Get educated to get pumped:
You birth plan won’t get you through it:
Write a letter to yourself:
I did this last time too. This is my key and I repeat my affirmations in my head OVER and OVER during birth. Here is my letter this time:
In the deepest part of me, I believe in you. I know you can do this.
As you inch closer to delivering this baby, remember that.
Your body is meant to give birth. SO many women have done this before you, many without the option of an epidural or pain medications at all. This will be your greatest challenge, but you will feel completely empowered when you overcome it. Think about how great you’ll feel! The finish line will be the greatest gift in the world: a second precious bundle.
During birth, repeat this: Amy, You are made to do this. You are strong. You are SO strong. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe your baby out. The baby needs you to breathe.
In the times that you are scared or overwhelmed, be encouraged that you’ve done it before, and those feelings came up last time too. Be encouraged that you have an amazing husband and nurse to help you.
During birth, think of every contraction as a repeat 400 track workout that you have to accomplish. You have to stay within that 400. Take 10 slow/deep breaths, and then look at your running watch to see how much longer you have to go. During the break, don’t fear the next contraction but DO celebrate that you just got through. Because that contraction you just finished got you closer to meeting your second little love. Before you know it, you’ll be at the finish line with a baby in your arms.
Don’t forget that you are your best advocate. Tell the nurse, doctor, and Drew exactly what you need. If your scared, tell them…they’ll encourage you. If your nurse suggests something to help, listen to her. This isn’t her first rodeo, and you know how pissed you were that you waited so long to get in the darn bathtub.
I know you’ve got this girl! I know that you are going to rock it. I’m SO confident in you.
Be strong. Be encouraged. Be resilient.
Maybe you talk to yourself way different or don’t talk to yourself at all, but I know this sure helped me.
Hope you enjoyed this post and that it helps a few mamas-to-be out there!
Have a great weekend! Amy