39 weeks today, and getting really close to welcoming our little babe into the world. 39 weeks has also brought on an instant urge to re-educate myself on labor and delivery; what to look for leading up to labor and how to prepare yourself for the actual act. I gave birth to Lincoln in May 2015, so I definitely have some brushing up to do. This post will detail some of the most important takeaways from my actual labor and delivery to notes that I took from my first pregnancy. Hoping this will help any mamas prep for the big day, especially now that I have already gone through one successful labor and delivery! Again, this is my story and everyone has their own, so take what I say with a grain of salt, as everyone mama has a different journey. Here we go...
PRE-LABOR: SIGNS TO LOOK FOR
I knew I was getting close when I started experiencing the following symptoms. Again, these are different for all mamas, but for me, this is what started to happen in the weeks and days leading up to labor.
WAYS TO HELP INDUCE LABOR (in my humble opinion)
THINGS I DON'T BELIEVE INDUCE LABOR (again, totally my opinion)
YOU'RE GOING INTO LABOR SOON IF...
These were the symptoms that transpired literally hours before my water broke and my contractions started. This is what I will be looking out for to alert the hub that I'm actually going into labor soon.
LABOR + DELIVERY NOTES
The below notes are important anecdotes from a birth class we did during my first pregnancy. I was reading over them and pulled out the ones that I think may help for this labor and delivery:
Alrighty mamas! Sorry for the sporadic notes, but these were the tidbits that I found to be helpful. Rock on and hopefully you're hanging in there this last and final week of pregnancy.