Happy Friday, sweet blog friends! I hope that you've all had a wonderful week. Our lovely blogger friend, Leslie, will not be hosting a confession link-up this week, so we will not be having a regularly scheduled 'fess sesh today. But don't worry - they will return next week!
Despite this, I do have one big confession. About something that's been on my mind recently.
As a soon-to-be momma, who is now in her third trimester, I bet you can guess what it is that's been occupying my thoughts more and more lately...
Yep. The delivery.
And, I confess: I'm pretty scared. I know how this all works, and I know that it isn't going to be easy. Or painless. Or pretty. Along with not lying to you all, I am not planning on lying to myself by going into this with an unrealistic mindset.
I've noticed lately that birth plans are a big 'thing.' To tell you the truth, I don't really get it. If I had a birth plan, it would look something like this:
"Get the baby out safely."
While I think it's great that some moms want to put a lot of thought into how their children will arrive into this world, and hope very much that their births go as planned, I guess I just don't see the point in putting too much effort into something that you have very little control over. My plan is to do whatever needs to be done to ensure both the baby's health as well as my own. I will not be putting together a playlist to be played in the room during delivery. I don't plan on making goodie bags for the nurses (is that terrible?) I don't care whether the lights or dimmed or not. I really just think that I will be too pre-occupied to notice any of this when the time comes to push this baby out.
One thing I have decided? I will be accepting pain medications. I have a lot of respect for mothers who choose to go the natural birth route. I just won't be one of them. If given the option for an epidural, I will be taking it. Gratefully. I know that this is a rather controversial topic, but is one that I feel like each woman must decide for herself. I don't think either way is right or wrong. To each their own. I know my body, and know that I will perform better with pain medication as needed. So, I guess if I had to add anything to a birth plan of sorts, "Give me pain medication" would be on it.
Another controversial topic? The debate between vaginal deliveries and c-sections.
And I confess: I'm finding myself pretty 'on the fence' in regard to this topic. Since finding out that I was pregnant, my goal has always been to have a vaginal delivery. Preferably an uncomplicated vaginal delivery - but don't we all wish for that? However, recently, I've been told by many people that c-sections are the WAY to go. Despite a longer hospital stay and a slighter longer recovery (when compared to an uncomplicated vaginal delivery), recent mama friends of mine have said that having a baby via c-section was the best decision they've ever made. My husband is a big proponent of vaginal delivery. My doctor is willing to support whatever decision I make....
So, that leaves me wondering - if given the option, what should I choose? I need some advice from you guys today. Any thoughts or opinions on vaginal births versus c-sections? Ultimately, I want to do what is best for the baby. Today I just thought I'd put some feelers out there to find out what you guys think, and see what your experiences have been. Help a little preggo out and share your wisdom!
Update: I was wrong! Leslie is hosting a confessional link-up today, so hop on over there if you'd like to participate!