Questions for those of you with birth experience:
My partner and I are in a Bradley birth class, and I have "homework" of 200 Kegels a day! This will be my first birth, and although I'm excited about it and not really scared of birth in general, I am a little scared and freaked out by all the talk of vaginal stretching and tearing (which, I know, I'll have to get over one way or another).
Has anyone used one of those Kegel exercisers either during pregnancy or postpartum? Do you think they're more effective than Kegels without any kind of device? And if you did some kind of pelvic floor exercise during pregnancy, how do you feel it actually helped with your birth experience? I'm just wondering how regimented I really want to be with all of this.