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<p>Not sure if there has been a thread on this already...but I'm looking for some ideas of what stuff I could be doing to prepare for a non medicated birth with #3. What kinds of things are you doing to prepare your body and mind? </p>
 

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<p>I did hypnobabies with my 3rd (was my first unmedicated birth) and I am doing that again. It consists of affirmations and nightly scripts to deepen relaxation. I also practice different positions and continue to do my daily exercises.</p>
 

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<p>Im due with my third as well. Im not really doing anything to prepare except trying to relax. I am going to invest in a birthing ball to take to the hospital with me since they have them but they aren't always available (aka depends on what nurse you get whether they will go track one down for you or not).</p>
 

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<p>This is my first baby, and I'm taking a natural childbirth class, reading the recommended books, reading other natural childbirth books, watching some videos on youtube, saying affirmations, meditating, visualizing a positive birth experience, practicing pushing positions (holding legs up while somewhat sitting (supine sitting?), holding a leg up while on my left side, squatting, on all fours and leaning back so that I'm basically in child's pose...)  I am also exercising now.  And eating well, drinking water.  And just keeping positive.  I'm hoping all of it adds up!  <span><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>I'm getting ready to start Hypnobabies with this LO, too. My friend has done it/is just finishing it & has said it's been a great help so far. Hopefully she feels the same after the baby is born.</p>
 

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<p>Reading "Ina May's Guide to Natural Childbirth."</p>
<p>Also, anything by Whapio (don't let the name fool you - she's amazing and does a MUCH better job of explaining the stages of labor than anything I've ever heard). If you'd like me to email/message you some of her work I'd be happy to.</p>
<p>Stay Positive! Women have been doing this forever and I know we all can too!</p>
 

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<p>I'm also reading Ina May's, and another book called "Birthing without fear" that is so, so great, but not yet translated to english (it's in Swedish) that has affirmations and such.</p>
<p>I'm thinking about HypnoBabies or something similar too, probably will do something like that as well (and yeah, I know I need to make up my mind and do it now).</p>
<p>And I do Yoga for pregnant women, and QiGong.</p>
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<p>And, well, this might not apply to you at all, but whenever I'm in pain for some reason, I try to focus on breathing. I have a habit of not breathing at all when in pain, and I try to always remember to breathe deep through the pain now so it'll be easier to have that as an "automatic response" during labour. An example from earlier today was when I was at my physiotherapist for my pelvic, and she was really massaging deep and it was SO painful, I just concentrated on breathing through it.</p>
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<p>And, think positive!</p>
 

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<p>what feels so funny to me is i feel so much more prepared for birth than pregnancy! to prepare my body, i've been doing lots of walking and keeping up with good posture, squats, and keeping up my leg strength and hip flexibility. </p>
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<p>as for my mind, i was planning on doing hypnobabies, and i'm still listening to their joyful pregnancy affirmations...but i'm sticking with a CD/birth preparation called Calm Birth. It's just got three different meditations on it, one is relaxing the body piece by piece which i'm listening to frequently before i fall asleep...and the second is breathing down into the navel and it's about opening and breathing the baby down. i love both of them...and find it completely life-affirming, even outside of pregnancy. </p>
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<p>i haven't done much reading about natural birth since being pregnant...but i'd already done a ton of reading on it before we got pregnant! it's fun to see what others are doing...</p>
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<p>this is our third- the first time around we took a natural child birth class, with the second i read a bradley book and did a lot of practicing in that direction. i also read a little from a hypnobabies course and listened to the cd a few times. during the birth, i used the bradley stuff the most, and i also found it helpful to visualise colors for body parts as in the hypnobabies cd. i also practiced relaxing to the song "peace like a river" with many of my own new verses (strength like a mountain, beauty like a flower, love that is eternal..) and that was a wonderful relief.  this time around, i reread spiritual midwifery and the bradley book. my dh and i have not been practicing very much and it bothers me. i am also not finding too much time to practice relaxation on my own. even so, i feel pretty confident about labor. still worried about the pushing stage though..</p>
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<p>also- i do a lot of not remembering to do my keegles and not squating as much as i should. i don't think that guilt prepares one for birth very well, but it is great practice for motherhood! lol</p>
<p>...really, i try to do my keegles and my new sqat-time is sweeping- i just use a little hand-held brush and waddle around the house. it is great entertainment for everyone- kids to cats to dh. </p>
 
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