I freaking love y’all. I mentioned that I was a little anxious for labor & delivery as it’s approaching in the next two weeks, and SO many of you delivered with the best tips and advice to help ease my fears! I compiled some of my favorite messages and listed them below. It was way too good not to share the wealth!
- Go in with no expectations other than meeting your little babe and just enjoy it
- Let your husband be involved (if he wants to be)
- It’s worth it! The pain won’t last forever, but the love you have will
- Don’t waste your energy
- Have an advocate
- Drink raspberry leaf tea
- Exercise balls, warm baths, heat packs on your back and walk around while in labor
- Eat before or on the way to the hospital because usually they won’t let you eat during active labor
- I tried to do 100 squats a day and had my baby in three hours from first contraction to delivery
- Trust your body! Move where it says to move, pee when you have to pee, even if it’s on the floor
- Preload a playlist that calms you, practice deep breaths to exhale the tension and pain
- Prenatal Yoga – recommend Harmony Yoga with Neely Sadden
- Bring slippers and if you get hot ask the nurses for a fan
- Save any cute custom gown for after delivery
- Things may not go according to your plans and that’s ok
- Go into labor/delivery with an open mind
- See if the lactation consultant can work with you right away after delivery
- Don’t listen to any of the horror stories
- Pack jolly ranchers- you typically can’t eat and they help when you’re starving
- Be prepared for unexpected contractions while nursing the first time
- Instant skin on skin will help your milk supply
- Relax and focus on one thing… breathing
- Dim lights
- Bring a comfort item that soothes you
- Get the epidural & breatheeee
- Remember that your sweet babe is just around the corner.
- Let go of all your expectations
- Make sure you bring hair ties and chapstick
- Get the epidural before anything else
- No amount of books or classes prepare you but the parental instincts are strong and kick in quickly
- Bring your nurses treats!
- Ice chips… lots of ice chips
- Take a bath, it helps with contractions
- Eat dates to help with labor
- Push when you feel ready, not just when you’re at 10cm
- Bring meals to the hospital, not just snacks.
- You’ve got this!
Leave all expectations of what a birth should be like and just go with what feels right to you. You’ll feel less pressure and roll with the punches.
Love this! Thank you!