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February 14th, 2013, 09:25 AM
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I'm actually taking a couple: childbirth/lamaze (took already), childcare & breastfeeding.

There was some good information in the childbirth class but I found the breathing techniques just OK. I feel like all that would goes out the door when you're in the heat of giving birth. They gave some relaxation techniques like pretending you're in a forest with falling leaves and birds chirping...LOL. I don't know if I can do that while enduring contractions...haha
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February 14th, 2013, 09:30 AM
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I wouldn't mind taking some classes, just to refresh. If it works out, anyway. I will probably get some books too on relaxation techniques.
With my son I had to be coached on what to do because I never got the urge to push, I was induced and pretty much just was told hey, you're 10 cm, you can push now. I never got that overwhelming need to push, even when I was pushing it was all directed pushing. For some reason whenever I held my breath to push I felt like I was going to pass out. Anyone else have that sensation? I've read since then that it's not good for the baby to hold your breath, that it's better to breathe as you feel the need while pushing. At any rate I hope to try whatever feels right to me during labor and see if I can get to something that feels more natural during that point.
A nurse that was teaching the class said to push like you're trying to push a bowel movement...lol. Pretty much that means, not holding your breathe until your face turns purple but to push down below while still breathing as normal as possible.
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February 14th, 2013, 10:55 AM
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A nurse that was teaching the class said to push like you're trying to push a bowel movement...lol. Pretty much that means, not holding your breathe until your face turns purple but to push down below while still breathing as normal as possible.
I hated being coached to push. I had an epidural and at first, I couldn't feel my abdomen, but about 10 minutes into the pushing, I FELT IT! and I was like STOP TALKING NOW, PLZKTHNX! If you don't have the urge though or you can't feel it, they'll tell you when one's happening by looking at the monitor.
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February 14th, 2013, 11:23 AM
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There was some good information in the childbirth class but I found the breathing techniques just OK. I feel like all that would goes out the door when you're in the heat of giving birth. They gave some relaxation techniques like pretending you're in a forest with falling leaves and birds chirping...LOL. I don't know if I can do that while enduring contractions...haha
Supposedly the relaxation techniques are for in between contractions, so you can get a little rest in between them. Definitely can't do them DURING contractions. Ain't nothing relaxing about those! LOL
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