This week marks my 35th week being pregnant. I have really started to notice that the baby is getting a lot bigger. I really feel like I am busting out. Up until last week I was quite comfortable. I can’t at all say that I am miserable and hopefully we won’t get there. It is getting harder to find a comfortable position to sit in. I also know need to sleep on my side laying into 2 pillows with the lower half between my legs. Before I was quite comfortable with just one pillow.
I find myself now quite occupied with preparing myself for labor. I am trying to do this physically and mentaly. Physically I am keeping up with my PreNatal activities; those being pre natal yoga, swimming and walking 3 miles. I try to do all three of these daily. This is not always possible, but I always do atleast 2 activites.
Preparing mentaly is challenging as I have no idea what I am in for as this is our first child. For women who had a natural/ unmedicated childbirth experience their description of the pain varies greatly. Some women have reported it feeling orgasmic while others report it being the worst pain in their life. Other things that I have read imply that the woman’s attitude shapes her pain experience. It is extremely painful because she expects it to be. What I am trying to determine is how you can expect it to be orgasmic and still prepare for it to be quite painful so that if you do feel some pain you don’t loose your head and get swallowed up by the pain.
Instead of deciding on the best way to prepare for the pain, I have decided it would be better to focus on the point of labor; the baby. I am going to try to see the pain as secondary and just something necessary to the process of birthing my baby. My idea is to follow the flow of my body and feel it out and try to relax and work with my animalistic instincts. Giving birth is not something you need to think your way through but you do want to try to keep high stress and anxiety away. Those 2 are never a good thing to have. I have been trying to visualize the baby inside of my uterus and then I try to visual the path it will take to be born. Hopefully if I focus on the baby and the amazing process of giving birth, the pain, if any, will be very tolerable.