Friday, August 20, 2010
"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional." -M. Kathleen Casey
One should never understate pain, rather plan, prepare, and work with it. If you want to achieve an unmedicated birth you must exercise regularly, practice relaxation and breathing techniques, define roles of your birth attendants, and create a strategy with your coach. If you're not willing to commit to regular practice, you'll want to consider the epidural as an alternative coping tool.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
2 Cups Ice
1/2 cup canned Coconut Milk or Coconut Cream
1/2 tsp liquid stevia
1/2-1 Cup Water
Blend until smooth. Beat the Heat with this delicious treat! This makes 4 Small Servings or 2 Large Servings
Here are some of the benefits of a water birth:
- Water has a relaxing effect on mother and baby
- Water displaces gravitational pressures of contractions
- Water reduces the need for pain relief
- Water softens the skin on the perineum prior to birth
Find out what the policy is on water birth in the hospital where you plan to birth your baby. Even if you can't deliver your baby in water, you can still enjoy all of the above mentioned benefits until it's time to push.
Notice the cord visible from under the towell to the exterior of the tub? This is a doppler or external fetal monitor that allows my birth team to listen to the baby's heart beat continuously or intermittently as your provider requires. I am holding the monitor in place without the discomfort of bands secured on my abdomen.
Using breath control intensifies the muscular development. Using proper breathing during muscular contractions changes the mechanics of the exercies. You can use the breath control simultaneously with the contraction and relaxation of the muscles. By using them together you can tone in a unique way that allows you to practice the way you want to perform in labor. Contract the pelvic floor muscles deep inside as you draw the breath inside your body. Release the pelvic floor muscles as you slowly exhale with perfect fluid control.
Practice this technique in various positions. Some positions to consider:
Taylor Sit (cross-legged)
Cat Pose (Knees spread wide kneel on floor bend over and lean forward on elbows)
Hugging Rest (Kneel down and hug a supportive pillow, bean bag, or cushion)
All of your stretching and breathing practices will come in hand when labor begins!
Friday, August 13, 2010
How well do I control my thoughts?
Is my self talk positive?
Am I effective at self-medicating?
Am I generally up tight?
Do I have a high pain tolerance?
Now ask yourself:
How would I like to be?
What would I do differently?
Be honest with yourself. Lay down. Get comfortable. Imagine your favorite place in the world. Take note of the temperature and just control the environment in your mind for 20 minutes. Band all distracting thoughts. Stay completely focused on filling your mind with intended imagery.
When you get good at controlling your environment mentally in a quiet room. Practice the exercise in a room with mild distractions until you master your ability to stay focused. Eventually, allow others to be present and learn to tune them out.
Twenty minutes of focused relaxation is more powerful than 1 hour of R.E.M. Sleep. It's worth it. If you think your too busy or tired--you can't afford to not do it.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
1) Avoid food with flour and sugar
2) Eat small meals
3) Wear Bio Bands (Usually under $15)
4) Get fresh air
5) Use Peppermint oil for aromatherapy
6) Try Ginger Chews/Hard Candy or Preggie-Pops
Preggie-Pops are lollipops made with all natural ingredients including herbs and peppermint. They can help settle an upset stomach.
The New Parent Guide recently recognized MyBirthClass with their quality Seal of Approval. You can read more in this article. http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/node/495790