Friday, April 23, 2010

Labor & Birthing Class

We have started going to a Labor & Birthing class for multiples at the hospital where we're going to have the babies, WakeMed Cary.  The first class was sort of ho-hum... not much information that we didn't know before from reading books.  It has been fun to meet other parents expecting multiples, though.  (Luckily, the class is nothing like the pioneer birth scene above.  We've come a long way since 1877.)

Last night was better, I think.  We talked about vaginal birth, and we learned about all the stages of birth and the hormones involved at the different stages.  We practiced a lot of different positions, breathing techniques and soothing techniques.  Jason had to massage my back and hands a lot, which is a definite bonus.  I'm a fan of the hand massage for sure.  Well, I guess I'm a fan of all of the massaging!  =)

All in all, I'm glad we're taking the class.  We'll miss the last class to go to my sister-in-law's wedding, so next week will be our last class (it's a 4-week series).  We'll talk about c-sections next week.  50% of twins are born via c-section, so we need to be ready for that possibility.

After the class last night, Jason took me by Chipotle to grab a steak bowl on the way home.  I'm trying to eat more protein.  I'm supposed to eat 176 grams a day, which is a LOT of protein.  For the past 5 days, I've been over 120 grams per day.  Over the past 3 days, I've had between 160 and 185 grams of protein.  This is a lot of eggs, protein shakes and steak.

We have a growth scan (ultrasound) and another doctor's appointment on Tuesday morning. I'm hoping that the babies are still both head down.  We would love to have a vaginal birth if we can, because it's better for the babies (and generally a faster recovery time for me).  I'm also hoping that I get a good cervical length measurement.


  1. Hi Leslie! I have been praying about your cervical length and now will add the babies' positions to my prayers. Love you & think of you all the time. :)

  2. Let's just hope you don't do one vaginal and one c-section. Good job on all the protein. Do you have to take iron supplements too? I hated the iron supplements.