August 14, 2017
It’s no big secret around here that I love all things pregnancy and baby. I personally love being pregnant(though I could certainly do without that whole being sick for the first half part 🙂 ) and have been really passionate, excited, and informed about my previous labor and delivery experiences.
The cliff notes of her birth are that I woke up at 1:30 in the morning on her due date and she was born after a drug free, intervention free labor at 7:40 am. 6 hours total!
This is me at 4cm. I remember telling my mom to, “take a picture of me while I’m still smiling!” ha.
And then there was Mabel’s freight train of a birth. You can read that here. (You can also read my natural labor and delivery plans for her in this post!)
The cliff notes of her birth are that at 38 weeks 2 days, around 3 in the afternoon I started having some back pains that made me think, “what are those?” and at 6:37pm she was in my arms. 3.5ish hours!
With both girls, I was SO so so super thankful and happy with how things ended up turning out. With each of them, the things that were really important to me happened, and I was super empowered and on such a high after their births.
I specifically remember with Mabel, that it was like 3am and I still hadn’t slept because I was just positively buzzing with excitement and adrenaline and happiness and could.not.put.her.down.
But, I have to be completely honest too and write out how much Mabel’s birth scared me.
I realized it at the time, but since everything ended up turning out okay, it was easy to shut that part of her story down and focus on how perfect everything ended up instead.
And then I got pregnant again…and I started thinking, oh my gosh- I have to go through labor and delivery again….and it was REALLY scary last time!
I’ve been dealing with lots and lots of anxiety about Finn’s upcoming birth, what used to be a confident thing for me- isn’t anymore. Things that I was sure of, with each of the girls- I’m unsure of now.
I’ve talked to my Dr. about this some (because she is the most calming person on the planet) and we have kind of a few different potential birth plan options available to us, depending on how things go….so I’m mostly trying to go into all of this with completely open hands, untethered to anything that I want to happen, and have been trying to get to a place of 1) excitement and not fear and 2) peace and not anxiety.
Which brings me to my birth affirmations! I never really did these with Abigail- I remember kind of using the prayer “help me, Jesus” as a mantra of sorts but didn’t have any sayings that I used. With Mabel though, my doula used quite a few of these and they really helped.
I especially remember her mentioning how “Mabel is coming to meet you!” and so instead of being scared, it made me happy.
So that being said, here are a large number of affirmations that I have been reading over in preparation for birth(not necessarily naturally this time!) and getting my head in the right space to meet my baby.
I believe in my power to birth my baby
I am strong
I can do this
My body was made to do this
I am not afraid
My baby will arrive at the perfect time
I trust my body and my baby to know when it is time for birthing
Each surge brings my baby closer to me
One contraction at a time
My baby is coming
I let go of anything that is keeping me back from birthing my baby ‘
Breathe to my baby
Every effort I make brings me closer to my baby
I have everything it takes right now to birth this baby
It is not pain, it is power
I am safe, I am calm, I am relaxed
I am focused on a smooth, easy birth
My mind is relaxed, my body is relaxed
I trust my body and follow its lead
Believe that you are capable. Have faith that it will go well.
I can do anything for two minutes
Breathe- do not push
Labor is nothing more than my muscles contracting and flexing, then relaxing
We give thanks to God always for you all, constantly mentioning you in our prayers,
remembering before our God and Father your work of faith
and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Fear not, for I am with you,
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My victorious hand.
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