Are you planning a natural birth or a medicated one?
I have begun my search in making the right choice for my birthing experience. If I am given the green light on a vaginal birth I think I want to do it all natural. I have been looking up child birth classes and I want to know what you ladies are thinking about? How was your birthing experience?
i'd like a natural water birth... but will see what happens!
i'm not gonna put too much pressure on myself nd jus take everythin as it comes.
i am however puttin in my birth plan that under no circumstances do i want an epidural.
I would like some pain relief but my last 2 babies were born too quick for me to be able to have any. Possibly being induced this time because of the fast labours so may be able to get some sort of analgesic I hope. And if I can't I know that I have had 4 labours without any pain relief so I do know I can cope... I just don't want to.
With my first I had wanted to only have gas & air, but as she took 36 hours to make an appearance and I was exhausted I nearly had the midwife's arm off when she offered pethidine (so I could sleep between contractions).
With my son I was all natural; I had my partner and my sister, and was lucky in that even though I chose to give birth in a birth centre, my midwife was on duty there that day. I had nothing, not even gas and air, for most of the time because I was coping by just staying calm, then got into the birthing pool, had a little gas and air then (so I could listen and NOT PUSH when told to, lol), ten minutes later he was out...and I'd go as far as to say that it was actually a pleasant birth! Easy, manageable, calm, I didn't tear, I felt great afterwards...really keeping fingers crossed this one will go in a similar way.
I had a cesarean birth last time and am going to try everything to avoid it this time.
I'm also hoping to just have gas and air this time. I think that last time I had a drip to speed up contractions and at the same time had an epidural. Then while I was numb and my contractions speeded up the epidural was turned down and from going to no pain to extreme pain was too much. I am hoping I feel all my contractions and not have the sudden extremity of them, with gas and air just taking the edge off.
I also have the naive view that this is my 2nd labour and it will go quicker. lol. Positive thinking! x
I have no idea what to expect when it comes to it. I have no idea how I'll be able to manage the pain, how I'll cope. Im terrified thinking about it. I guess I want to be able to feel the experience as much as possible and stick it out as much as I can with just gas and air but if I really can't cope I can see myself asking for an epidural but only as a last resort I think.
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