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Old 11-29-2012, 07:09 PM   #11
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I had not been permitted to eat while laboring, despite claims otherwise prior to the birth. So by the time pushing came, I had not eaten in over eighteen hours, and only allowed ice chips, I was not permitted to DRINK water for over twelve hours. So when the nurse threatened me, I just sobbed and waddled to the bad after the next contraction. I was very defeated during that birth.
Omg! So glad I was at a birth center. I can eat a freakin burger if I wish. Which we all knows is not likely. With contrax every two minutes I was dying! But I could eat small bites of protein bars or fruit. I have some OJ for after and lemonade if needed, during. Gosh hospitals are absurd. How can a mother birth naturally without calories. We are burning them physically trying to manage the pain and by moving! When I ran 13.1 miles I filed myself along the way. And that was easier than labor. Lol

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Old 11-29-2012, 07:14 PM   #12
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Omg! So glad I was at a birth center. I can eat a freakin burger if I wish. Which we all knows is not likely. With contrax every two minutes I was dying! But I could eat small bites of protein bars or fruit. I have some OJ for after and lemonade if needed, during. Gosh hospitals are absurd. How can a mother birth naturally without calories. We are burning them physically trying to manage the pain and by moving! When I ran 13.1 miles I filed myself along the way. And that was easier than labor. Lol
I think I had an unusually bad hospital experience, honestly. I don't think most hospitals are that bad. But I am simply not willing to find out, barring any horrible emergency. Anyway, sorry to hijack, op! Research, research, research! Knowledge is power!
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:17 PM   #13
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I think I had an unusually bad hospital experience, honestly. I don't think most hospitals are that bad. But I am simply not willing to find out, barring any horrible emergency. Anyway, sorry to hijack, op! Research, research, research! Knowledge is power!
Mine was horrid too. I think
It's also the type of person you are. I want a warm fuzzy feeling when I went a child into
The world. NO hospital could ever give me that.
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Anyway, sorry to hijack, op! Research, research, research! Knowledge is power!
No problem! And I agree on the research! Knowledge truly is power!

It sounds like you did have a horrible hospital experience! I was not allowed to eat or drink anything other than ice chips at the hospital with DD. Sadly, I think that's common for most hospitals. After a few hours I got mad enough and was so hungry DH smuggled me in a small sandwich and water. I think it's cruel to expect a woman to labor for hours with nothing to eat or drink. It is absolutely absurd! I hope this "no food or drink" policy is no longer in affect and I'll be asking the midwife about it.
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Re: Info on water births, please?

I'm debating between a hospital that has birthing pools in every room and one that has one pool, that's generally available, but a bathtub if it's not.

do you think a bathtub would be even comparable?
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:11 PM   #16
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I'm debating between a hospital that has birthing pools in every room and one that has one pool, that's generally available, but a bathtub if it's not.

do you think a bathtub would be even comparable?
I will only ever want a bathtub. I'm not in there to just soak? I need sturdy sides to flip flop and brace myself. I think people use support people for that in the other tubs? Idk. I also like a curved bottom. Not a flat one (like a floor)
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Re: Info on water births, please?

I had the option to do a water birth at the hospital.
The only problem I came across was actually being allowed into the tub. I kept asking and asking and they kept putting me off because my midwife hadn't arrived yet.
Once she arrived I could have gotten in the tub at any time, but I didn't actually want to birth in the tub and I was so far along I didn't end up getting in.
I was also allowed/encourages to eat, drink, move freely, squat, and push as I pleased. I didn't have an IV or anything either. Just ask other moms their experiences in your particular hospitals. If its the kind of place that puts you on its plan steer clear.
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This is a silly question. But if I'm at a hospital (and I will be) I don't want to be naked in a tub.

But a gown in water sounds irritating. Does everyone just go naked? Maybe a sports bra and some shorts?

What would be acceptable and comfortable.

I won't be comfortable naked and I think a wet gown would twist and irritate me.

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I have never heard of anyone laboring with bottoms on. In the water there really is no need.. You can't see. I labor with a bikini top. No bottoms. Heck my baby came so fast, the bottoms woulda really really messed me up. Lol
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Thanks for the good answers.

I'm really weird about my butt
I wear shorts in a pool
And I used to have to get regular spine X-rays and they always let me wear shorts under my gown.

But they told me if I didn't get the birthing tub and was using the bathtub in my room, I'd have to get out at crowning.

But good to know that it'd be normal to atleast wear a top. Will remember to pack that stuff
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