Hippie Yeah for the magnesium working! My ctx seemed to have slowed considerably. My chiropractor has been working on adjusting my pelvis some which has made a huge difference.
Hapersmion Serious ouch! Oof. No fun!
Allison Ugh for all those dishes!
Tiffa I agree with previous responses about thinking through and writing up a birth plan. If you can imagine how things will go ideally, shouldn't be too hard. Also, it helps those caring for you to know your preferences. Some moms really want to feel their baby crown and pull him/her to their chest, for example. Others don't.
I am realizing I have more to work on from my previous labor/delivery than I thought. I had a 52 hour labor with a persistently posterior babe. Lots of back labor and despite regular intense ctx, little cervical change over 40+ hours. We ultimately chose an epidural for pain management, hoping to avoid a c-section (which we did successfully avoid) and I delivered vaginally about 6 hours later. While I know that decision allowed DD to turn and that I progressed pretty rapidly thereafter, I still have a lot of anxiety and upset when thinking about it. And I just can't seem to let go of the overwhelming sense of failure. Working on it!