Hi everyone! I have been reading the bub hub forums since I found out I was pregnant and have found them very useful so thought I would post some questions I have! I'm sorry in advance for the novel, this has been brewing in my mind for 33 wks!
I am pregnant with my first child and am due on the 29th June, about 7 wks away.
I have read heaps of information about pregnancy and birth but am still a little scared about the whole process and also taking my baby home for the first time. I have a wonderful husband but he is very inexperienced with children (I'm pretty sure he held his first baby this yr when friends of ours had their first). I have had lots of experience with children, I am a primary teacher and also worked in child are and nannied for a yr with a 3 y.o and 6 month old, it's just the newborn stage I'm a little cautious about!
So my first question is, what are some techniques you have used during labour to help you with the pain of contractions?
When I was in my early 20's I was convinced I would elect for a c-section (before I had either met my husband) the thought of something coming out down there still gives me the erks, yet I have been told the recovery from a c section is a lot longer than v birth and therefore am going to try for a natural birth. A lady at my work (who is pregnant with her 4th) gave me advice on breathing during contractions. She told me to breath in for the count of 6 and out for the count of 8 so I have been practising that. It is the only advice I have been given!
Does anyone have any advice on when to go to hospital during labour?
We live an hr away from where I will be giving birth. I am leaning more towards staying at home for as long as possible, yet don't want to leave it too late. I just dread the thought of being in hospital waiting forever for the baby to come. My theory is the longer I stay at home, the longer I go without pain relief as I will not have the option. Which bring me to my next question..
What are your experiences with an epidural?
I am completely open to any pain relief, however would rather not use it if I can get away with it. I can be a big sook sometimes and would really like to avoid an epi if I can, mainly because I don't want to be stuck in bed after the birth and I want to be able to move into a comfortable position while having the baby. I would not be disappointed if I had to have it, but would rather not.
My last question (for this post as it's getting really long) is has anyone taken raspberry leaf tablets and did they help you?
My friend has suggested using them and I was wondering if I should, I'm also going to ask my obstetricians opinion when I have my appointment this wk.
Thank you to anyone who reads all of this post! I know it's long-winded and still have plenty more questions to asks but this will do for a start. The unknown is what is hard to get my headaround! Thank you Em X