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I thought maybe we could share things that helped us in previous births (if this is not your first.) Or things we are planning to do during our labor to get us through... Maybe you have special things you eat/drink. Positions that have worked, birth balls, cd's songs etc.

We are planning a natural birth this is our second... but I have drugs with my first, so I have ideas, but not sure what others are out there.

I am planning to have some fresh fruit on hand for munching..nothing heavy. The hospital has a birthing ball in the room we can use, so i plan on trying that. Last time it seemed to help if I got on all 4's and rocked back and forth...something about having my tummy hanging down seemed to help. Maybe get in the shower.
 

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What worked great for me with Justin that I didn't do with the first 2, and that I believe led to a shorter (4 hours as opposed to 13-15 hours) more comfortable birth experience:

Prior to due date:
Use Evening Primrose Oil internally and orally for 4 weeks prior to due date
Eat lots of raspberries the last week before due date

During labor:
Stay home (as long as possible if you are going to the hospital)
Don't sit/lay down - not once - *at all*
Walk, walk, walk, especially outside during early labor,
but laps around the dining room were fine after transition and before pushing
Vocalization and pelvic rocking during heavy contractions
Lower lumbar counterpressure during heavy contractions
Shower during transition, leaning with hands on wall with lower lumbar counterpressure during contractions
Maintenance of mindful relaxation of my pelvis during contractions
 

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Well..seems whatever I plan usually goes out the window but for this time I'm hoping to stay home longer than before. I've had to be induced a few times so who knows? I'm planning on the jacuzzi and now they have those telemetric monitors (bout time) so maybe I can get up and run around a bit more. In the past I've had to be monitored constantly, cuz first was a c-section. Which means staying on the bed (read medieval torture lol). So, I'm hoping to go into labor by myself, labor at home as long as I can and then get to the hospital and deliver. With my last one they started pit and within an hour he was delievered.. too fast for me! I had prelabor the night before so I was already 4cm so it didn't take much.

Being a down's baby and all they plan on monitoring everything, *read..drive me nuts* and specialists up the wazoo after. *sigh* hope to enjoy it all the same. If I end up induced I'll probably do the pain meds because I'm sorry but pitocin makes you sure you're dying. More than I care for.

Take care, Kitty
 

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Kitty,

You sound AMAZING!

I never went into labor with my DS, so this is a new experience for me. I did however, work in L&D as an RN and started many'a pitocin drips - the induced pain seems worse than the natural pain - based on my observations only. Many women told me over the years that the pain felt like "you're dying" and begged for drugs -often before even dilating/progressing. Pain does strange things to people - everyone has such a different reaction to it. I feel there is nothing wrong with pain medication. I have seen women scream bloody murder and hate every second of labor - animal-like and then seen women touching the crowning head,smiling and watching with mirrors as their baby is being born. Sometime medication is a good thing. I just hate it that there is so much stigma and judgement associated with anything other than "all natural" that women end up feeling like "less of a woman" or ashamed. Not all births are perfect - we all just do the best we can - it is soooo individual! We need to stop judging each other! Boy, did I go on a tangent - sorry.
 

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I plan on walking a LOT. Did this with DD's labor and it worked great until I got to the birth center and they told me I had to lie still b/c my bp was high.


I have a little book called Mind Over Labor that I'll start reading soon - it has lots of great techniques (for me, anyway). Some people do better when they "tune in" and others when they "tune out". I haven't quite figured out which is better for me yet, but "tuning out" (thinking about something else) really helped in early labor.
 

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I guess walking and breathing deep was the only methods that I needed as last labor wasn't that long. I walked until transition when I could not longer stand up and ended up getting stuck to the bed. This time I want to do about the same, except I want to get into my pool before transition rather than writh on a bed.

They gave me a cervical block and local (for episiotomy) the first time, without permission, so there will probably be a bit more pain to deal with this time around as we'll hopefully be at home.
 

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Let's see- with my ds i walked alot, got in the shower and tub numerous times, I ate some food and drank to have some energy, used the birthing ball, stool and squatted a bunch. I think I did every position except only a few minutes on hands and knees. I had music I like playing and that helped. I also moaned in a very low pitch and it was great. High pitch squeals freak me out, so I tried to keep it low.
This time I am going to go to the birthing center as late in the game as possible. I want to spend some more time on hands and knees. More massage from my doula. I will definitely do the music again, as well as the changing of positions. I will eat again, but probably not cherries like last time ( it looked like blood when I threw it up and the midwife, my dh and I were scared until we figured out it was the cherries!! )
- Kerri
 

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probably not cherries like last time
man, and I've been on a cherries kick lately, too.

I don't have any plans. *sniff sniff*
People I really respect say that vocalizing "oooooo" (long o as in bold, not oo as in gooey) works really well to vibrate the pelvic floor and focus energy down there into "opening."
 
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