We are planning a natural birth (my OH is still questioning it but respects my decision). I plan to deliver at a hospital with my OB, but we will likely use either the Bradley method or a doula. I want to do the best possible thing for my LO, and minimal intervention definitely seems best.
However, I have some nagging doubts/questions and am curious if any of you with experience have any input. Not trying to sound like I'm paranoid, but I know my body pretty well...
1) I have *ridiculously* tight hips. I have started doing daily stretches/squats and prenatal yoga once a week, but mostly when I stretch I just get pain (lingering issue from running). Is this going to make it harder for me?
2) I do absolutely terribly without food. I have a very high metabolism, but the down side is that I can get migraines if I don't eat every 3-4 hours. Will this cause me issues during labor? My sister had a natural birth and was vomiting for hours - this would kill me!
3) I have read the natural birth stories (amazing!) and all about the tremendous pain during transition and pushing. I have passed out once from being in so much pain (back injury). It may sound silly but I'm kind of concerned that I'm going to crumble under the pain - get dizzy, pass out, have a heart attack (LOL). Is this a realistic concern?
I have run a marathon before, so I know I can push through some discomfort. This seems like an entirely different ballgame, though, and part of me worries I literally won't be able to handle it. Sorry to sound like such a weenie but coming from a position of total ignorance it's so hard to know if this is something I should get myself into!