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Our 50-Hour Birth Story /// The Bradley Method Works

The transition from having a baby inside your belly to having a baby on top of your belly is an amazing and exhausting experience. My mom had four natural births, and I grew up on a farm around sheep giving birth to lambs every spring, so I assumed that I would do natural birth as well.

When I was six months pregnant, I came across more information about the Bradley method of natural childbirth (see more at: The Bradley Method Website), and my husband and I signed up for a class that ended on November 14. The empowerment I felt from learning how labor functions and how my body works during labor gave me strength to not hardly be afraid of the pain of giving birth to a child. Dr. Bradley believed that women can give birth naturally most of the time if they’re given support and good coaching; he designated the coach to be the baby’s father.

The Bradley Method gives you a lot more homework than most birthing classes. I had to watch my diet and eat lots of protein. I had to do daily exercises, such as Kegel exercises and pelvic rocks. My husband and I were supposed to practice relaxation techniques and labor rehearsals (these were harder to fit in because we were finishing up the floors in our home—going from old beige carpet to maple laminate floors; we did some almost every day.) We attended seven weeks of classes, up until our due date of November 7. Having to do all this homework gave me the mindset that I owned my birthing experience and could greatly influence it by my actions and attitudes instead of it being something done to me. Having to work together to prepare for the labor brought my husband and I closer together. We describe the labor as “our labor” not just “my labor.”

This was on Joel’s Due Date — November 7th — but he waited another week to show up. 🙂

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How to Get Free Dessert After You Find Out You Are Pregnant

Are you pregnant!? Do you want to celebrate with some free dessert? Here’s what we did: After we found out we were pregnant, last spring we went to two different nice restaurants and mentioned that we were celebrating having our first baby! I was not showing for either time (I was about three months along), but the servers surprised us with free dessert both times, and it made the meal even more special. The dessert above was a key lime tart, and the second dessert was a cream puff filled with ice cream… Why not spread the joy of your pregnancy!?

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Free Prenatal Yoga Videos // Baby Books Recommendations //

With so many books and videos out there on the topic of pregnancy, which ones should a new Mom read and watch?

The book that I found at a thrift store after I found out I was pregnant that I have been reading every week is this:
You and Your Baby Pregnancy: The Ultimate Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide

 

This book has a few photos, lots of diagrams, and a week-by-week update on how the baby is developing. I read it before bed, and sometimes I read ahead because I get so excited! I'm in week 27 now, feeling the baby kick a lot, and am feeling well.

There are many "Don't's" out there for pregnant mothers; for example, "Don't lie on your back after 20-weeks," "Don't eat cold cuts," and "Don't eat soft cheese." Emily Oster, in her book
Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know

walks you through the nine months of pregnancy and shares all the research she did when she was pregnant about these "don't" and which ones are wise to pay attention to and which ones you have more of a choice than you thought. Stephen's cousin, Anni, gave me the book, and it is one of the first ones I have read. I enjoyed Emily's non-nonsense attitude and all the stories from her pregnancies. Check it out!

I've found several YouTube videos that have helped me start doing prenatal yoga; there are many free yoga routines to choose from, but I have three that I am enjoying using. The first one has peaceful music in the background and the narrator is encouraging (which is my favorite)! Check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCSFobwvQTg

The next routine is more strenuous, it has no music, but it makes you work harder:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utINxvh-h9Q

A new video I found recently is a bit shorter, it is a quicker sequence, has a little music in the background, but is a more no-nonsense, get-to-business video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWjwenVn2uQ

 

Mothers out there, what books and videos have you used that you enjoyed when pregnant? I would like to hear from you.

Have a peaceful day!

~Mary Hope

 

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Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope