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You can do it! It's what your body was made to do! I think of all of the millions of women who've had babies without meds or intervention-- because our bodies know what to do. Sure there are some situations that warrant intervention, but it's not the norm. Have you looked into reading positive natural birth stories? Or even UC stories for encouragement? I know a couple of people who didn't even push their babies out-- they let their bodies do it! How amazing!!! Not sure I could fight the urge to push, but it's incredible to me that my body can do the work just fine without me pushing. You will be just fine, just remember that this is what your body was made to do and that it knows what it's doing! I find comfort in that Also I saw on a birthing show once that was all about mw's instead of ob births and the one midwife said how birth is supposed to be natural and painful, but it's not supposed to be something we cannot handle-- it's once you restrict movement, not let a laboring mom eat or drink, give meds, etc that the pain goes from natural and managable to unmanagable. I never thought of it like that, but it makes so much sense. You can do it!!
Caitrin- Did your mom have natural childbirths? Perhaps she is jealous of your strength and determination. Remember, a lot of naysaying comes from a place of ignorance and competition.
I know what you mean about the reality of what we are about to do striking. This morning, I feel so unready. But, we can and will do what our bodies were made for, and we will push the fear aside. I've been saying it for a while now, but I'm going to rewatch The Business of Being Born again this week, for inspiration and to help prepare my DD for what she might hear and see.
We can do this!
...But obviously I *do* care what they think because I'm starting to get scared and doubt myself.
Wishing there was an easier way to deal with this...
Happily married, busy mom to a houseful :-)
Expecting again early Oct 2014!
You can do this dear! Remember, no two births are the same. God is in control and you and this baby will be fine. Your family will stop worrying and be fine once it is over and they have a baby to hold. Your husband is your biggest line of support and encouragement, use it. He is the one you need to listen to, well besides us that is. He knows you best and is the other half of the equation, listen to his encouragement and do this together, it will be great. I can't wait to hear about it.
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