Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: super-crunchy-town, VA
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-if you're delivering at a hospital bring a thank-you basket of goodies for the nurses with your birth plan included
-if you're having trouble focusing through pushing (and having a difficult pushing stage), play tug-of-war with your partner. use a towel with a knot at both ends and have your partner stand at the foot of the bed while you pull from a sitting up/crouching position. it helped me focus soooo much during my last hour of pushing
-even more important: don't push until you feel the undeniable urge to! Last time my midwife told me when I was complete and said I could start pushing whenever I wanted to/whenever it felt good to. Well, I felt great up to that point (thank you, Hypnobabies!) and started immediately pushing because I was excited. I think that's why I ended up pushing for 2.5 hours - I didn't feel that really strong urge to push until after the first hour!
-be sure you've got someone to fetch or fix you a meal soon after you give birth. Personally, I wasn't very hungry till much later in the day, but my mom and several of my friends said that they were the hungriest they have ever been right after giving birth and since it was the middle of the night it was a pain to find a meal. My dad remembers driving around town looking for an all-night fastfood place after I was born and then after my sister was born, too.
Mama to DS (05/04) and DD (11/05), married to a wonderful DH.