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About to reach the 28 week mark and things are getting REAL. I still haven't gotten used to the fact I have a two year old let alone the fact I'll have two children in merely months 🙃😮
To all the pregnant mums out there I want to recommend two books to you:
- Hypnobirthing by Marie Mongan
- Ina May's guide to childbirth
Both books are amazing, as are the women who have written them. They are filled with a lifetime of positive experiences, stories and facts and aim to reconnect you to the beauty of childbirth.
I used Hypnobirthing with my son. At 16 weeks someone told me about it and I laughed 'what do you mean someone arrived at the hospital in no pain and on examination the baby was crowning'. It sounded like a joke, right? The only stories I'd heard (and how the movies portray birth!) were filled with screaming, drugs, intervention and trauma.
However, then I went to a childbirth class on the drugs available in labour and the statistics on births and I freaked out. At that point I decided I wanted to do everything possible to have a natural and drug free birth and I bought Marie Mongan's book. I think I read it in a day!
Even if you decide Hypnobirthing isn't for you the book is filled with such positivity and amazing tips for birth and beyond I would recommend you read it anyway. I still use some of the breathing techniques now when stressed and it also prepares you for unexpected issues with birth and how to meet them with calmness and ease. I was so lucky to have a natural and uncomplicated water birth with my son and have everything crossed the same happens this time.
I bought the second book a couple of weeks before my due date as I was being inundated with traumatic birth stories and needed some positive and empowering stories (spoiler alert - there are a couple of orgasmic birth stories in here 😲!).
I completely appreciate everyone's birth is different and valid and I'm so sorry if things went badly during birth for you but please, please don't tell pregnant women these stories. We are pregnant. The baby needs to come out. Please save them for after the birth.
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