Here’s How I Made Pregnancy, Birth And Nursing That Little Bit Easie
Lots of women find pregnancy hard. Others find it to be the most wonderful and fulfilling nine months of their lives. And no two pregnancies are alike. Number one baby will be nothing like number two. And number one will always be the scariest and most worrying pregnancy because nothing can prepare you for what will happen.
Feeling and being sick in the first few weeks is one of the worst experiences of pregnancy. The constant bad breath was awful. I found ginger biscuits first thing in the morning helped a lot. And peppermints not only got rid of that reflux taste but they tamed the indigestion too. You really never know what you’re going to get from one week to the next!
Your second pregnancy is usually easier because you know what to expect, and you’ve done it all before. But it doesn’t make any of it more comfortable. Aching feet and legs remind me to this day of those heavier weeks. Having a helpful partner around to massage them certainly helps. Elevating your legs helps too, but then there is the challenge of getting back upright again!
I was lucky enough to have a nursing pillow already for my pregnancy. It was so helpful, I renamed it the pregnancy pillow and bought another one for the baby! You can put them across your shoulders and lean your head back to grab forty winks when you’re too uncomfortable to lay down. And propping it between your legs when you lie on your side can stop your hips aching too.
Some Mums have reported that Yoga for pregnancy helped them when it was time for the birth. The breathing techniques and focus helped a lot. You can’t always rely on gas and air or Pethidine to help with the pain. It’s something we all have to go through, but it is true what they say about moving. I think the Mums that stayed off their backs through labour pains managed a little better than those stuck in the bed.
Birth is scary every time. You hold your breath waiting for that first cry. And it always feels like you’re waiting for ages. As soon as the baby is out they put him on your chest. This is a weird experience because of the emotions behind it. You’re happy the pain is over, exhausted from the labour, and delighted this little bundle is healthy. But you’re probably sobbing your heart out!
Nursing doesn’t happen properly for a few days, but it’s important to encourage your new arrival to latch on straight away. It’s part of the bonding process. But don’t let anyone tell you it’s simple. And no, it doesn’t feel natural at all for a lot of women. It is something you both have to learn to do together. One of the biggest problems is how to hold the baby up to your chest for the amount of time it takes for him to get a good meal. That’s why you need a nursing pillow around your tummy. It will save your poor arms!
None of it is easy, so don’t let anybody tell you it is. And if you haven’t done it before, why should it feel natural? Perhaps my most important lesson learned was that you don’t need to do it all on your own, and you definitely shouldn’t. Check out other Mums feeling just like you on the forum.