We haven’t taken any childbirth classes yet, but that’s one of the million things on my to-do list, so I found a nice series of classes online. After about 15 minutes of listening to all the gory details of the miracle of life, I am totally freaking out. I knew this was going to be painful, but the reality is kicking in and I’m scared.
For various reasons, I have the goal of doing this “naturally.” Translation: I don’t plan to get an epidural. I’ve heard from so many people on this issue. The pros. The cons. Some have said not getting an epidural is akin to not getting pain killers when getting a root canal. Sure, you can do it. But why on earth would you when you don’t have to? Modern medicine to the rescue!
I totally see their point, but I also worry about the pain medicine going to the baby. It seems a little odd to spend nine months avoiding anything that could potentially harm the baby, from any and all prescription meds, Tylenol, lunch meat, sushi, etc. to suddenly doping myself and my little one on the strongest pain medication at hand.
I know this is going to hurt like hell, but the only thing that is getting me through this minor panic attack I’m having right now is the knowledge that women have delivered babies without pain medication for thousands of years (including my own mom). And then went on to have more children and do it all over again. So either the pain can’t be THAT bad or I will get amnesia and forget all about it.
If you’re reading this and have already gone through labor, I’d love to hear what worked for you and any advice you might have. If you haven’t gone through labor, please feel free to pass on any calming words that might help me to stop freaking out. And hurry. Because some crazy person has put donuts in the kitchen at work and if I don’t calm down soon, I’m going to spend my afternoon eating them all.