Childbirth. What's up with that?
May 14, 2014 2:31 PM Subscribe
Next in the string of Major Life Events: getting this kid out of me. I feel like most of the resources out there (including the classes I was looking to for advice) are pitched toward people who have already decided whether or not to have a natural, unmedicated childbirth, especially here in granola-land. I don't know; I want the baby out and safe, but I don't care about being SuperMom; I am pretty sure there's no reason to be in pain if I don't have to be. I just want to be able to get through it and be with my husband and baby. Thoughts, experiences, advice?
posted by Madamina to Health & Fitness (56 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
What kind of language can I use in talking to my providers about what I want? What are the sort of steps and benchmarks of what I can choose?
I'm in the USA, will be close to 35, first timer, currently 27.5 weeks pregnant. (Due August 11.) Husband = awesome partner.
Plans are to give birth at our well-regarded hospital birthing center, where my OB may or may not be available (they have a rotating team). The birthing suite has a nice Jacuzzi and a yoga ball. I will probably get a doula, but I haven't met one yet. The hospital says outside people are welcome to come in -- massage, probably acupuncture, even aromatherapy (they've had someone in the past).
I am overweight and have had low back pain all my life, but otherwise the baby side of the pregnancy has been very healthy. Doing prenatal Pilates. No gestational diabetes. Did test positive for Group B Strep, though.
Also, I have ADD and recurring anxiety and am not great at focusing, meditation, whatever.
I have had surgery in the past (broken elbow) and do pretty well with anesthesia if needed. I generally take pain medication only if absolutely necessary, but during pregnancy I have had reflux/back/pain/possible gallbladder issues that have only gone away with the use of Vicodin or hydrocodone (one pill). I have managed sitting around in pain by listening to long symphonies that distract me from thinking about how long I've been hurting.
KathrynT, that human research repository, tells me that one reason to go unmedicated is that the feedback loop between uterus and brain is one of the things that helps labor move along, and you want to wait until things are really galloping along before you start messing with that, or you can get into a kind of a crappy slow labor/pitocin/stressed baby situation. And things hurt *a lot* sometimes before they get really galloping along. What worked for her was managing labor without medication for as long as she was having contractions, but when the contractions started having HER... epi her up.