How knowing this will change my next labor
I’m not as afraid to go into labor this time. (I’d be crazy to say I was looking forward to it, but it’s not scary.)
I know every labor is completely different, but I’m confident that this time I’ll be able to relax more during labor; to focus on getting through the contractions one at a time – rather than the letting anxiety build with each one.
Having my attention on the present moment, instead of worrying about the next moment, will be significant.
I’m all for a few drugs here and there (I really want to avoid epidural if possible though), but I also REALLY believe that our mindset can help us through labor – and this time I’ll have so much more brain power to put towards pain management!
This article from my friend Jamie on how she handled the pain of natural childbirth is one of the most useful guides I’ve ever read.
This time, not being consumed with dread, I’ll be able to put the techniques she mentions (like relaxed hands, controlled breathing, and helpful thoughts) to work!