I'm currently looking at recommendations for books on how to prepare your body for a natural birth and stay relaxed, focussed etc. during labour. It's worth mentioning that I am an optimist.....
BTW all you mums please feel free to laugh at me - I know what will happen is going to happen regardless of how prepared I am / not, but I need to at least have the illusion of some control!
I've seen a few on Amazon that look good, have any of you used them? They are:
The Gentle Birth Method: The Month-by-month Jeyarani Way Programme
Birth and Beyond: The Definitive Guide to Your Pregnancy, Your Birth, Your Family - From Minus 9 to Plus 9 Months
Or if not were there any good books you'd suggest?
i borrowed some books from friends but they were mostly about caring for babies rather than the birth.
I love using the internet to find things out (and i have it all saved in spreadsheet) yes i am that sad.
i also like to read other womens birth stories, hope that helps
oh and i was addicted to discovery home and health with my 1st pregnancy.
HAHA Ems - I am addicted to that channel already and had student midwives on series link.
Cat - i'm not sure about books to be honest - but will keep a eye on your post as its quite a interesting topic xx
Same here Sarah. My birth took a different path to the one i had though it would. You can read all the books but tbh i think it all depends on how things go,iykwim. I went over due and was booked for an induction but went into spontanious labour on my induction day but was still sent to have my waters broken,no one told me this could make the labour pain increase quickly.
Defo keep an open mind about it all but have a back up plan just in case(if i had the chance to have discussed pain relief i would have had an epidural after having waters broken then needing the drip)
Hope you are able to find what your looking for.
Ems your post made me laugh - everything I plan is in Excel! I still have loads of stuff in there from planning the wedding nearly 3 years ago....
Everyone, thanks for the suggestions. I was planning on finding a yoga / pilates class locally in any case as I thought that would help with pelvic floor as well as breathing, so it's nice to have that confirmed.
And yes I do know that the best laid plans all can go out of the window depending on what happens, but I'd rather have a plan in the first place just so I have something to build on iykwim.... I would rather think I can get by without any major pain relief if possible, but I think until you experience it you don't know how well you can cope - I certainly am not going to rule it out!
i did ante natal yoga when pg with luka, more so i could get an hours peace to myself once a week!!! it was blissful, but i didn't use any of it during the birth. i was unwell with a chest infection and sinusitis so ended up with my first ever epidural (fab!) plan to go 'not to plan' and you will be ok!! my fave pg book is minus one to 9 by jules oliver which is more a biog of her two pgs and coping with two small children a lovely read tho, and i am a huge fan of the baby whisperer as well, which is a very good book when you have a newborn and want to try and implement some form of normality!
Your midwife will be able to point you in right direction re. ante natal yoga/pilates tho!
oh Nicola my friend has told me about the baby whisperer book she said it was fantastic
Pauline I hadn't heard of aqua-natal. I normally swim 2-3 times a week, but with having had a cold for nearly 2 months that has gone out of the window. Longing to get back to it though, will see if my swimming pool has any info on it next week.
Yes I am planning on ante-natal classes but again I have no idea what to expect. I'm making a list now of things to ask the midwife next time (14th January).
Jo that's almost exactly the kind of thing I'm trying to get - enough knowledge so I can make informed choices whatever happens. I've just had a look at Sheila Kitzinger - blimey she has written loads of books!! I'll have to see if the local library has any so I can browse a bit.
If all goes OK with the pregnancy, then I am planning on having the birth at the local midwife unit which would mean a lot less intervention in any case. Early days to say though!
I think one of the difficult things is that obviously Neil won't be around for the classes / appointments. I have my BF who is prepped for being his stand-in, but it's not quite the same!
Hi Laura - we're in a bad area for tv, no digital reception til 2012, no satellite dishes allowed as we're in a conservation area, no cable companies out this far in the sticks. We don't even get channel 5!
So books and on-line vids are fine, trying not to look at vids at the moment though as I don't want to scare myself before I know what's going on
There are lots of benefits though - clear starry nights that we can see and loads of wildlife bopping around. Wouldn't swap!
Jo I've just found a book by Sheila Kitzinger called "Birth over 35". That's definitely me! Have you read that one?
As you can probably tell I've been on-line all morning on NHS, NCT, yoga, everything else type sites. And I've been sustaining myself with chocolate biscuits. Have suddenly realised I should be going for a walk and doing some housework and eating properly, oops!
lol Cat dedicated to the cause there lol
Have you bought that book?
was going to ask people about good books to give advice for looking after newborns.. Feel a bit rusty as Ben's going to be 3 this year, and Shawn did most of looking after Ben as I was working when he was 3 weeks old.
do you think the baby whisperer is the best one?
Sarah - no I haven't yet, I've bookmarked loads of book recommendations though and I'll be checking out the local library to see if they're in, also a friend locally who had her baby a few months ago has told me to read hers so I can "try before I buy"!
Also my SIL has apparently been looking out maternity clothes and books for me, her youngest is 2 1/2 now so that's really good too.
I'm really trying to find stuff out now about books and ante-natal so I can have a list of q's to ask the midwife when I see her next, looking forward to it!
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