Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Labor and Delivery Tips for Myself

I put "to myself" in the title because that's the main reason I wanted to write this. Some things that were helpful to me last time are still pretty fresh in my mind and I want to remember them in May/June when it comes time to deliver baby #2!




EVERY pregnancy/labor/birth is different so this isn't a know-it-all list of precisely what will help. Just simply a list of what helped me last time. I've already been having some fears about the next go around and one of the main ones is that it could be completely different from my last experience and I'll freak out. Which it very well could be, but I can't think like that. It's a new challenge, a new opportunity to trust the Lord. Our Bible study leader said that months ago about something he was facing and it's something that's stuck with me ever since. When challenges arise they are opportunities to trust God in a new way.

With that being said, here is a list of what helped me when birthing my first child. Or things that I want to do differently this time. I cannot emphasize enough that these statements are directed toward myself. :)

  • Take every opportunity in the labor process to sleep. Yes, it is exciting that you are in labor. But when you are on your 30th hour of hard labor you will need every minute of rest that you were able to fit in. 
  • Eat nourishing food to fuel yourself up. 
  • You have a lot of adrenaline going, but keep the environment calm. Turn on the Coldplay and light those candles.
  • Take it one contraction at a time. Don't think big picture and get overwhelmed. God will give you the grace and the strength to get through the next contraction, and that's one more closer to being done.
  • Don't fight the contractions. Let your body do what it needs to do. Your muscles are pushing the baby down and out. It's amazing, really. Let them do their job. Breathe through them and don't tense up. Keep your face relaxed and your voice tone low.
  • Find what works for you. Walking, swaying, tub, shower, exercise ball, birthing stool. laying down, whatever. Counter pressure or none. Encouraging words or silence. Just do what works.
  • When you throw up, that's a good sign. Things are happening.
  • When it feels like it's the worst and you can't go any longer, you CAN. And this is potentially the turning point. You're near the finish line.
  • Talk to the Lord, He is a very present help in time of need.
  • You will know what the urge to push is when it comes.
  • Listen to your body and your midwives. 
  • When you can finally push, push with all your might when your midwife says so. Don't forget to breathe. Don't fear the pushing. The baby exit always sounds the worst, but you may not even remember it.
  • Cherish your time with that new baby on your chest. It's surreal, but try to let it soak in.
  • Let your husband take some pictures, your hands are shaking too much to do the picture taking!
  • Don't be afraid of getting an IV of fluids, a shot, stitches, or anything like that. It's all in your head. You just pushed out a baby, you can handle these little things! Just look at your husband and talk to him. Look at your baby and focus on that.
  • Take it easy on your body. The nurse is there to help you. Don't worry about getting blood anywhere, this isn't a hotel. They expect a mess!
  • Accept all offers of food and help from your excited family. It is not a burden on them at all and they are loving it (even with no sleep). Don't worry about being a hostess.
  • Take some time with your husband to reflect on what you just did. It's a lot to process and you  need some alone time with him.
  • Eat, eat, eat! It will help you recover and breastfeed!

5 comments:

  1. You look absolutely wonderful in those photos dear! Can't wait to see see all you have to share about Baby #2.
    XO Elisebeth (blissfulblessedbeloved.wordpress.com)

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  2. From my experience, the second was so much faster, and thank goodness I had no back labor! So, it didn't seem to hurt *as much.* ;-)

    You've got this!!

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  3. I found this really helpful as I tend to freak out when the pain kicks in, perhaps I should pray more in labour, I guess im so occupied with pain it consumes me! All the best with your second delivery x

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