What's going to make it easier to pop this baby out?
September 6, 2010 11:10 AM Subscribe
What should I know / do / bring to help me make it through the pain and exhaustion of giving birth?
posted by kitcat to Health & Fitness (44 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
I'm due in two weeks, so this is last minute - meaning, getting a specialized coach or learning a complex technique that requires much practice is not on the table. That's not really my style anyways. I'm kind of stubbornly independent about these sorts of things.
Instead, I'm looking for your simple, down-to-earth tips, props or hacks to help me get through labour. What helped most with the pain? What made you feel happy and comfortable? What made things worse? I'm going to try to get through without an epidural for numerous reasons, but the main one is that I'm afraid it could increase the chances of me having a C section that could have been avoided (my hospital's number for them is about 40%). I'm all for narcotics and laughing gas, though. I've had a healthy pregnancy and the baby is presumably of average size. My husband will be with me during delivery and we've taken prenatal classes. What I know about labour can be summed up as follows:
- It's probably going to hurt a lot
- I should preserve my strength for the final stages and the pushing and sleep whenever possible
- I can only have certain drugs up to certain points, and laughing gas is an option until quite late in the game, while morphine or demerol are not
- I probably won't feel much like eating or even talking when the pain is at its worst
Thanks in advance for your advice. Also, I'm in Canada, so references to the American health care system (at least in terms of administration) won't make sense to me. But in terms of patient care, I'm pretty sure things are done almost identically.