her to decide to be posterior like Aiden!! She's very low, but not engaged because she's still slowly turning on her head. TMI: I shockingly found my cervix easily yesterday. Felt soft and a fingertip or so open! Freaked me out for a second because with Aiden I was always high, firm, and closed according to the nurses and OB even when I went in for my induction at 41 weeks (I found it like once ever when using EPO with him). I really didn't expect to feel it since it can stay high up until active labor. Don't worry, got myself out of there quickly and now I know I don't need to stuff EPO very far. Ha ha. I just started EPO - didn't do me any good with Aiden, but I figured it won't hurt.
Don't worry about being active during labor. If your body is ready to go and your care providers are being pushy you won't need to push labor along. I'm always confused when I read birth stories in which women are pacing or *gasp* standing when they're moments away from pushing. That was so very much not my experience. I was a stationary rock for the most part and all went well
Maybe Ill do well as a "stationary rock" too. Talking to other mamas who have had natural births with these midwives I feel really good about my choice since I've heard nothing but encouraging stories. I really wanted to move a lot more than what I was allowed with DS, but it could very well be due to poor positioning and the evil pit than actual movement. I'm sure my body will let me know what to do when the time comes!
The only thing that was comfortable for me during labor was either lying in the bath, sitting on the birth ball with my head on the bed, or kneeling on the bed with my head/arms on the birth ball. They kept trying to make me walk but I just couldn't really deal with it, and lying down on the bed was a NO GO--my contractions would get horrific but space way out. Uh-uh. Just so long as you can get yourself comfortable, you'll be fine!
Movement and activity are COMPLETELY separate from choice of position. I imagine my birth experience would have been much different if someone would have been dictating my position. Find your birthy spot and roll with it. Don't let preconceived notions determine how you should labor either. If you're comfortable laboring on your back in bed then by all means do it! Your body will tell you what to do. If you're not in the right frame of mind to listen then your MW and DH are there to make suggestions.
Had my 39 week appt today. MW took one look at my belly and goes "You've got PUPPS." At least I know that's what it is for certain. She said the itch cream is fine to use and gave me a couple of other suggestions like a special soap and such to try. Got a few looks of pity and a "hope Zoe decides to come soon!" Everything else though is perfect. She didn't even remark over my weight gain this past week (5 lbs according to their scales!). Too much good food and sweets between Halloween, Aiden's birthday, and my wedding anniversary. She felt around and said that Zoe is very low and has crammed herself into my pelvis which explains why I'm having issues walking, rolling over in bed, etc. She also guessed her weight by feel to be 7 lbs, maybe 7.5 lbs at most (guess we'll see! I trust her more than an u/s.). And said that I should keep thinking positive that she'll have a much smaller head than Aiden (he won the big headed kid award for his BB ). I really like this place because while there one of the MWs who I haven't seen in awhile stuck her head in to chat with me too. I couldn't help but walk out of my appt happy and positive about Zoe's upcoming birth!