Birth Preparation

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Birth Preparation

I know it's a bit early, but what is everyone doing to prepare themselves for giving birth? I know some of you are having scheduled C/S or planning an epi, but I would assume that takes some mental preparation as well.
When I realized this weekend that I will be full-term in 8 weeks, it occurred to me that I've been avoiding thinking about the birth overall. So I've started trying to use my many BHs as practice for relaxation and focusing techniques.
Are you taking classes? Using a certain course or method?

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Joined: 02/26/09
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I'm having a scheduled c-section, so theres not really much to do to prepare myself. Mostly just trying to not be in denial. I took a childbirth class with dd and thought that was really good, but won't do it again, pointless this time. I am taking dd to a sibling class in a few though. Eventually packing the bag and getting things ready around the house to make recovery easier, but thats it and that won't be till July.

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I did Hypnobirthing last time and thought it was super helpful. In fact, I still use the triggers and meditation techniques when I'm stressed out or having trouble sleeping. I think I'll try Hypnobabies this time because I hear it's even better. I'll probably start around 30-32 weeks.

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I'm still reading and studying. I'm not leaning towards any one plan to get me through labor. I am doing what you are doing during the BH though b/c they are quite intense this pregnancy-- I even feel some pressure in my bum and in va-jay-jay region during them (MW says this is normal with baby's head as low as his is, as long as it's not constant). It is crazy to think of being full-term, for me, in 7 weeks!!! Makes me feel more anxious to get stuff done (we may be moving) so I'll assume I'm going to go over my due date again, lol. That'll give me ten+ weeks! Smile

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Joined: 08/28/09
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I haven't done anything to prepare, and probably won't. I'll just wing it when the time comes. That's what I did with DD and it worked out, lol. Let's hope it does this time around as well.

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I am doing nothing this time. I am having a c-sec.

I took a class with DD and didn't learn too much. I also don't have much time right now to fit a class in.

I am comfortable with what I know and what is/may happen.

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Joined: 12/29/10
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I am taking classes as this is my first time around Smile My mom is actually an L&D nurse, so I have an amazing resource right there, but the classes cant hurt! And maybe my SO will take it more seriously coming from a stranger than my mom lol.

We have a total of 4 classes, one every monday night in June, so theyre coming up quick! Smile

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Joined: 03/24/10
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We hired a doula again. That was the best thing we did last time.
i'm walking in preparation for my "marathon" as our doula last time referred to labor as.
I'm reading lots of natural birth stories.
i'm also working on visualization ideas and thinking of what i want my husband to tell me while i labor.
i'm also trying to think of any inhibitions i have about this birth and things i'm worried about so i can let those go, they can really hold you back during labor.

if you can take a class go for it. try to find one at a birth center or somewhere that focuses on techniques and such. even if you use an epidural in the end you'll know how to focus and relax as necessary.

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Joined: 12/28/10
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I'm going with the ignorance is bliss theory. lol This being my first pg I have no idea what to expect, but I am not in denial either. I'm well aware we will 99% have a sched c-sec, but nothing has been confirmed yet. My MFM and I have not even talked at all about birth yet - I'm assuming b/c I'm not truly on strict bed rest yet I have a ways to go. I am also not in denial about the fact that my babies will most likely end up in NICU needing assistance. What keeps me going every day is wanting to keep them out of there. Smile

I am going to get a bag ready soon. Otherwise, I have no idea.

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"WonderWomanExtrodinare" wrote:

I'm still reading and studying. I'm not leaning towards any one plan to get me through labor. I am doing what you are doing during the BH though b/c they are quite intense this pregnancy-- I even feel some pressure in my bum and in va-jay-jay region during them (MW says this is normal with baby's head as low as his is, as long as it's not constant). It is crazy to think of being full-term, for me, in 7 weeks!!! Makes me feel more anxious to get stuff done (we may be moving) so I'll assume I'm going to go over my due date again, lol. That'll give me ten+ weeks! Smile

I've been told by several people that BHs with their 3rd pregnancies were the worst. I now know what they are talking about. Like you, I get the pressure down there with them and everything. Sometimes they'll wrap around into my back just like my early labor contractions with DD and DS. So not fun.

"bumblybees" wrote:

if you can take a class go for it. try to find one at a birth center or somewhere that focuses on techniques and such. even if you use an epidural in the end you'll know how to focus and relax as necessary.

I totally agree. Knowing how to handle contractions can make the whole birth much easier even if an epi is planned.

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"Mustanglisa" wrote:

I'm having a scheduled c-section, so theres not really much to do to prepare myself. Mostly just trying to not be in denial. I took a childbirth class with dd and thought that was really good, but won't do it again, pointless this time. I am taking dd to a sibling class in a few though. Eventually packing the bag and getting things ready around the house to make recovery easier, but thats it and that won't be till July.

Same here though not the sibling class. I might have to look into that though!

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Joined: 08/29/09
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With DD, I read a book called at home lamaze which helped me alot. With this pg I have to have a c-section. So I plan to do alot of research and ask alot of questions. I probably won't pack a bag until it gets close to the scheduled date.

nmc
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Mine is a scheduled c-section so I don't think I will be doing much to prepare. My preparation was determining whether I was going to have a c-section or try for another vaginal birth. Caused a lot of stress my first trimester but I now feel I made the right decision and am ok with it. My only concerns are that I'm in a new area and not familiar with the hospital at all. I worked at the hospital where DD was born and knew everyone and what/who to ask for and all the procedures ahead of time. I feel like I'm going in blind on this one, but will be harassing my doctor over the next few visits with unusual questions!

Joined: 12/21/10
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We went to the Bradley classes and I think they were great. This is my first child and the classes really gave me and DH the confidence to think we can do this naturally and prepared us for what to expect.