How do you prepare yourself for labor?

What have you done to prepare yourself mentally/emotionally for labor? I’m starting to get anxious about it.

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I was so scared too with my first and my mom said well he can’t stay in there lol I have 4 now he will be ok

🤷:rofl: I refused to think about it at all, even while in labor and giving birth. :joy::joy: I feel like the more you think about it, the worse it gets

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I took a natural birthing class (I wanted to go without an epidural) and I read Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. Both were super helpful and I was able to have both kids unmedicated.

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I have delivered 5 and still get anxious and nervous :woman_facepalming:t2::woman_facepalming:t2:

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I didn’t really get to prepare my first came a week early but I honestly was happy because I got to meet him once week early. Pregnant with my second I’m just freaked as I don’t know if the father will come with me or if anyone will be able to come with me as everyone I know has kids

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I was scared before I had my first especially being 16, and the night I went into labor all my fears went away, I got excited! I was ready! I was going to go all natural too but when those contractions got too intense I screamed for that epidural and it made it extremely better, felt like a long poop for 20 minutes :joy: I’m due in November with my second and I have no fears about it at all I’m ready to give birth this time I know I want all the pain meds and epidural :joy:

Make sure you got a bag packed and ready to go I had one in the house incase I had to go any other way then by my car and one in the car, decide on the bigger things now like are you going to have an epidural or not, whose gonna be in the room etc. Just have a basic plan down and you’ll be fine

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I’ve had three-
Induced with my first. Went super easy.
My second I was terrified, if I waited 5 more minutes I would have delivered her at home or in the car on the way.
My third was even worse, had an emergency c-section.
Tubes tied after last one…

I’m more of a tough love person. I told myself I would get on the other side of labor eventually so suck it up and get through it. But, understandably, not everyone is ok with that approach. I got mean while I was pregnant. Ironically, my daughter is a bag of drama and emotions. :joy:

Honestly just breath and don’t let yourself get worked up. I went in to every pregnancy with the understanding that when it came time to have the baby the best plan was to go with the flow. Things happen and you just have to roll with it. Music can be helpful and soothing and also the main thing I can say is have the right person in the room especially during your first birth. My hubby has not been with me for any of the births of our 3 kids but that was our choice because he can’t handle seeing me in pain and well after number one he needed to be with the kid/kids while the next was being born.

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Lamaze helped me so much with breathing techniques and a focal point! No drugs, natural births, just breath thru contractions! Then push like hell so you can finally meet your lil babe

I just told myself: this is going to hurt, I know recovery can be a pain, big diapers are in your future, this delivery is going to go the way it’s going to go … so just go with it and do what’s best for you and the baby. Also at least five people are going to have their hands up there. Lol. :woman_shrugging:t2: Oh yeah and women are strong and I can do this shit. :muscle:t2: plus you get to finally see that sweet face. :heart_eyes:

Try not to think about it, it’s going to happen. All I focused on was wondering what my baby was going to look like!

Remember it’s not a disease, it goes away. Push like youre pooping.

I did nothing other than thinking about my baby girl being in my arms. I didnt watch videos I didnt take classes I chose not to focus on that. I was nervous and scared of course but I was more ready to meet her and be a mom than worried about delivery. We are made for this. You got this! And honestly it wasn’t as bad as I imagined it would be.

I was extremely nervous having my new born after 6 years later from my daughter. But trust my girl you will be just fine n the nurses are there to support you :heart: it will happen fast n wen your bby arrives you gonna be happy

I didnt worry about it all…until my 9th month when my last ultrasound picked up twins…and the doctor mentioning possible c~section…i went home and for the rest of the time told myself ill make these babies the old fashion way…but that didnt happen…i went into labor and the doctors tried for a few hours and i was only 3cm and then i was prepared for surgery…i felt like holding my belly and run out the operating room…but i came accross a team of such sweet doctors all male lol…and they sat with me and explain everything that i didnt know about…and when they were done i said ok lets do this within 2 hours those babies were in the world…i was so emotional…and eager to meet my boys i didnt think of pain…but being a first time mom kudos to our doctors that are bless with making us comprehend whats best for us and our babies…my boys are 10 years old how times have fly also have a 8 year old…

I as a nervous person was surprisingly calm when I went in to be induced. You’re gonna meet your baby :woman_shrugging:t2: your body knows what to do love

I took several birth classes throughout my pregnancy and gave myself mental pep talks regularly. When I finally went into labor, I was fully prepared and breezed through it all naturally.