As I enter the last month of this pregnancy, I am starting to realize how very behind I am in my preparedness for both the baby and the birth. For some reason, it’s still so surreal that it’s happening at all, let alone so very soon. While my attention has been focused on preparing the house, I need to start preparing to actually have the baby, and for me that will hopefully be at home.
With my first pregnancy, I read nine books about pregnancy and childbirth. I watched childbirth video after childbirth video. I did pregnancy exercises regularly. I logged how much protein I was eating. I practiced my birthing techniques daily. I spent hours visualizing how I wanted my labor and birth to go. I was planning a home birth, and I was informed and ready. I was lucky, and things went pretty much according to my plan. Well, except the two and a half hours I spent pushing … that wasn’t really part of my visualizations.
With my second pregnancy, I wasn’t as particular about what I ate. I did some exercises. I didn’t read any books, but I did review my birthing materials. I watched lots of birthing videos still, mostly to show to my daughter who would be present at the birth so that she would know what to expect. I was thankful for the four days beyond my due date my second baby gave me to feel ready. The labor and delivery were very similar to the first time around (with way less time spent pushing thankfully). Once again, I felt very lucky.
This time around, I’m feeling pretty good when I just remember to take all three of my vitamins for the day. I have finally aired up the birthing ball and have at least attempted to look at my birthing materials. My diet is lacking, and I’ve certainly allowed myself more sweets this time around. The only birth video we have watched has been the one of me having my second daughter. I did finally get around to ordering the birth kit that I will need for labor in preparation for my 36-week home visit with my midwife. During the visit, it all started to seem more real, and I think we’re all beginning to get excited. I would love so very much for this labor and birth to go the same way as the others, but I’m preparing myself to be thrown for a loop this time around. No matter how prepared or unprepared you are, you can never really know what to expect.