1. What to pack in the go bag
I of course have my list of things that need to accompany us to the hospital; clothes, toiletries, cell phone chargers, camera, etc. But are there any out of the ordinary things that you packed or that you wish you would have packed? For instance, I would have never thought to pack the breast pump until my friend suggested it to me, and how she wishes she would have taken hers. I also am packing two specific receiving blankets that I will swaddle baby in and then send home to each of my dogs before we are discharged so they will learn babies smell. If I forget something I can always have someone bring it to me, but I would prefer to have it already in my bag since the hospital we are delivering at is 40 minutes from home.
2. Music during labor
I’ve heard of women playing music during their labor, and also having a specific song scheduled to be played during the delivery. I sort of love this idea and think that soft, supporting music could really benefit the relaxed place that I want to be while handling contractions. Concentrated breathing, eyes closed, focusing.
On the other hand, I feel the music should be the exact opposite. I feel like I should be playing fight music. Like I should be staring in the mirror, throwing punches in the air and grunting. Preparing myself for battle. Maybe I should be pumping myself up to go face this one time opponent, telling myself I can kick labor’s ass.
Did you play music during labor or delivery? What kind of music was it? Can you give me specific song titles?
3. Getting a breech baby to move
Since at least week 28, baby has been in the breech position with his head as far up under my right ribs as possible. As you can imagine this is incredibly uncomfortable and his head is actually pushing into my gallbladder causing severe pain. A breech position is nothing to worry about until around the 35 week mark, which still leaves time for him to move. But I would like him to move now, please.
My other reason for wanting him to change positions besides pain, is that I have read that it is easier to get baby to move sooner than later. Once they are in a position for so long they sometimes don’t want to move, and the larger they get, the harder it is. If there are natural ways that I can encourage him to adjust his position I would love to try them. I’ve read the flash light technique which sounds silly to me, I don’t think holding one in between my legs will encourage him to “follow the light”. Do you?
Any one have a breech baby? When did he move down? Did you do anything to assist the move?
4. When do I complete the tasks on my to do list?
I’ve got a long list of pre-baby to do’s. The majority of these things I am not sure when I should complete them since I have no idea when I will go into labor. For instance, when do I pack the go bag? When do I install the car seat? When do I stock my cabinets and make sure the animals have plenty of food? I don’t want to do these things too early but I don’t want to go into labor early and have so many things left undone. When do I complete all of these last minute tasks?
5. Solicited advice
Now is the time that I’m opening the comments up to you all for your advice. Anything in regards to the third trimester, labor, delivery, bringing home baby and becoming a new mommy. Is there anything you learned along the way you wish someone would have told you?