Whether or not you choose to get an epidural during labor, you will need to cope with a certain amount of contractions. Because hospitals recommend not getting the epidural until you’re dilated because it can slow down labor, you will need to cope with early labor contractions. But, contractions don’t have to be painful and you can avoid pain in labor.
What hospitals don’t always tell you is that they can only give you an epidural during a certain timeframe. And that window of time can be very small. Especially if you dilate quickly.
If you’re too far dilated, then it can be too late.
So, even if you want the epidural, you should prepare yourself and learn how to avoid painful contractions just in case you can’t get the epidural for some reason.
By no fault of their own, I had many well-intending people warn me that my second labor would be much harder than my first. This, as you can imagine, was not what I wanted to hear when pregnant with our second baby.
I would smile and nod.
When you’re pregnant, you have to work hard to not only grow a baby, but also keep a peaceful environment around you (and in your head!).
Take my word for it, if you don’t have something nice to say to a pregnant lady, don’t say nothin’ at all.
I gave birth to my daughter in a birthing center. Mainly because I don’t like IVs. I wanted the freedom to move about. And, I wanted to eat and drink some sort of electrolyte drink for labor.
I have heard of women sneaking snacks and drinks into a hospital birth as well. You didn’t hear that from me though! Of course, don’t take my word for it. You’ll want to check with your doctor to make sure that’s ok first.
Labor can be long. It’s tiring. It drains your energy. And, if you want to have energy during the pushing phase, then you’ll need to snack and stay hydrated during early labor
It’s finally here! For months I’ve been dreaming about these last few months of pregnancy and getting baby’s room ready. I’ve survived the morning sickness, worked out through the second trimester energy, and now I’m finally huge and ready to be done with my third trimester checklist. I can see the light at the end of this tunnel and it has a cute little baby face.
This pregnancy has been so different than my first. With my daughter, by six months I had the entire nursery set up and the pregnancy seemed to last forever. I even had a baby shower before we found out my daughter’s gender. I had a much different baby shower this pregnancy which I’ll talk about in another post.
Entertain your toddler for hours with these 3 household items
We all know this scenario. Your toddler is fussy and clingy. Every time you put her down so you can make dinner she screams at the top of her lungs. The struggle is real. Everyone needs to eat, but how do you entertain your toddler with activities and keep him occupied for at least 30 minutes while you at least whip up some mac & cheese?
Honestly, there have been times when I just turn on the TV. Far too many times actually. It’s just so easy. But lately, even that isn’t enough to entertain my needy almost-two-year-old while I manage to cook or, heaven forbid, take a five-minute shower!