Friday, August 3, 2012

23 Weeks 6 Days

Well last night was fun! I had my first birthing class :-) There were about 22 couples total. Sadly, Alex isn't able to make the classes since he works long hours. My mom is going to go with me to the other ones, but she couldn't go last night either because if work; so I had my friend Laura along :-) They started out by having us all introduce ourselves, say our due date, what we are having (I was the only one in the class that wanted to be surprised...), what we were most surprised or excited about, and what we were looking to get out of the class. The men has to answer as well. Haha! Sadly, their answers were disheartening about how they felt about their future child...most said they weren't excited about anything. :-/ All of the women said they were looking for general information about labor and only one other said looking for relaxation techniques. Then they split up the men and women into groups and had us make a list of what questions we wanted answers to during the 5 week class duration. I said I wanted to learn more about natural birth and pain management techniques and then sat quietly while the other ladies came up with some. What is really funny is I knew the answers to all of their questions. All that information in the book they give every patient at their first prenatal visit! I wanted to yell at them, "why haven't you read your book?!" So, not only am I the youngest in the class, I am also apparently the most prepared... After we separated back into couples, she went over a slideshow about general easy terminology and then we watched a short video of introduction to labor. Then she handed out some sheets about what to bring, etc and a sheet of how going natural is liking running a marathon, and said how people who want to go natural are considered crazy (because people who run marathons are crazy, and since the two can be similar...). All the women looked at me when she said that... I guess I'm crazy, since you know, I want to do what our bodies are made to do naturally... Idiots. The whole damn class.
Anyways... Here is this week's belly picture! I "popped" more again this week! :D


  1. Oh my goodness you did pop a bit, love it!
    And I agree: Idiots! I don't know many people who run a marathon... so comparing that to the most natural of things: giving birth with not much medical intervention is baffling to me :-/

  2. I just delivered my first baby 6 days ago and did everything all natural. I went into it with the attitude that I really wanted to try as long as I could without pain meds or an epidural but was told that with all my other medical issues (gestational diabetes and chronic hypertension) that most likely I would need to be induced and would need those meds. I didn't let it get to me since I knew that no matter what I planned mother nature would do what it wanted most likely. And thats exactly what happened. Two days before my induction date my body went into natural labor. I stayed home for 2 hours before going to the hospital and was only there for an hour and a half before delivery. No time for pain meds even if I wanted them. The people that told me I would want meds before delivery were the ones that felt sorry for me after my super fast delivery. I wouldn't want it any other way.

    As much as its frustrating listening to others critique your opinions just remember they wont be the ones in the room and their opinions mean little. I felt better about myself in the end.