Jinbean - Yay congrats on team ill update the board...
I think the best sort of advice i could give to any woman due to give birth is to keep as much as a open mind as Possible!!! Sometimes things just go wayyyyyyy out of your control and so you may get a completely different birthing experience than hoped for and it can be upsetting if you've planned on it happening this way or that way etc.
Yep totally agree Babee - I really wanted natural but couldn't quite get there, I do regret that and would love it to be natural this time but I'm not putting any pressure on myself to do it if I feel differently on the day. You just have to go with how you feel at the time and the advice of those around you.
Tens machines here aren't supplied by the hospital in most cases, you can buy them online or rent them. You should be able to get hold of them in the US. I bought mine and when I started getting contractions regularly I started using it then.
I tried gas and air and to be honest it did nothing for me. I'd recommend hypnobirthing though, I did that and I think thats how I got so far with no pain relief. It really helps you control your breathing.
yeah, i'm really considering hynobirthing. my mom (who gave birth naturally at home 5 times!!) really says they're fantastic.
i'm not deluded, haha, if i can't handle it, and i'm in agony, i'll be asking for drugs. i'm not THAT stubborn
my high-risk doctor has already told me that a c-section will be avoided at all costs for me, because he doesn't want to cut anywhere near my crohn's. i'm hoping that's the case, but i know all sorts of unavoidable things happen when babies show up!
jtink - completely understand re: c section. I need to try to avoid too as I need good core muscles because my backs ruined. I know loads of people who have given birth naturally so no reason to think you shouldn't be one of them!
As for birth I'm high-risk so have to be in hospital but if I can go natural I will but if I find want pain relief I'll do it. I'm really open to what I want. Like some of you have said, until it happens I guess I won't know but what I do know is I have a low pain threshold! I'm a bit of a cry baby really! A good friend of mine used hypnobirthing and said it was really good for helping her focus and stay calm.
I'm 20 weeks today and my scan is on Thursday at 8:30am. Only 2 more sleeps until we find out what we're having, providing Munchkin cooperates! As I'm off work at the moment I'm spending lots of time trying to guess the gender myself and driving myself mad in the process.
Would you lovely ladies mind having a guess for me? When I was in hospital with the headaches they did a scan - I was about 17 weeks I think. I've uploaded my 12 week first and the scan I just mentioned second so you can compare. Would also love to know why you think that gender!
I can't believe we're at the half way mark ladies!
I'd like to say that I want completely natural too but I'm going down the C section route and want as may drugs as they can safely pump into me without affecting the baby, before, during and after! Know that the pain is going to be worse after but I like the idea of having control over when it happens and being able to plan off the back of that.
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