We went to Childbirth Prep/Lamaze classes this past June. A couple of things struck me as we sat on our towels and breathed "ha ha ha WHOO ... ha ha ha WHOO" while receiving reassuring massages from our husbands.
"Coaches, breathe with your wives," instructed the teacher.
Firstly, we all looked pretty silly!! Mr. S and I were both choking back waves of laughter. Thankfully he was sitting behind me so we couldn't meet eyes. I still feel the corners of my mouth quivering when we practice the breathing. I'm sure the pain will knock the smile right off of my face when the time comes! Stay tuned to find out if we actually use the breathing ...
Secondly and more seriously, I didn't realize that contractions are good. Yes, that's right folks!
God has designed those waves of pain to open the cervix up and give baby a place to go ... namely out into our world. Fighting against the contractions and tensing up is not what you want to do ... hence Lamaze or Bradley or whatever you use to get you through. (Remind me of this again in the next few weeks)
At every stage of this pregnancy, I have been in awe of God's Ways. He has made and fashioned us in such a detailed way. How can we comprehend all the wonders of His creation?