So looks like I am going to be induced next week. This is my first baby and prior to falling pregnant I was always scared of labour and delivery but all throughout my pregnancy I have suprised myself and havn't really thought about it too much but now that the day is pretty much here I am starting to freak. I just feel like I will be in zombie mode and will just do what needs to be done to get baby here, I don't know if thats a good thing or a bad thing. I'm just scared of the unknown and the PAIN!!!! :/
Anyway not too sure the point of this post, I'll just be happy once I have baby in my arms.
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30-07-2013 22:47 #1
Okay I'm Nervous Now
30-07-2013 23:09 #2
You will be. And you will forget the pain too!
Maybe writing a birth plan might help you channel your nerves and make you feel a little like you have control. Good luck 😀
30-07-2013 23:53 #3
Just remind yourself when you're in there that it's one day of your life! You can do it! (I'm not speaking from experience though 😉).
31-07-2013 06:08 #4
Aww I know how you feel. I had my first baby last year and all the way through the pregnancy I tried not to think about how scared I was off labour!!! I was also beside myself terrified of vomiting (I have emetophobia. . fear of vomit). Turn I ended up with an induction too. .. I was so scared I got bad shakes... which labour can do to you as well!
Anyway. . as scared as I was I got through it. .. I just remembered that labour meant my baby was coming and I would get cuddles really soon. I look back and I'm quite proud of myself. I did end up having a c section and I can't believe I faced my fears head on. I also kept telling myself that I didn't have a choice. ..the baby had to come out!! Somehow that helped me. Lol.
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31-07-2013 06:30 #5
You will get through it, yep it's tough, exhausting and painful but it stops and is forgotten about as soon as bub is placed on your chest. I found when the time to push came it distracted me and it really took my mind off the pain as I could actually do something. You will find a coping technique through your contractions mine was pointing my toes or tiptoeing. And you know what if you can't handle it their is pain relief that doesn't make you any less strong. Birth is a crazy thing and everyone reacts differently. Just stay focused on what you get at the end and breathe good luck xxx
31-07-2013 06:48 #6Senior Member
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Labour is a funny thing- yes it was painful but it wasn't scary pain. It was pain with a purpose and I knew each contraction was getting me closer to having a baby. It wasn't like when you are sick/injured and not sure what is going on and become anxious/scared. You will be in the zone- your body and mind are designed for this.
31-07-2013 07:19 #7
My midwife just gave me a copy of Juju Sundin's 'birth skills'. I've given birth before but I'm still finding it helpful and can't wait to use the techniques. I recommend a read before your induction.
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31-07-2013 07:40 #8
I second reading a copy of 'Birth Skills' if you can. My middy leant me a copy when preg with my second. I had a very straight forward drug free labour/birth with DS1, but was still nervous about labour with #2 - that feeling of being scared of the unknown doesn't go away just because you've done it before!! Birth Skills gives really practical advice on methods you can use to basically distract yourself from the pain of labour - and it has some really good info on the hormones released during labour and what they do. DS2 came so quick I didn't really get to put any of the practical skills into place, but at one point contractions were making me want to tense up, I remebered reading in the book this is one of the worst things you can do, so I got on the move again and bounced my through them on the fitball. You really need to try and view the pain of labour as a 'good pain'. It's a productive, purposeful pain, getting you closer and closer to holding your baby.
Your mind and body can also do some amazing things to help you through labour - with DS1 when contractions were getting tough I went into a bit of a trance-like state watching the water flow down the drain in the shower. That got me through to the pushing phase - and by then you know you're so close to having a baby you just get through it. The pain of both my births was gone the instant baby was out, and I almost felt like I could do it all over again.
Good luck, I hope you have a beautiful birth
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31-07-2013 13:25 #9
Aww thanks ladies for your kind words of encouragement!
I'm just worried that being induced means I'll end up having to have a c-section and that scares me a little as well, cause I will be in pain afterwards. Argh! All these little things that could happen.
I think I wish I could just go into labour naturally... but in saying that still be able to have pain relief.
Maybe I will go and try now to bring on labour LOL I'm 37 weeks, any ideas that I could give a try? Although I don't think it will work.
01-08-2013 16:20 #10
SOOO... Saw the Dr today and she did an internal and she said I am 2cm dialated and she could feel the babies head. Baby is engaged and ready to go!! So she did a stretch and sweep and we'll see what happens. EXCITING & NERVY... Hopefully bub will wait a few more days!
It's just so weird that baby is engaged already, I'm 37 weeks and this is my first bub dont they almost always go over the due date first time?!
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