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January 3, 2011 8:45 AM Subscribe
Whoa, boy! Or...girl? Newly pregnant. Very, very unexpected. Second kid. What do I differently with this pregnancy?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Due in September, maybe? My first pregnancy was great. But during labor, if anything could go wrong, it went wrong. My New Year's resolution, since the timing is so apt, is to do things differently this time.
So far I am:
-not planning to announce this pregnancy at all. People will find out by my belly getting bigger or by my puking with greater frequency than usual. This second time is really subdued for me in that regard, and I don't want to deal with other people's extreme emotions when I have my own going on.
-planning a homebirth. No admonishments. AND absolutely NO JUDGEMENTS! I have done my research. I have talked to people. This is my choice, and it will not change. I did it the hospital way last time, and unless I absolutely have to, I will not do it that way again.
-planning to buy a hospital grade breast pump
-exercising more --- I have so far done yoga, have resolved to take the stairs instead of the elevator at work. I have several prenatal fitness DVDs in my Amazon cue based on previous question recommendations and will be making a purchase shortly.
-get some prenatal massage lovin' a few times
-get a new birth doula --- mine is unavailable in September, and I'm sorta freaking about finding a new one.
-look into hiring a mother's helper or a post-partum doula
-having no visitors for two weeks after baby is born
What else should I aim to do? What did you do differently with your subsequent pregnancies after having a terrible labor and birth experience? What did you differently in the immediate post-partum period?