As I talked about here we were having a hard time deciding if we should use the Bradley Method or Lamaze for the birth of Little Pip. I have a friend who recommended Bradley, did some reading on it but was still a little chicken. But after all your encouragement we decided to go ahead.
And I’m so glad we made that decision! We had our first class on Tuesday this week and not only was it fun but it wasn’t as weird as I thought it would be.
This first class we basically did an overview of Bradley and then talked about exercises we need to be doing to strengthen our back and leg muscles. Ouch! I am so out of shape! But I’m real excited because one exercise in particular is especially designed to strengthen the back and I have such a bad back. I’m going to ask her next week if there’s anything else I can do to make it stronger because I’m getting to the point that I need to take Tylenol every single night and I really don’t want to have to do that.
We also played a fun game to get to know the rest of the couples in the group. There are 7 of us and it was good to get to know some other couples. One couple in particular goes to our church and although we’ve said hi and such never really had a chance to get to know them. I was excited to visit with them more.
I have to keep track of everything I eat each week. They really emphasize protein – 80-100 grams a day. And then there’s a prize each week for everyone that turns in their sheet. It’s also very helpful in holding me accountable to not eat Pizza Rolls and ice cream for supper – at least not every night. 🙂
One of the main components of the Bradley Method is to empower the husband to coach and encourage his wife through the labor – basically to become a doula. Hubby did a great job at class but now this week he hasn’t been very good so far about reminding me to do my exercises so hopefully that improves. I need all the encouragement I can get!
I’ve already have a few people question my sanity about using Bradley and hoping to not have any drugs during labor. It feels sometimes like the whole world is against you so it was so helpful to have so many encourage us to try Bradley. I don’t know what our labor will bring but we want to do what we can to try to not use drugs during the birth. But I also know I’m not super-human and so I’m just going to pray pray pray for wisdom and strength to know what to do when we get there. I think it’s always a good thing though to take control of the decisions that are being made to your body and your baby and so I’m thankful that Bradley will help us do that. But we also love and trust our doctor, who is a follower of Jesus just like us, so that does make a huge difference to us.
Well that’s enough about our first class. It’s getting late and I still need to do my exercises! Ug, it’s going to be a long 20 weeks til Little Pip comes!