Laura, mama to Henry 01.28.07
missing Jack, born still in the car 08.23.10 at 36 weeks
Loving on Catherine, my 09.01.11, UC
But, my first was such an easy, fast, textbook labor (less than 6 hours start to finish, no tearing, baby was pink and crying immediately, nursed within minutes) that I wonder if I can get that "lucky" again.
BUT - I think odds are in my favor. My Mom had 3 of us & all her labors were relatively quick despite epidurals for all. I exercise, which helps things. I'll do my optimal fetal positioning, which I know helps. So I realize I shouldn't worry too much.
And besides, if I end up with a mal-positioned baby or longer labor, I know I'm even better equipped to handle it now with a great MW & HB, so I'll cope with it if I have to. But, yeah, I understand the concern.
My body has done it before and I trust the process, but birth can be unpredictable and every birth is different. In a way it's almost scarier this time, because I know what to expect. I'm trying to stay open-minded and just let things unfold instead of building up all these expectations and fears and hopes surrounding the birth. I think the more serene and accepting I am going into it, the better the birth will go.
Loving wife and mama to my sweet little son (Fall 2008) and a beautiful baby girl (Fall 2010)
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty. --George Bernard Shaw
I am thinking that this upcoming birth will also be different. I've noticed that some people seem to have similar births, but for me my births seem to reflect the babies more than they do me. I will say- I've been in different places both mentally and physically at each birth and I've noticed that makes a difference.
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I transferred at 40 hours last time because I wasn't progressing and I was starting to hallucinate from sleep deprivation. Yeah... I am a bit nervous. I keep telling myself that anything under 24 hours will feel like a breeze.
However, I am still nervous. I feel that I've got to clear the bad mojo around the first birth--my midwife (different one this time around) mentioned doing some energy work/therapy to process it.
I'm hoping for something at least a bit shorter this time! I do feel a little more nervous because I know what to expect.
Catherine, mama to Preschooler Girl 9/08, and Toddler Boy 3/11
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