My husband and I attended our first childbirth education class on Monday. We have a fun group of 7 couples who are pretty much on the same page with wanting natural childbirth, so each week we're going to be learning about different relaxation techniques to determine what will best help us achieve our optimal birthing experience. As a group, we practiced progressive muscle relaxation. I wasn't much of a fan, but then again, we were in a warm room and I was very uncomfortable at the time. So maybe practicing it in the comfort of my home would feel better. I'm not sure what else is out there quite yet, but I have used guided imagery in my everyday life to manage stress and really love it! I'm starting to gather ideas of how I could create the best birthing space in my home to bring me into a relaxed state. I want to create a very zen spa-like area since I'm planning a water birth. Maybe I'll light a bunch of candles, set up some green plants around the room (I love the feeling of nature), dim the lights, and play some soothing music. I have another silly idea that I'm toying with, though, since our baby is due before the holidays! I was born a week before Christmas, so Christmas has always been in my blood. If I think of anything Christmas-like, I get so giddy and happy inside, it's the best feeling in the world! So maybe we'll set up our Christmas tree early so I have that to look at! I'll visualize the end result of birthing our baby girl and spending our first holidays together as a family.
So these are some of my immediate thoughts on how to distract myself during labor and create a good energy around me. What are some of your favorite relaxation techniques and how do you plan to implement them during labor and childbirth if you're planning to do so? Let's share ideas! It might help others, especially new moms like me who have no idea what we're in for during childbirth!