Labor is Like a Box Of Chocolate

There are definitely a lot of the same old techniques that everyone hears about such as walking, having sex, castor oil, nipple stimulation. I don’t know if they work but I was lucky enough to have a doula.

Just this morning, I was  told to use caster oil and orange juice to get the baby here…….I’m not in ANY rush for my water to break! I’ve also heard about the bouncing on a birthing ball, drinking other types of tea or oil stuff (but heard that some of those herbal teas all they do is condition your uterus). Also
pressure points in feet or back to massage. Here’s another one-since  we take in 90% of our stress through our eyes, it’s probably true that we’d get 90% delight from looking at something we love to see

Since and before then I’ve heard equally remarkableideas.

Labor and delivery are such an unknown. And it is really difficult to completely prepare for labor. The course of labor and delivery are variable, determined by your genes (if your mom had a fast labor, yours may be faster than average), your size and the size of your baby, the position of the baby inside of you and many other factors. And the experience of labor is even more variable, depending on your tolerance of discomforts, the support you receive, the policies of your hospital, availability of anesthesia (if you want it) and even what time of day it is and if you start labor tired or fresh.

What are the stages of labor and birth?

The process of labor and birth is divided into three stages:

The first stage begins when you start having contractions that cause progressive changes in your cervix and ends when your cervix is fully dilated. This stage is divided into two phases:

  • Early labor: Your cervix gradually effaces (thins out) and dilates (opens).  Listen to -I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight – Bob Dylan
  • Active labor: Your cervix begins to dilate more rapidly, and contractions are longer, stronger, and closer together. People often refer to the last part of active labor as Listen to- Under Pressure – Queen
  •  transition. Listen to- Hurt so Good – John Cougar Mellencamp

The second stage of labor begins once you’re fully dilated and ends with the birth of your baby. This is sometimes referred to as the “pushing” stage.

Listen to– Push It – Salt-n-Pepa
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
Release Me – Wilson Phillips
I’m coming out – Diana Ross

The third stage begins right after the birth of your baby and ends with the delivery of the placenta. Listen to– Baby Love – Supremes

Fourth state: Baby, we’re home!
Listen to- Up All Night- Talking heads

OR just use this handy-dandy guide-

Here are some ideas for creating your personal childbirth playlist in case you want to listen to something other than the anesthesiologist’s voice and your partner’s encouragement.

If you’ve been crying for 40 weeks and the scrapbook is already huge…
“Isn’t She Lovely,” by Stevie Wonder
“Beautiful Day,” by U2
“Daughters,” by John Mayer
“Father and Son,” by Cat Stevens
“Hold On,” by Wilson Phillips

If you prefer black onesies…
“Push It,” by Salt-N-Pepa
“Snow (Hey Oh),” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Love Stoned,” by Justin Timberlake
“Hey Baby,” by No Doubt
“Stronger,” by Kanye West

If yoga class and Lamaze have you feeling just fine…
“Three Little Birds,” by Bob Marley & The Wailers
“Comfortably Numb,” by Pink Floyd
“O-o-h Child,” by the Five Stairsteps
“(They Long To Be) Close to You,” by Carpenters
“One Sweet World,” by Dave Matthews Band

If you conceived on vacation…
“Margaritaville,” by Jimmy Buffet
“Better Together,” by Jack Johnson
“Somewhere over the Rainbow,” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole
“Paradise,” by Sade
“Soak up the Sun,” by Sheryl Crow

Right now as I type, I’m out of early labor. Now that my cervix is about 4 centimeters dilated, baby #9 progress will begin to accelerate!

Did you hate the list? Truth is mom should listen to whatever relaxes her! After all,you’ll never know what to expect during labor & delivery other than pain, pushing and blood!

2 thoughts on “Labor is Like a Box Of Chocolate

  1. Great post! So exciting for you 🙂 You’re right about labor and delivery. You never know what to expect! Love the Salt n Pepa and No Doubt references.

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