Lots of good advice already in here. Easier said than done but try not to fear it, your body was made to do this - and if things go 'wrong' you have an experienced medical team to ensure the safe delivery of your Bub and minimise (or eliminate) your pain if you wish. Assuming you're not home-birthing! (Not that there is anything wrong with that, each to their own).
I was always told fear = tension = pain. So anything you can do to minimise fear will minimise your pain.
My first birth was horrendous. Well the last few hours (which ended in an emergency c) were. The first 15 or so were fine because I was 'in the zone'. As soon as I panicked, all hell broke loose and it was painful as.
My second birth was empowering. It was fast - 5 hour labor - intense - but I never once even considered pain relief. It's not that it didn't hurt - I just didn't register the pain - instead saw it as progress. However I did a lot of mental and physical preparation in order to do this.
I personally looked forward to both of my births. A little naive with the first, but all guns blazing with the second. If things are going to go wrong there isn't much you can do about it, so try think positively and focus on the end goal. And absolutely trust your body!
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10-04-2016 20:14 #11
10-04-2016 20:54 #12Senior Member
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Really good advice here, just going to third reading Juju Sundin's Birth Skills. Really great techniques that I believe made a huge difference to how I dealt with my loooooong 36 hour labour!
10-04-2016 21:02 #13
Yes to birth skills, best book!
She also says that during labour you're have a majority of pain free moments. Completely pain free between each contractions! 😀
I made a conscious choice of focussing on that and it worked wonder.
Grab a copy of that book and read it twice, you'll feel so empowered after that.
11-04-2016 06:20 #14Senior Member
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Still, labour can be very empowering. It's the 21st century so even if there's no pain free moments you still get pethidine, gas and an epidural. It's like a party for one
11-04-2016 07:49 #15
11-04-2016 11:45 #16
Oh God yes my last birth was back labour. Not pleasant. But that's where DH rubbing my back really helped. Still had the best birth using those birth skills techniques 😀
11-04-2016 14:14 #17
11-04-2016 14:31 #18
I think Juju herself had two posterior babies?? And she took the peridural after a while.
So there's a long portion of the book spent on posterior babies.
Hopefully Bub is positioned more favourably this time!!
11-04-2016 17:12 #19Member
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I guess I'll be going out tonight to buy Juju's book!!
11-04-2016 19:37 #20
Or you can download it from Amazon 😀
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