I have been having fun lurking on the April and May boards to read the birth stories lately :)
While I love reading birth stories, now I am starting to freak myself out about giving birth again. WHAT HAVE I DONE??????????? :ROFL:
It's making me shudder to think about the terrible terrible pressure and "ring of fire" when baby is crowning. BLAH! I have always torn pretty bad and it makes me so scared and uncomfortable to think of going through that again! And yet, here we are.....LOL.
Ugh. I am really dreading it at the moment. Maybe I will be able to relax in the fact that this is the last one????
What are you nervous about?
I just posted almost the same thing--I'm reading Ina May and instead of feeling empowered, I'm having panic attacks!
I am totally freaked. And I actually kinda like birth. I mean, compared to me yucky pregnancies, birthing is sweet relief. But I am terrified of a c/s. I'm doing everything possible to avoid it, including going with the OB who has the lowest c/s rates. He never does surgery unless its 100% necessary. I trust him fully. That should mean I can relax. But I'm freaked!
I am also hoping to skip the epidural this time around. It made me sick to my stomach last time and I threw up and almost blacked out. I'm not against it if needed-I know sometimes in a stalled labor or if mom is super tense, the epidural can relax the baby right out. That's what happened with Lucas after I stopped puking. But I'm scared of the burning sensation I've been able to avoid by having the epidural. I don't care about the contractions, it's that burning sensation I'm scared about!!!!
I am half and half on this. I am hopeful this will be a much better experience, because I am not going to be induced (last one I asked for) and am hoping to go medication free. I am worried about her staying breech.
I know I'm weird but I'm looking forward to it. I felt so empowered! I know what I don't want now. The part that makes me nervous is the placenta. I don't want a repeat of what happened with dd.
I'm scared because a vaginal birth is all new for me...but I really feel like it's something I should experience. My planned c-section with DD was the most blah experience ever.
I'm actually finding the Ina May book interesting. Sure, everything can't go 100% awesome but I'm hoping some of the stuff I'm learning about relaxing your body will be helpful. She says that relaxing your face/mouth really helps with contractions and stretching your perineum. She had one woman sing as she was transitioning to keep her face loose.
Ok, I'm tired and I lost my train of though. HA HA HA!
Heather--maybe I need to skip the birth stories and just read the second part of the book?
Maybe...I found the birth stories empowering, but it's new to me so it didn't bring up any old feelings or memories.
Originally Posted by PCCGirl813
I know for certain there's no way on earth I'm kissing Jon during contractions. That weirded me out a bit. Usually my feelings about him during labor waver between annoyance and hatred (and in normal life I never have negative feelings about him so it's kinda amusing to me).
I have never been one to feel all "lovey" during labour either. Mostly I'm like "please just sit there and be supportive and don't bug me." LOL.
I was in so much pain (I had back labor, the epidural failed and the contractions were right on top of one another) that I don't even remember DH being in the room. If he had tried to kiss me, I'd have probably tried to choke him LOL