Managing pain during unmedicated labor/delivery

So Viv is now over 2 weeks old and I’ve had more time to reflect on our successful unmedicated vbac. Im going to eventually blog on tips for having a successful vagina birth after caesarean, but today I just want to blog from the standpoint of a “normal” labor and delivery. Since I labored at home and didn’t get to the hospital until pushing time, I was treated like any other laboring mom and other than wearing a monitor I didn’t have any weird requirements as a result of having a past c section.

So let’s talk about unmedicated child birth. First things first, no epidural doesn’t mean no pain management. You HAVE TO have a plan to deal with the intensity of contractions to make it through an unmedicated child birth. Continue reading “Managing pain during unmedicated labor/delivery”

Why I am skipping the epidural this time

I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately about my birth plan, and why I plan to skip the epidural this time around even though I am planning a VBAC, so I thought I’d write about it here.

First of all, I think all momma’s should choose what is best and most comfortable for them when it comes to birth plans. Whether it be epidural or not, vaginal or csection, etc. There’s no one size fit all perfect plan. I am also not a doctor or medical professional and all of the following I have found out through planning and talking with my midwife/doula and researching. None of this is medical advice – my only advice is RESEARCH.

With that said, I am not planning for an epidural during labor and delivery of my daughter. There are a few reasons why – but to explain I need to go into what happened during labor/delivery via emergency CS with my son.

I was afraid of labor during my first pregnancy. I didn’t take a child birth class or do any research, and my only plan was to head to the hospital and get an epidural and just chill until delivery. This is one thing I advise against (dont be so scared that you don’t plan! write a brith plan! know your options!). I planned on an epidural without knowing any of the risks, or things I was giving up by getting one. After the epidural, LB’s heart rate went crazy and was up and down the entire rest of labor. I was pushing, he was crowning but stuck, and I couldn’t feel to get him pushed out. The guided pushing was exhausting and I couldn’t move off my back. After a few interventions (vacuum) and a lot of scary heart rate fluctuations it was decided he needed to be delivered immediately via CS.

So here’s what I didn’t know:

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Why I decided to hire a doula

Welp, I hired a doula. And i’m really excited about it! But I did want to document and share why I decided to hire a doula. First, I guess I should explain what exactly a doula is for those who don’t know. By definition, a doula is a woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born. Doula’s are a support person for mom (and dad!) during labor and delivery. A doula is different than a midwife or OB. They are there to support you and keep you comfortable during labor – not to delivery the baby or make medical evaluations. Different doula’s offer different services but most will help you draft a thorough birth plan, are trained in massages/relaxation/pain mangement techniques, and ensure your birth team (midwife or OB) follow your birth plan and any deviations are explained to you.

So, with all that said – here is why I chose to hire a doula this time.

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Why workout while pregnant?

I get a lot of questions/comments about my fitness journey now that I’m pregnant. Most of them go in 1 of 3 directions:

“Wow omg is that safe?”

“Oh you look great I wish I could have done all of that, I’m too tired”

“You’re gonna have a great snapback!”

So I thought I should address them.

My pregnancy is not high risk (though my delivery, being a VBAC, is slightly more risky than the norm – my pregnancy is not). I am within a healthy weight gain range, my blood pressure/sugar/blood work is all good, my baby’s anatomy scan was good, and we are healthy. With that in mind, most doctors suggest that a woman can continue workouts of the same intensity as they were doing prepregnancy and follow her bodies cues for when to slow down. There are some things I can’t do (ab work, and I try not to do anything that leaves me breathless) but other than that I’m good. I mean, I ran a half marathon a few weeks ago. I’m good.

Not only is it safe, it’s IMPORTANT. Babies born to momma’s who are active and healthy have a lower chance of having birth weight issues, issues latching/breastfeeding, and are more likely to have an easier delivery. Postpartum recovery time is statistically easier too and the chance of csection is much lower. Honestly, in the US the norm is for mom’s to sit around and be kinda uncomfortable during pregnancy and it shows in our high rate for csection/complications/assisted delivery.

With all that blabbing said – I do EVERY workout with the health of me and my baby in mind. I’m TIRED. I want to just lay around a lot of days. I don’t because I want to have a healthy pregnancy and an easy delivery.

The comments about being too tired… I am too. But you know what I learned during labor with LB? Labor is HARD. Pushing is HARD. It is an endurance sport. I’d be silly not to train for it.

Oh, and I don’t do a single workout with my “snapback” in mind. I won’t be restricting calories after I give birth. I’ll be active (once I’m cleared to workout and feel up to it) and I’ll eat healthy foods because those things make me feel good physically and emotionally. But with breastfeeding – I won’t be actively trying to lose weight. My body will do what it wants to do in it’s own time. I’m fine with that.

Oh and for labor – there are some things I concentrate to make that easier (hopefully!). I plan to delivery squatting or on all 4’s, so I have been doing a lot of leg work. I squat often – I try to squat down anytime I need to pick up something or help LB with something (instead of just bending from the waist). I do this to help with my pelvis flexibility and leg strength. I also do workouts that have planking for core strength. And with everything – I practice good posture because that helps the baby get into the best position. And I spend a lot of time on my birthing ball (I’m sitting on it now). Most of yal know I’m studying hypnobirthing so I follow their suggestions.

 

You can do the hard things – 2018 MU Marathon

In January – we all decided to run the Marshall half marathon. I was training. I was NOT runner at any time in the past but I bought some shoes and got out there. 1 mile at a time. I worked my way up to an 8 mile run at less than 10 min pace by May.

My sister IS a runner. She ran last year’s Marshall half marathon in 2:10. HOW SWAY. She used running in the past to control her depression. She lost 80 lbs of weight with diet and running and lifting. She is an amazing inspiration.

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Weekly update – week 18

I’m 18 weeks pregnant and everyone has been fussing at me to get more than 5 hours of sleep 😂😂. So I have but it’s cut into my blog time.

As a quick update – I feel awesome and cute. I only got dressed 2x this week but that’s ok 😂. I also organized under the sink in the bathroom in my nesting escapades.

Started my next fitness program and I’m feeling great. This week was only 15 minutes – next week goes to 25.

Anywho, a real post will come soon but for now – Here’s some pics of my pregnancy flyness over the past couple weeks.

Favorite Snacks :)

I’m basically a snack machine lately. I feel like all I do is eat! So I figured the least I could do was let yal know some of my favorite healthy snacks.

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Honey Roasted Almonds. Omg I’ve been tearing these UP.

 

ants on a log

Ants on a log. Only way I got my veggies in AT ALL when I was nauseous.

shakeology

Of course my shakeology. In all of it’s variations. My favorite thing everrrrr because my OB has approved it AND let me know I don’t have to take nasty prenatals :).

 

cheese its

I’m all about some cheese its lately. I know they aren’t healthy – but they kept my nausea down early on.

I could go on but it’s time for me to get LB from preschool.

What have you been snacking on?

Updated maternity fashion

Thought I’d post some more outfits!

Tried to wear maternity jeans this week and they kept sagging so it’s not time yet.

Weather has been super up and down but I’m enjoying dressing my little bump.

It’s fall break so no preschool (my usual blog time) so sorry for being MIA! More soon.

My next fitness program..

Since I finished LIIFT4 it’s time to pick a new program! I took last week off since I was in Orlando Thursday-Sunday for a leadership retreat (more on that later this week). I knew it was time to pick a new program, so I took a few things into account:

  1. Time. LIIFT4 was 8 weeks. I wanted to do something shorter than 8 weeks BUT with workouts around 30 mins or less a day.
  2. Meal plan. I’ve been following 2B mindset LOOSELY but I need something strict right now. I haven’t had my recommended amount of veggies in weeks. It’s time I get back at it.
  3. Limited core work. I won’t be able to lay on my back and do core work much longer.
  4. Not a lot of equipment – I want to do this in my bedroom so I don’t have to convince myself to go to the basement to get started. Continue reading “My next fitness program..”