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Any tips for getting through labour?
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You may want to take a hand-held mirror to see your baby's head coming out - the thought of this utterly repulsed me and afterwards I really wish I had done. It would have been a truly magical moment.
I agree with Smudge entirely - once that baby is in your arms you totally forget about the pain. I won't lie - it does bl**dy hurt - but maybe not as much as you think it might - and its certainly worth it.
Good luck and let us know how you go!
Good luck to you secretspirit when your day arrives, and to you and your wife too ck1. Do let us nosey bunch know how it all goes! xxx
I had mine just 19mnths ago...still fairly fresh in the memory. The pain wasn't as bad as I thought, really it wasn't. And it's a positive pain, as no other pain you experience in life will be for such a worthwhile cause - at the end of it all you get the best present ever, your new baby!!! I tried to relax and enjoy my baby arriving, put faith in the medical staff and focus on the job at hand. What I did find really helped was having the radio on in the labour suite. My fiancee and I laughed and chatted about the music...I remember quite clearly stating that "No baby of mine will be born to the sound fo Justin Timberlake!"...much to the midwife's amusement. But we chatted about the songs, (memories and people they evoked), and it really helped me relax between contractions as well as providing a distraction from the pain of one too. Tell you what you should take.....something for hubby to eat! I wasn't hungry, tho I did nibble on a few raisins for energy, but my poor fella was famished (we went in before lunch and Jnr didn't arrive till 9pm) yet not wanting to leave my side to get food. A few bags of crisps, sandwiches, some fruit etc for him would have been ideal, as well as a drink. Next time we're going to take a flask of tea!!!
All the very best, you'll do just brilliantly I'm sure. xxx
Mrs Bangkok meditated during her 36 hour labour. Possibly a little late to change religion though. A TENS machine helped my sister. Make sure your partner is thoroughly briefed not to be a prat. A couple of good books may help - somtimes things seem imminent but then get put on hold and it's a bit boring. Big L shaped pillow never goes amiss.
If you have not already done so, discuss with the hospital what medication you are prepared to accept. You may demand anything, and an epidural can be regretted (or be the perfect solution). However, in the middle of labour your views may change and your partner should know what to insist on, or refuse.
Best of luck.
My 1st labour - 15 years ago was easy peasy & was only 4 hours !!!! *smug*
I used a TENS machine, nothing else, and can honestly say that the "pain" was more uncomfortable than actually painful .... certainly, I'd had much worse pain in my life such as when I hurt my back and ongoing Irritable Bowel spasms which hurt much more !
Admittedly, my 2nd labour - 19 months ago was, unfortunately very painful .... and there was me thinking subsequent ones were supposed to get easier ....and 21 hours long.
My advice would be to try and get as much rest as you can leading up to labour day .... IMO being tired definitely affects your pain threshold.
I also packed a big bag but personally found that when it came to it the CD player, magazines etc. were forgotten as I had to use all my concentration on the matter in hand. What I did find useful though was a very large flask of icy cold mineral water which I could take drinks/sips from throughout the process.
My baby was born 5 months ago and through my labour i swore i wouldnt do it again, but the pain is worth every second when your baby is handed to you, i already want another one!!!! I would say to take lavender oil for afterwards to put in the bath and make sure you take maternity clothes to wear home after, might be a while before you get back in your old jeans..... oh, and dont forget a camera to take the first pic's of your little bundle of joy. Wish you lots of luck, im sure you will be fine. :o)
the pain is not near as bad as the horror stories you will hear. i have a wonderful 2 year old bundle of joy and i was scared to death, i was only a size 2 and i was absolutely huge before i delivered and i just knew that i was having an extremely large baby, well, i did but i tell you that once its over all that pain is gone it is not like any other pain you will ever have. others pains will linger on and this on will not, once you see the baby all you can do is be histerical that you actually created something like that. i would do my labor pains over 10 times if i had to, to get my baby...