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birthing tub vs. laboring in the shower

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TABBIE1313
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2/15/07 7:49 P

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I like the tub for most of labor but when I get into transition I prefer the shower so I can move around some...weired I know!!

LANDISC
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2/15/07 6:23 P

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I havn't gone into labor yet but from what I have experienced is that the tub will relax my body but the shower keeps my mind occupied. If you can sit in the shower for awhile it usally makes me feel better. I get to relax and feel the water on my skin. Just a suggestion.


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2/9/07 10:10 A

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The water is only going to spill if you fill the tub too full. :) For the birthing tub, we laid down lots of plastic tarp around it for drips when I got in and out.

It's true that water *can* slow down labor. It's also true that it *can* speed it up. For many women, the ability to relax better in the water means that their bodies are freer to dialate easily. For others, the fact that they are moving less slows things down. But the great thing is that, unlike an epidural, you're aren't stuck with it once you make that decision. If the tub is slowing things down for you, you can get out and walk around.

For me personally, the contractions were easier to get through in the water, but it really was still manageable outside too. Since you know you may not be able to use the tub through your whole labor, definitely plan ahead with some other pain management techniques, and just be prepared so that leaving the water doesn't mean you have nothing else to help you. There are plenty of other tools available.

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CARLY_JORDON
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2/8/07 1:11 P

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I just have this image in my mind that when I sit in the tub all the water is going to overflow over the side. But trust me I will definitely hop in there, I am also scared that if I get pain relief from the tub when I get out I might be overwhelmed by the feelings of the contractions outside of the water when I have to go to the hospital. Is it true that it slows down labor?

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2/7/07 6:09 P

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Remember, that water is the midwife's epi!!!


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CARLY_JORDON
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2/7/07 4:34 P

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I wish I did have the option of both. I have a tub at home but it is pretty small so I don't' know how beneficial that will be during labor. Thanks ladies for answering my question.

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JOSIAHSJOURNEY
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2/7/07 11:17 A

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Alot of hospitals don't allow birthing in the tub, but you can labor in it. I would think both would work great!! I was feeling really hot at one point so the steam in the warm tub was actually bothering me so I stepped out for awhile. But I got back in and gave birth to him under the water. I would say take advantage of both if you can:)


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KRYSTIN_21A
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2/7/07 8:04 A

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Thats good to know that both work. My hospital has both and I was planning on using the shower since I wasn't to keen on using a bathtub that others had used.


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MAMADOU
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2/6/07 5:01 P

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I preferred the shower over the tub. If it had been a jacuzzi style, I might have liked it better. It really helped to turn up the water as hot and high as it would go. I could tell a huge difference when not in the shower.

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OKBRIJ
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2/6/07 10:25 A

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I was in the shower for about an hour before I went in to the hospital. I didn't use the shower there, though, becuase I just wanted to sleep! I had contractions for 3 days before I actaully went into labor, and the shower really helped with that.


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PREGO_BRAIN
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2/6/07 2:12 A

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I didn't do the shower, but I've heard other ladies say the shower was great.

The MW epidural consists of pouring water over your belly, so a shower would do that. However that made me feel sick and I did not like it. But I would imagine if I thought of it at the time that pouring it on my back would have worked better for me.

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CARLY_JORDON
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2/5/07 11:31 P

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My hospital does not have a birthing tub which does not bother me but I was wondering if taking a shower gave anyone relief from the pain?

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Amirra born June 2004 (39 weeks) 6 lbs. 5oz. (pre e, forceps, epi, vaginal)
Masen Alexander 8 lbs. 6.7oz born May 19, 2007 (39w 1d, induced preeclampsia) perfect induction without pain meds.

TTC-2011, I'm looking forward to my 1st home birth. In the meantime I'm trying to lose weight


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