26 Oct 2011

Preparing for Labour

At my week 34 visit with the midwife, thinking about this post, I asked “In 2006 one of my friends told me that she used homeopathic kit, evening primrose oil, raspberry leaf tea and arnica, to prepare herself for labour. I would like to know more about.”

“Very well because it is on the list of things to talk about today.”

She explained all my queries. So since last Saturday I am drinking a cup of raspberry leaf tea to help the muscle of the uterus tone up for labour. Red-Raspberry-Leaf-Tea

I am going to start using the evening primrose oil next week to help the cervix soften. I read the side effects of primrose, but I also read that baby will not come if she or he is not ready to come into the world. primrose oilFrom week 39 I will do more movements thanks to Berry Birth Dance & Upbeat playlist. And from week 40 I will start using the homeopathic kit she recommends. This is just a way to prepare naturally.

Yesterday, our midwife came home for the week 36 home visit routine. Is part of the service to confirm if the house is appropriate for home/water birth. We talked about our birth plan and I am happy about it – I will share some details in another post.

In the afternoon we went to talk to the anaesthetist. Now, in case of an epidural I am more informed. I am not scared to have the needle around my lower area as I was in these posts. Talking to the anaesthetist in private helps a lot because I now understand that things have moved on since I had my lumbar puncture (LP) and epidural is very different from LP. Now, I know that IF I have to have an epidural I will not freak out, because my goal in labour is HEALTH BABY-HEALTHY MUM.

Are you using anything to prepare yourself for labour? Do you have a birth plan?

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like you're taking all the right, healthy and natural steps to prepare for the birth of your baby :)

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  2. I used hypnobabies C.D to prepare me for labor.
    I started to make a birth plan, but stopped because I knew I was having a hospital birth and it can go anyway. Luckily it went the way I wanted.

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  3. Good luck with everything Toi...

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  4. so great to get prepared and be ready for whats to come. i will be sure to chat with you when it's my turn.

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  5. It's awesome that you are looking at some healthy and natural ways to make the birthing day easier! Wish you nothing but good wishes sweets!

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  6. Sounds like you are right on track and doing all the right things. I wish you a smooth process, but just know baby will come whenever and however when the time is right.
    SN: I had a great epidural experience. =)

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  7. Thank you ladies :)

    @Monique, I will be happy to give you tips wen is your turn :)!

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  8. My original birthplan for my 1st son called for a completely natural labor process. Welp after 6 hours of pain and tears, I got the epidural and let me tell you, what a waste of time the pain and the tears were! This time around as soon as a doctor mentions the word....I'm down! I decided not to go the birth plan route this time as it all went up in flames last time. I am prepared for however, I just want baby to be healthy!

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