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#1 MissButtercup

Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:17 PM

Hi there,
What are you doing to prepare yourself for labour and birth? I've just order Calm Birth and Birth Skills to read and have been continuing my normal routine at the gym to keep my fitness up.
Closer to due date I'll take raspberry leaf tea but not sure what else at this stage. This will hopefully be VBA2C so trying as many things as I can.

Edited by MissButtercup, 08 May 2012 - 01:39 PM.


#2 password123

Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:38 PM

I'm 37 weeks and I'm currently:
- using the epi-no
- listening to my hypnobabies tracks (one a day)
- taking 2g raspberry leaf, and 1g evening primrose capsules twice daily.
- trying to walk the dogs every day but it's getting hard because I get shooting pains up my vag and pass about 5 houses before I get the overwhelming urge to pee

#3 White-Lily

Posted 07 May 2012 - 01:29 PM

I still have a while to go but I will just do what I did with DD
- bounce on my fit ball whenever possible
- take RLT (tablet form)
- re-read Birth Skills and practice visualization and relaxation techniques
- remain active
- have more sex

#4 MissButtercup

Posted 07 May 2012 - 07:48 PM

What's epi-no? That's a new one for me?

Will have to ad the evening promise to my routine further down the track... The fit ball as well


#5 Babby and Roo

Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:05 PM

I'm 35 weeks. Been reading birth skills and taking note of exercises I like the look of. Plan to photocopy some of the key pages and highlight things to show DH and to take into hospital. I plan to practice some of the exercises as well - I got some juggling balls/stress balls to give some of those strategies a go.

I'm also planning on starting perineal massage from next week so will need to look up the technique. Would love not to tear this time.

As the date gets closer will probably try and have sex more often for the prostaglandin - if I'm in the mood at that stage lol.  

Bouncing on fitball is a good idea, and obviously trying to keep active and walk as often as I can but I have to admit I'm not great with that as I work full time in an office job.

Edited to add - Also making sure I psych myself up psychologically for the labour, reminding myself of the physiology of it all so I can visualise it,  and also the motivating / empowering things I can say to myself at the time

Edited by Strawberry Wellies, 07 May 2012 - 08:07 PM.


#6 Mrs Feral Widget

Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:25 PM

Whatvdoes bouncing on a fit ball do??

I'm aiming for a VBAC. So far I have a doula, am reading Hypnobirthing, do a hypnobirth meditation each night, focus on positive visualization and mindfulness.

#7 ubermum

Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:42 PM

I'm 37 weeks this week with no.3.

I bought a capsule today. I probably should buy some maternity pads to have on hand and think about packing a bag. I have loaded some self hypnosis for labour mp3's onto my phone, but I want to finish an essay for uni and the book I am reading first. Oh and I have told my mum that she is my back up drive to the hospital driver if dh is away at work when it happens, I will just drive me and the kids to her place and let her take over from there. I'm actually not that prepared. I want it out but don't want to go early. I feel like if I am ready, I will encourage what already feels like a baby that is in a hurry.

#8 ferallyferalmootmo

Posted 08 May 2012 - 08:46 AM

I did prenatal yoga from about 5 months to 1 day before birth (DS born March).  It really helped reduce aches and increase flexibility during pregnancy, as well as helped during labour.  I recommed it highly.

#9 Chelara

Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:01 AM

Vbac attempt here too. Not allowed to go overdue so I am a little desperate (dd was a week over). I am doing the evening primrose oil internally and orally, raspberry leaf capsules- which are safe to start from second trimester onward, clary sage oil - have just started this as I am now 37.5 weeks. I have birth skills but have only quickly read through it and need to do so again. Lots of walking.

#10 White-Lily

Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:10 PM

I just found bouncing on the fit ball was great for my posture/sore back and hips and I heard it would help to get DD into position and keep her there.
No idea if it actually did anything of worth but it felt good and was comfortable. DD's birth was a straight forward, quick VB with no damage.

#11 Turquoise1

Posted 09 June 2012 - 11:47 PM

Thanks ladies - really helpful. I'm overseas and unable to arrange hospitals or those important little and big things. Research for the birth is all I have so...thanks for the info!

#12 louiseos

Posted 23 June 2012 - 11:52 PM

QUOTE (MissButtercup @ 05/05/2012, 04:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi there,
What are you doing to prepare yourself for labour and birth? I've just order Calm Birth and Birth Skills to read and have been continuing my normal routine at the gym to keep my fitness up.
Closer to due date I'll take raspberry leaf tea but not sure what else at this stage. This will hopefully be VBA2C so trying as many things as I can.


I've seen lots of references to raspberry leaf tea - but conflicting information about it. What is your understanding of the benefits?

QUOTE (Mrs_Snorks @ 07/05/2012, 12:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm 37 weeks and I'm currently:
- using the epi-no
- listening to my hypnobabies tracks (one a day)
- taking 2g raspberry leaf, and 1g evening primrose capsules twice daily.
- trying to walk the dogs every day but it's getting hard because I get shooting pains up my vag and pass about 5 houses before I get the overwhelming urge to pee


I too am using the epi-no. More so for strengthening my pelvic floor muscles at the moment. I find it keeps popping out though - do you have this problem?

Other than epi-no, I'm trying to exercise a bit and I'm reading a book on hypnobirthing - not sure how I'll go with that.

#13 WaitForIt

Posted 24 June 2012 - 07:50 AM

QUOTE (louiseos @ 23/06/2012, 11:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I too am using the epi-no. More so for strengthening my pelvic floor muscles at the moment. I find it keeps popping out though - do you have this problem?


I have the same problem, I hold it in place. Very annoying but I don't see a way around it... even when I have it pumped up quite high this happens, I guess the body is naturally designed to expel round head shaped objects!  biggrin.gif


#14 louiseos

Posted 24 June 2012 - 08:06 AM

WaitForIt - yeah that's what I'm doing. I've been told this isn't uncommon, but it feels weird having to hold it there! LOL

Then again, epi-no itself feels a bit strange at times! I find I really have to concentrate!

Can I ask how long you've been using it & what stage of pregnancy you're at? Yesterday, I inflated it a little and man did it hurt - felt like it was burning down there. Once it popped out I was expecting it to be huge but then nearly died laughing when I realised how little it was inflated! I have some way to go before I seriously start the stretching phase of training. Scared me a little though ... Hehe

#15 lakurumau

Posted 24 June 2012 - 04:56 PM

In reply to a PP's question, there's no scientific evidence to show that raspberry leaf teas/pills make any difference to labour and birth, but some women swear by it. I think it's also taken to help with menstruation. It has a long anecdotal history.

Toning the uterus is supposed to be the main benefit, for pregnancy anyway.

I drank the tea plenty in my first pregnancy...this time around I put my skeptical scientific brain on and did some research...and have been less convinced that it's really worth doing. However, I did end up buying some RL teabags yesterday and drank my first cup this morning. It's quite nice with a bit of mint.

Mostly all I've done to prepare is: made sure my hospital bags are packed, picked up a new tube of lansinoh and aimed to meditate every day. Oh, and I am sleeping or powernapping whenever I can!! Last pregnancy I did loads of yoga and a bit of swimming, but physical activity is mostly unappealing this time around (I'll go for a swim if I'm not napping instead while DD is at kindy).

Does wishing the time away also count as preparation?

#16 ceska21

Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:30 AM

What a wonderful thread!  I too am a CalmBirth student, with a husband who thanked me for finding this course & our wonderful midwife!  Breathing, exercise & meditation are high on my agenda tomm and for the remaining time left until the arrival of our daughter, I've also added some guided mediation, which works for me.

This is the link I used to find a course / practitioner (http://www.calmbirth...u/register/home ) Now I wasn't a fan of Peter Jackson's CD's as we found them too basic, so instead I've had suggested Sarah Edelman, who is amazing!  

Best of luck planning, enjoy the process & deal with any fears you have well before, allows the most beautiful excitement to prevail original.gif





#17 MissButtercup

Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:55 AM

Thought I'd revive this old thread to see if there's any new ideas...

#18 lozoodle

Posted 12 October 2012 - 09:37 AM

I just rest as much as possible. I don't do anything special. Rest and stay calm.

#19 hiccamups

Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:14 PM

I'm freaking out, that's about all. original.gif

Otherwise, I'm putting aside some comfy trackies and planning a trip to get a couple of new shirts to wear in the hospital.

Otherwise, I'm in a bit of a pickle.

#20 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:22 PM

Awesome thread! The tips are great! I'm a while off labour but thinking about what I can do to prepare for it!

#21 Missmarymack

Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:31 PM

I'm almost 37 weeks. I've been reading Birth Skills and New Active birth, trying to do some yoga each week, going for walks to keep my fitness up, I'm about to write some affirmations down on some flash cards (i did this with DD1 and while they never made it out of my labour bag, the process of writing  and reading them prior to the birth helped set me in the right frame of mind), I need to write out a list of my birth preferences for my DH, and I've been practicing m relaxation breathing and meditation. And I am going to pack my labour/hospital bag on Monday wink.gif

Fingers crossed this birth goes as well as my first!

And thanks for the reminders about raspberry leaf tea and perineal massage - I'd forgotten about them!

#22 Gembac8019

Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:32 PM

so what does evening primrose oil capsules do exactly? do you take them orally or put them up your vag? how many do u take and when do you start? lol.

also same with the RL Tea?



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