I had a hard time with this with my first baby, seven years ago. Now I am (finally) pregnant again, and I'm looking for advice about tapping into your pregnant-mama self, and getting out of the pregnant health care provider head space. I'm due in December (23wks now), trying to wrap my head around the idea of embracing all the unknowable weeks to come. Maybe it's the blessing/curse of "knowing too much" about all the things that can go wrong. (Most of the folks I know who have had these things happen are friends/coworkers/classmates--not clients, as one might guess.) It seems that many of us who work in pregnancy and birth have a little mental partition, trying not to count too much on everything turning out well, even though we know rationally that usually, it does. I don't want those fears to eat away at the pleasure of being pregnant, growing a big belly, feeling (and seeing) the baby move.
Any advice for pregnancy and birth preparation? I had a long, tough labor with my son. He was born direct OP after pushing for almost 5 hours. I am working to prevent a repeat of the dreaded OP labor, but I kind of think that my worry that he would *be* OP made him OP.
Trying to remember to tell myself positive mantras, "my baby is growing just as she should", etc.