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???????????
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'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!
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).