Saturday, March 10, 2012
I don't know if I've ever shared here what I do.
You see since my first labor and delivery was so long and difficult I decided to learn a few things. With my first I walked, a lot! That was all I did. Perhaps if I had known that I was getting ready for a 26 hr marathon I would have done more.
With my next baby I dug into research. I realized one of the reasons I had such a hard time with the first was baby's posterior position. I was ready to do all I could to make sure that baby #2 was not going to be posterior! I found out that being on all fours would use gravity to turn baby. I spent a lot of time crawling around on in our little trailer. Which my 2yr old loved. I also did side lunges with my foot on a chair or stool.
Baby #2 was a brief 4hrs. That was good. But I still had stitches, not as bad as the first, but I really believed there was more that I could have done. Or done different.
With #3 I discovered that it wasn't more I needed to do but less. Less pushing. Or actually no pushing, more of a "blowing air into a balloon" technique. This baby was out in 2 1/2 hrs, and I didn't push, and I didn't need any stitches. I had also added red raspberry leaf tea to my prep list. This was by far the easiest labor, not painful, intense and quick, but not painful. Unfortunately this one I post partum hemorrhaged.
There are lots of details that I'm leaving out. I mostly want to focus on the preparing for labor.
#4 I was in the hospital 45min. I think all total that labor was 1 1/2. Again, the exercises, the tea, the no pushing.
#5 well it had been 6 yrs since #4, I wasn't doing much for exercise and because of the medication I was on for her heart I was pretty inactive. I was afraid to take the tea in case it interacted with the drugs. But I still applied my "no pushing" and I didn't get a single stitch. Plus her head was in transverse position and I delivered her that way (not a stitch!). That labor took about 7hrs.
Here we are with baby #6. I have found new exercises to add to my list. I have been doing the all fours with pelvic tilts. I just added one forward-leaning inversion a day. I make sure I sit straight, not reclined. I have at least 1 if not 2 cups of red raspberry leaf tea a day.
If you are pregnant, no matter what number you are on, I highly recommend Spinning Babies.com.
There is a wealth of information there. Not just to prepare your body for labor, but even what to do in labor.
I've been a little hesitant to write on here what I do in labor. Only because I don't think everyone wants to know. If you want me to write about the labor and delivery part let me know.