Friday, August 17, 2012
Where to labor when the time comes....
Just had another apt with my midwife and she asked me a very good question...
"Have you given any thought on where you'd like to labor when the time comes?"
Yes, in fact.
I was one who just wasn't sure about the idea of water birth.
It sounded weird and a little gross to be honest.
So like anything I did research...
Come to hear personal stories, read them and read studies from medical professionals, that this method may indeed be better than any other way to spend your time when things start to build towards the grand finale. Ladies are saying it worked better than any artificial painkiller, the risk of tearing is drastically dropped, your body relaxes faster and allows faster progress etc...
I have a pretty high pain tolerance and have been through some pretty intense stuff already.
Water has always been soothing to me and since I've been pregnant if I need time out for me a shower has been amazing!! This pleased my midwife and she said water would be awesome for me if that's the case. So we've decided water is the rout to go. Add to the fact I get regular chiropractic adjustments which also helps your body stay set and ready for the day your baby says "It's time! Here I come!"
Not to mention since I'm feeling better I'll be able to workout again and that's always a bonus.
I encourage those of you still unsure to do your own research on what looks best and safe for you and your baby when the time comes. There are great places on the web and some books that won't freak you out. Like the one I've been reading by Mr. And Mrs Sears, their section on labor is pretty informative and Mrs Sears gives her opinion on what felt best for her. I think they have 6 kids??
This is something to figure out in early on so you don't feel pressure the closer you get to your due date!
Did you know laying on your back during labor and giving birth actually makes it harder on you and baby? Cuts off oxygen to the infant and gravity isn't there to help you, plus you're messing with your body's natural design in how it's meant to be when pushing. Sure some positions look kinda crazy and I've nixed several already haha but I do know the basics of gravity and I think it makes sense to be in a more forgiving position vs laying down on your back like many do. Some doctors insist that's the only way and if they try pressuring you, there's no problem in speaking you mind on what feels better!
I've heard/read this and it seems to make the birthing process one step easier on both you and baby.
This is a great article that helps explain more of what I've been talking about!
I'm not claiming to be an expert by any means, esp since I have yet to give birth but I'm going based off what common sense is telling me as well as my midwife and reliable research I've found/find.
I'm getting excited as I get closer to my due date and can't wait to know what it's like to accomplish something so amazing, even if there's pain... I look forward to saying I gave birth to one of God's biggest blessings He could ever give us!!!
Have a great day,