…says the nesting-crazy 39 week pregnant woman. I get enough energy to launder and tidy –once– but the rest of my nesting is hoarding and stocking up on stuff like a hamster.
Oh, good. Another post from Carolyn about pregnancy/birth. Just what I want to read this Holy Monday before Easter.
Maybe, maybe not. My due date is 7 days away and my brain is nesting with post ideas about birth and pregnancy, so I figured maybe someone would benefit from my bland suggestions? Sure.
Also “due date” should be in quotations because even though I charted like a mad scientist this time, all of my babies have been between 10-14 days “late”, and only Emmett was born precisely ON his due date. That said, I’m probably looking at 14 days. I’ve never been early for anything in my life, why would birthing my children be different?
SO. What have I decided is going to save my life this time around? A bunch of stuff.
DISCLAIMER: Please read this post light-heartedly. It’s semi-sarcasm, semi-serious as all get out, but truly tailored for my personality type (INTJ) and what I know might (MIGHT) work for me. Everyone is different, so these things might be awful suggestions for you. For all I know, I’ll end up not using a single thing. But feeling prepared is all that matters, right?
Above all, before any knick-knack or snack, is LOCATION.
We can’t do a homebirth. First, because we’re house hunting and living with my parents, and second, our Collin was born with a heart defect which runs in my blood, so knowing that there’s a possibility this baby may have an undetected issue (so far everything looks great!), it’s best for us to be close to doctors who can make sure.
I’m delivering at an accredited water birthing center, located inside of a hospital. This will be my first water experience, and I’m convinced it will be a game changer for me. …at least I hope and pray it will…
Please God, let this blessing relieve me from pushing out this child with a long-winded warrior cry of “MOTHER-FFFFFFFFFF!”
(I swear I don’t curse and I couldn’t believe it left my mouth. Which the whole word didn’t, but still, the fact that I’d formed the eff sound out loud was like… what am I? That’s natty birth for you, I guess.)
I’m a seriously interior person and no amount of coaching can break the wall I put between myself and the rest of the world when my inner peace is being attacked, so I’ve come to believe that I need to get myself into an environment that will help my introspect chill the heck out– and bright hospital lights and needles and hospital gowns that other people have died in, barfed on, and peed in are not conducive to that.
heavily bragged wrote about where I’m giving birth right here, if you wanna know more about that.
Moving on to the knick-knacks: Aside from the big, obvious natural labor tools like birthing ball, water tub, etc.
You’ll find the theme here is along the lines of: Snacks, smells, and heals. Because these are things that work for me.
Olivia has an extremely helpful series on labor and delivery filled with tips and ideas that I keep coming back to for reference, and I’ve pulled from her ideas, hoping they’ll help me too. Her posts are better organized and much more helpful than this one is shaping up to be, so really, you could probably just stop right here and go read her things. I’ll be here when/if you come back.
I like honey. I picked these up while in Seattle with Craig at Pike Place Market. They can be found on Amazon too, though. One of the biggest pieces of LARD I believe that hospitals toss at a mother in labor is that she’s “not allowed” to eat. I understand the reasons, but for a mother trying to labor sans medication– LARD, I tell you. And that’s as far as I’m going on that subject. I’m bringing them as an option for a quick spark of sugar/energy during a lull in my contractions. This is something Craig can quickly hold up to my mouth and administer without fuss.
I’m taking this knowing that heat and my favorite tea are two things that always work wonders for my stress levels. A few weeks ago, after a full day of flying home with Craig from his business trip to the West Coast (I was so uncomfortable I cried) and then driving an hour to get home to our boys, I was wound up right tightly in stress. After drinking a cup of tea, I was literally falling asleep at the kitchen table, I had relaxed so much.
I think having a cup of tea available may be useful to me. May.
Essential Oils + Diffuser.
Olivia wrote a big daddy post on which essential oils helped during her labor. These past 9 months, I’ve slowly built up my collection based off of her suggestions and I’m super excited to have them on hand.
I can say it right now, I know I won’t use every single oil because I think juggling which ones to use at the proper time could distract me/Craig, but the big players which ALWAYS bring me the whoo-sah are Frankincense, Peppermint, and Patchouli.
Craig’s job as soon as we get to our room will be to set up the diffuser with Frankie. That stuff is my grounding gold.
Peppermint will help me through nausea (it has these last 9 months), and boost me with freshness and energy when I hit my wall of misery. And I will.
Frankincense will also be rubbed, diluted with a little olive oil, onto our little one’s crown as soon as he’s born.
Myrrh will be applied to help heal his umbilical cord site.
I’m thinking a combo of Thieves + Lavender will be diffused after birth for purifying the air and because Craig and I love how cozy it smells.
Basically, if I like it, and it’s safe for baby and mama, that’s what I will remember to use.
Olivia suggests this in her post, and it sounded so good I picked some up at Trader Joes. Okay… I picked up 2 bags, and have already broken into one of them and I discovered they relieve nausea, give me a boost of energy, and are full of pineapple-y flavor. And they’re really chewy. Yes, this will be good, too.
See? Why are you still here? Olivia’s already got together. That’s why she’s such a favorite :)
Herbal Sitz bath.
This one is for postpartum. I never knew about this stuff until recently. In each sachet (the lady I ordered through makes 6 in each package) is a mixture of healing herbs that can be boiled to make a tea, then I can dip a few maxi pads into the tea, freeze them, and voila: a healing, soothing, cooling compress for the after party.
These can also be used as a sitz bath, or hung under a tub faucet for a healing bath soak. I’m super excited for these puppies.
I guess it’s all about snack options this time. I know that at a certain point in my labor, I couldn’t even think about anything coming near my mouth, but that at other times, I would have welcomed something small, fruity, and fresh. I found these at Trader Joes (much cheaper than the Starbucks version, same ingredients) and all it is, is smashed fruit. That’s it. Chewy, mashed fruit. I’ve been keeping them in my purse for a quick snack and found they also relieve nausea. My boys love them too.
Hmm, other things?
Birthing Gown + After Birthing Gown
Somewhere a few months ago, I wrote about finding a garment to wear while I birth. I suppose I’m some form of a prude and even while giving birth, my stubborn cranium can’t fathom doing it sans vêtements, or even with a sports bra. I cannot be comfortable unless I’m covered, and since that’s the name of the natural birthing game, I won’t ignore it.
I found a knee-length non-maternity gown from GAP which is made of modal, and super stretchy and super light weight. I got two. A dark one for the tub. Dark so that I can wash and wear it postpartum and not worry about stains.
Then I got a light colored one to change into afterward. It will be easy to nurse the newbie, and easy knee-length for the wonderful nurses to do their check-up thing that they do.
I also got a robe– because I needed a new one anyway, and because it’s kind of like a cozy prize I can’t wait to be able to wear after all the gnashing of teeth. Seriously, I’m looking forward to getting the birth done with so that I can wrap up in this robe and snuggle a little beebee.
That’s it for now! I hope someone found some mild amusement and slightly helpful ideas.
Otherwise, keep me and many of my bloggy sisters in Christ who are also preggo in your prayers (and her, and her, AND her too— and her!)- and have a beautiful Holy Week!
Signing off for now,