Thursday, December 5, 2013

Prepping for the BIG Race

Hello everyone! I hope you all enjoyed reading my last post about choosing to have a natural, drug-free water birth. I've gotten some criticism over it including, some comments about my intentions of wanting to be some kind of super hero for opting out of drugs. That's okay because those comments were expected.

My intentions are not to be Wonder Woman or to boast about my labor. I have chosen this route of childbirth because I truly believe that women are capable and strong enough to bear the pain of labor. I feel that women are amazing creatures and oftentimes we are not given the credit we deserve. My experiences throughout pregnancy has given me a new perspective about what women can do. We are absolutely powerful and tough. We were chosen to have children, not by coincidence, but because of our innate ability to endure and withstand pain.

Personally, I want to experience the pain of labor and truly get a feel for what it takes to be a woman. I never thought I could get pregnant, so this little bundle of joy has been a miracle and blessing from God. As the days get closer to the birth of my child, I am prepping for it in the same ways I would prep for a marathon.

I plan on using the following techniques to cope with the pain of labor:

1. Mental Imagery
2. My "Special Place"
3. Relaxation
4. Breathing Techniques
5. A Positive Attitude
6. Mantra/Positive Affirmations
These are the same techniques I use during a long and painful marathon. The race usually starts off easy, but as it progresses, things begin to get a little more interesting. It's at about the 20th mile that I begin to use all of my mental strategies to get through the race. I envision every step that I take and I subconsciously watch myself run (Mental Imagery); I mentally place myself out of my body and imagine that I am somewhere relaxing and beautiful (My Special Place); I try to relax my body and avoid tensing it because that aggravates the pain (Relaxation); I control my breathing by inhaling through my nose and out through my mouth in order to avoid cramping and hyperventilation (Breathing Techniques); I tell myself that the pain I am experiencing is "good" pain and only temporary (A positive attitude); and I repeat phrases that motivate me to continue running, such as "You CAN do this. It's do or die. You are almost there." (Mantra/Positive Affirmations).
So, as I prep for the BIG race, I will continue practicing my mental techniques while keeping my faith on my strength and keeping my eyes on the prize.
How do you prep for a race?
I am grateful for mental fortitude.

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  1. Hi Erika, just wanted to thank you for your posts. I'm sorry to hear you've received some criticism. I think you're an inspiration and such a positive, powerful role model. Best wishes, you are going to be wonderful mother!

    1. Hello Beth and thank you for those kind words. Stay tuned for some pics and my delivery story =)

  2. People often criticize what they don't understand. In the often used words of Maury guests, "You do YOU, girl!".

    Stay strong, you know your body, and good luck!

    1. Haha, you're absolutely right! Thank you for the encouragement!! =)

  3. I don't understand why people think they can criticize you for the method by which you decide to deliver your baby. You've done your research and made a decision that works for you and your family!

    1. I think that people criticize what they don't understand.