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I'm 33 weeks. Due Jan 21. Im already 100% more prepared on natural birth than I was with my first seeing as I knew NOTHING then. But I still feel I need some more knowledge.
For example I read a post that one of you started shaking but you knew it was normal so you didn't freak. I shook with my first when it was time to push but I thought it was the epi.
Are there key things I should read up on regarding what to expect, like shaking?
I was induced with both my previous kids. #1 was originally a scheduled elective induction to which my doctor commented "if you make it that far!" But then my water broke at 36+6, nearly all the way effaced, and 4cm dilated and I went 5 hours with NO contractions, so we started pitocin. I am typically an impatient person and was so tired of having early/false labor episodes and wondering if it was really time or not. They started at 34 weeks and I would go into L&D just to be sent home because it would stop. (Those are how I ended up so dilated and effaced when my water broke.) #2 I had the same episodes of early/false labor and happily accepted the offer of elective induction at 39 weeks. Got into a room at 2PM, and she was born at 7PM. I only took one ibuprofen for pain my entire recovery stay, and was happily walking around before leaving the hospital. I had epidurals both times, and there were no complications, so it seems by body does handle inductions well. But, I still just feel like I need to be more patient with this one and let him, nature, & God run the show.
So, I am almost 26 weeks, and already have two determinations: 1: to go into labor on my own (no induction unless medically necessary) and 2: to not go to the hospital until I am SURE it is really time. I actually kind of jokingly wonder if I will even MAKE it to the hospital with that mindset. I don't remember having any PAINFUL contractions (that I couldn't talk through) until after having pitocin. So, by the time I am SURE it is time, will I even have time to get my kids taken care of before heading to the hospital? HA! Luckily, I am only 10 minutes (max) away, and have several friends also within 10 minutes that are my go-to people to take care of my kids.
Anyway, assuming I do make it to the hospital, with how small my babies were (both under 7lbs, so far this one is measuring small too) and how easy my recovery was after being induced (it was harder after #1, but still not bad); do I really NEED all that other stuff?? Will I be able to make it mostly through labor without wanting an epidural if I don't have pitocin? Will my recovery be just as easy if not easier?
So, then what about those weeks leading up to labor? If I want nature to just take its course, and go into labor when BABY is ready, how much should I AVOID things that give me contractions (sex, walking, etc... especially seeing that sex will already at least make me cramp for several hours). Is it okay to have a "I'm gonna do what I want when I want, even if it gives me contractions" type of attitude? I mean, they do say that all the natural ways to induce labor will only work if baby is actually ready anyway. I am not feeling like a stickler for my due date, or trying to specifically wait until then. It is more important to me to just let him come when HE's ready; not just when I am ready. And I don't necessarily care if that is 37 weeks or 41 weeks.
What are your experiences? If you have similar goals, what are you doing to achieve what you want. What advice do you have for me to achieve what I want? What input might you have that is good for me to know and consider before i venture into that stage of my pregnancy?? :)
That is... If you actually made it all the way through my ramblings... Lol