What are your secrets to letting go in labor? I take tips! :) I have had Crohn's for over 10 yrs now, and I usually manage it by zoning out and focusing on something, breathing deep. I always called the pains it brought as "contractions". Reading Bradley method stuff, I think that's going to be hard of course, but not something I'm totally not used to doing.
As a Christian, I am uncomfortable with hypnosis for that very reason. I've never looked into it, but that is really creepy.
This is my first pregnancy, so I really don't know what to expect. I can't help but thinking, though, that every little thing I manage to do will help in some way. I started reading every book I could find even before I got pregnant because that's just how I am. My last MW appt was on Thurs and she said that his head is down, which she likes to see this early in a first-timer. That was a relief. I met with a chiropractor this morning and will be seeing her to help with lower back pain and get my body really aligned and ready for birth. And, my first childbirth class is tonight! DH is very excited.
That's like me! I read Having a Baby Naturally twice before I got pregnant. Lol Once right after we got married, just for information, then once in the 7 months we were TTC to keep motivated. Now I'm on the second time SINCE being pregnant reading it. I'm up to the Labor and Delivery chapter but stopped to read Kangaroo Care. Just in case anything happens and baby comes too soon.
Since we were children, on our birthdays, my mother told my brother and I our birth stories, which I believe has been a terrific preparation for birth (and, in my brother's case, being a supportive birth partner). She had a positive experience with both of us and conveyed the effort, but also the wonder and the power, of bringing forth life. I'm sure her inspiring attitude will be of great help, regardless of what unexpected occurrences arise.
I have read of people suggesting to do that. I think it's a good idea, glad to see someone who has "lived it". :)