Preparing for PG

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Registered: 04-17-2009
Preparing for PG
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Wed, 02-29-2012 - 9:37am
What tools are you using to prepare yourself mentally for PG? I used to read a lot about this but then life got in the way! There are so many books and opinions out there about pregnancy and labor that it is hard to make up an opinion! But I guess like anything in life, it is like that! :) Hopefully, the help of a good care provider will ease some of my worries!

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Wed, 02-29-2012 - 11:46pm

When I was preparing for pregnancy, I spent A LOT of time here and on some other boards, like Labor & Delivery and the Homebirth board (we were planning for a homebirth originally).

When I discovered that my OB and I didn't see eye-to-eye on natural birth (her exact words to me were, "We don't live in Africa - take the drugs!") I began to interview MWs and found one that I love and can't wait to use again for our next birth. Oh and it's never too early to start pre-natal vitamins!

I also read Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler (great book!) since we were using FAM before TTC and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin.

http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Charge-Your-Fertility-Anniversary/dp/0060881909

http://www.amazon.com/Ina-Mays-Guide-Childbirth-Gaskin/dp/0553381156

It also helped me to ask questions of my friends who either just had a baby or were currently pregnant. I'm the type of person who likes to do a ton of research before venturing into something new, especially when it's something I'm really excited about.

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Thu, 03-01-2012 - 2:34pm
Thanks, Christine! Wow, I can't believe your OB said that! I would want to feel comfortable when I give birth, not being told to take drugs if I don't want to!

I think I read part of that Ina May'a book! Well nine months is quite long to plan, right? I have heard of TCOYF too! My periods are regular so I think I will just check O for the first few months...Prenatals, yes! I have been taking folic acid for quite some time now along with other vitamins!

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Fri, 03-02-2012 - 12:31pm
While not something you need to watch while your TTC I would recommend watching The Business of Being Born before your far along in your pregnancy.
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Mon, 03-05-2012 - 3:51pm
I have watched it a few years ago, it is pretty good!

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Thu, 03-08-2012 - 1:05am
kdoerpholz wrote:
While not something you need to watch while your TTC I would recommend watching The Business of Being Born before your far along in your pregnancy.

Yes!!! I love BOBB! I found it at my local library and recommend it to all my PG and TTC friends.

I've heard of another one, I think it's called "Pregnant in America"?, but haven't looked for it yet.