Friday, October 22, 2010

Trying to defeat the fear of the unknown

We’ve been going to childbirth classes lately. It runs for five weeks and it pretty much covers the most important aspects of 3rd trimester pregnancy, labor, delivery and taking care of a newborn. As first time parents, we were eager to go into these classes as it’s one way of knowing what to expect and how to deal with the challenging situation of childbirth. We may not come out as experts when the classes are over, but it sure helps to know in advance what could happen inside the labor, delivery, operating and recovery room. The OB Nurse who handles the class was very knowledgeable and tried to be thorough in sharing all the information that we need to know. We have been given access to a website that shows several informational videos, which I enjoyed the most. Some women shared about their weight loss success stories after giving birth just by breastfeeding. Next week, we’re going to take a tour of the hospital and look inside the actual OB and nursery rooms. I'm pretty excited about that. By the way, I am already 34 weeks far along. Belly is getting heavier and heavier each day. My doctor's appointment are done on a weekly basis now. Blood pressure and blood sugar level are monitored closely. My BP readings have not been that ideal lately but the doctor doesn't seem to be overly concerned about it as he sees no signs of toxemia on me. I try not to stress too much about it myself but will do my best to limit my salt intake. The weekly doctor's visits will help keep my mind at ease. The closer I get to my due date, the more excited I get but at the same time I feel scared and nervous. I guess it's just normal to feel this way. I just hope and pray that everything will come out just fine.

1 replies:

Neldajay said...

I am glad you guys are going to these kind of classes. When I was preggy with my son, I told my husband to attend the class like this and he told me that I don't have too because I am a midwife :(. I said I helped someone deliver the baby but I really never have an experienced. Oh well, it didn't happen so my mother-in-law was teaching me how to breath during my labor contractions.

Hurry for both of you! I can hear the excitement for the coming bundle of joy! COngrats Jen and Jeff!