Wow, time really is flying. Everyone who told me it would fly wasn’t kidding. I feel that I don’t have enough time now to prepare for the baby. I know I said I hope the baby comes early, but now I’m hoping he stays in until the due date. I don’t want him to be late though as that may or may not allow me to have a water birth as planned.
I don’t remember if I said on here that I’m aiming for a water birth. I know I told a couple of people, but I suppose I’ll elaborate a bit more on here. Ever since getting pregnant I knew I wanted to have a natural child-birth, but not just a “no epidural” birth, but an active delivery that allowed me to move around as I pleased (hated the thought of my legs up in stirrups!), with the least amount of interventions and inductions. I ultimately choose my hospital based on how much freedom they allow the mother to have (and water birthing tubs).
I originally was going to a hospital that is well-known, good reputation among Japanese mother (not so much foreign mothers), but what ultimately put me off was that although the women is allowed to labor and move as she likes…when it finally comes time to push, she had to climb up onto the table and have her legs up in stirrups. I really didn’t like that!
I started researching different birthing options/styles and what appealed to me the most was a water delivery. Water is supposed to be a nice pain reliever, relaxer, and after watching numerous birthing films of water and non water births, I was dead set on a water birth. What surprised me the most in comparing a water birth and non water birth was how the calm and relaxed baby appeared when delivered underwater. I also really liked that the mother was able to hold her baby immediately and have skin to skin contact which studies show are beneficial for both mum and baby for bonding. Another plus of the water is the less likelihood of tearing.
My birthing plan roughly states: No inductions and interventions unless absolutely necessary. Free to move/eat/drink as I feel like. Spontaneous pushing. No episiotomy. etc etc the list is quite long so I won’t go into it all as I’m sure it’ll only bore you all. At the end of the day though I have no idea how my labor is going to go and I’m trying my best to keep an open mind. Anything can happen and the situation is almost completely out of my control.
Despite not knowing what to expect on the actual day, I am doing what I can to prepare for whatever will happen by reading lots, staying active, eating well etc. What I find the most helpful though is yoga. Yoga covers areas that I think I’ll find useful in delivery. Meditation, to calm my naturally frazzled and stressed out self. Visualization, to encourage a positive situation, and breathing exercises to deal with the discomforts. I think Nina asked me if I was taking Lamaze classes. No, I’m not. I feel yoga provides a lot of valuable breathing exercises and mum told me her experience of actually forgetting the lamaze breathing method when she was in labor due to the pain and the breathing technic just not being something she was used to. So I figured I’ll stick with the breathing technics I’m most familiar with and have the most practice doing. When it comes down to it, I’ll do what feels most natural.
Before I get into the weekly updates, let me share some things that I’ve been enjoying since coming back to Tokyo.
Yoga Tree studio and all the members! It’s such a wonderful studio with a beautiful atmosphere and warm members!
Completely smooth green smoothies made possible by my favorite kitchen appliance – Vitamix!
This smoothie was particularly delicious with fresh mint leaves added.
Soy Ice-cream that dear hubby thoughtfully picked up without saying anything to me. He let me discover it by myself whenever I decided to look into the freezer! What a surprise.
I must say, strawberry was quite delicious!
My spiralizer! I missed this guy too! I had so much fun making noodles out of zucchini and carrots last week!
Veggie Pasta with vegan white sauce. It was delish! I think I enjoyed it more than Moto though. He prefers his real pasta ha.
Ok, on to prego updates. Are you still with me? This post is getting rather LONG!
- Major belly growth I think. People are finally noticing that I’m pregnant, although that doesn’t mean people are offering me seats on the train. I’m getting belly rubbed by strangers though.
- Sometimes if I’m propped up with pillows on my left side, I get rib kicked. I just need to change positions and then he stops.
- Random twinges of pain in the belly area.
- I can see distinct movement from my belly when the baby moves. Up until now his movements weren’t visual. I still don’t know what body part is where, but my belly is taking on different shapes depending on his movements.
- Full on leakage from the breasts! Rather disturbing….
- Have days where I feel like a whale and other days (usually right after the gym) where I feel quite fit and almost…..not pregnant.