Quoting Charlotte'Louise Gunn:" Im actually really scared for labour now! Ive got 6 weeks to go to my die date &as its creeping close ... [snip!] ... hurting today &she always frels my belly to see how shes lying &today i dont really want her to as my stomach hurts to touch "
Take a deep breath
I think it's very normal to be scared of labour, especially since women love to tell stories about how much they had to endure to have their baby. If it bothers you, then next time someone starts to tell you about their labour, cut them off, tell them you would love to hear about it, but not until your baby is born
I had amazing experiences. I actually enjoyed dilating with my second, it was fun and felt amazing! I think it would have been an 'orgasmic' experience if it hadn't been at the hospital, or if I had more privacy
. Both birth experiences made me a more confident person.
For amazing natural births, these were the things that worked best for me:
- hiring a birth doula
- practising relaxation techniques (I used guided meditation CDs and a bit of HypnoBabies)
- Two books helped so much:
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
Childbirth Without Fear (Grantly Dick-Read)