As we rapidly approach 10 weeks tomorrow and crawl closer to the second trimester, I am getting more and more comfortable with the idea that this pregnancy is a healthy one as far as I can tell. Our NT ultrasound is scheduled for Mon., Jan 23 and once that is done and we hit 12 weeks, I’ll exhale.
I really want to start to read about pregnancy and childbirth. Are there books that you can recommend?
I’m thinking of planning for natural childbirth. My mom was a childbirth coach when I was really little. I have vague memories of pregnant women and their SOs coming to our house for my mom to do childbirth classes. At least one girlfriend of mine delivered both of her kids naturally. And a second who was planning an epidural progressed through labor with her second baby so quickly that she didn’t get it. She said that she recovered so much faster than with her first via c-section.
I have a very high tolerance for pain and it may or may not help but it gives me hope that I can make it through. In fact, I walked on a broken foot and drove my stick shift car plus walked up and down three flights of stairs before I realized that there was something wrong. Well, I knew that something was wrong but I wasn’t quite sure. I called my parents and had my doctor dad look at my foot. They told me to get to the emergency room as quickly as possible. We “hung up” from Skype and almost immediately my cell phone rang. It was my mom telling me to take a cab and not drive myself – LOL! Not sure that any of this is telling of how I will tolerate a pain-medication free labor and delivery but I hope it means I can try for it at least!
So, any guidance is helpful for which pregnancy and childbirth books are the best for us to read is greatly appreciated.