Flexibility, in more ways than one.

Posted on 15. Feb, 2010 by in Birth, Labor & Delivery, Pregnancy Education

Picture of a pregnant woman in a hospital

Labor can be a scary thought especially for those of us that don’t have a constant calm aura about ourselves. As the special day of meeting your baby approaches, although you want that baby out, you are probably also hoping for a ‘quick and easy’ delivery.

Many of us take birthing classes in hopes to prepare for the big event. We ask questions of friends and family who have been there and done that. But alas, sometimes—okay, often—things don’t go as planned. Some of us find ourselves needing to have our labor induced, to go through hours upon hours of labor, or end up needing a C-section. So then what happens if you end up fitting into one or more of these categories? The answer is simple: You become flexible.

Although we all hope for textbook birthing scenarios, it doesn’t always work out that way. Your labor experience may lead you to discover that you are more physically flexible than you had ever imagined possible. Although the average is eight hours, labor can easily go longer and will sometimes be shorter. Timing is one thing, but you are still seeking a positive birthing experience. You might try various positions and recommendations from the nurses and doctors only to hear that it’s best to head toward the operating room. Wanting the best outcome, you’ll be flexible and agree. After all, 30 percent of all babies born  in the United States are born via C-cection.

The lengthy birthing plan you created might not have been followed to a T, but that’s okay, right? You are flexible. The point? Whatever the path may be that leads you to your adorable, miraculous, captivating baby, keep in mind that you might need to rely on an extra ounce or two of flexibility as things don’t always go as we hope or plan. As an added bonus, practicing flexibility during labor and during the early days of postpartum will give you a head start when dealing with your newborn.

My name is Laurel and  I ‘ve been married to my husband for 3 years.  We have one daughter who is 14 months and another babe on the way!  They are are the focus and joys of our lives.  I am currently so blessed to be a stay at home mom.  It’s a very challenging, fulfilling job and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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