@starkette @and_peggy Yes to hoarding all the perineal ice packs and mesh undies!
Prenatal yoga (or exercise in general) throughout the second and third trimester really helps prepare your body for the marathon that is birth.
If you can, hire a doula.
Sometimes babies don’t want out. I kept thinking labor would magically happen, but I made it to just shy of 42 weeks and had to do an induction.
Castor oil is not fun, do not recommend and didn’t help. 🥴
Eat before going to the hospital they discourage eating and drinking in case you need a c-section.
Try to get a port and not an IV for as long as possible so you are free to move.
A peanut ball is a great tool to help you progress if you get an epidural.
I had a 4th degree tear so I was not prepared for the recovery. Going to the bathroom was the worst. Colace and a sitz bath were my bffs.
If your partner can swing 2-3 weeks off post delivery do it. I could barely walk, and each day was needed.
Breastfeeding hurts in the beginning. Even with a perfect latch, nipples are not used to all that activity, and letdown itself was painful. I’ve heard people say it shouldn’t hurt…that’s just not reality for most people. But it gets better.