Our first Bradley class was about exercise during pregnancy. She gave us some basic exercises to practice that help build up the Kegel muscles, and stretch out the perineum. And apparently, if you do 40 pelvic rocks before bedtime, it moves the baby off your bladder and you won't have to pee as much during the night!
Epidural. In the Childbirth Universe, no four syllables have more power as an argument-starter. The word provokes defensiveness in some and smugness in others. There's hand-wringing. Rationalizing. Pontificating.
We've begun watching horribly graphic childbirth videos in our Bradley class. No one is trying to candy-coat this whole delivery thing, nor should they. Labor is obviously painful and wet and loud and bloody, and if we aren't ready for that we're doing ourselves -- and our baby -- a major disservice.