Right when I think I have everything done that needs to get done, I think of one more thing I have to do. Most women at this point in their pregnancy are trying all kinds of tactics to get labor moving. They are ready to be done being pregnant.
I know when I was 38 weeks pregnant with Meghan I was bouncing on my exercise ball every night in attempt to get her to drop, taking long walks, trying all of the old wives tales. I was so done with the whole being pregnant thing.
This time, I feel a lot differently about it. I’m totally fine with Baby Bean staying put a little longer. With a due date three days before Christmas, I really don’t have as much time to think about how awful it is to be this pregnant. I’m too busy.
One of the things on my ever-expanding to-do list was to make a labor playlist. I love music and know that it can help keep me calm, motivated, or more relaxed. I made two playlists for the different stages of labor.
The first playlist is a light music list. This is for when I’m trying to relax through my contractions and work with my body, not against it. ( The Bradley Birth Method really emphasizes this.) Some of the songs are just old favorites, others remind me of a certain time or person that might just help me escape the moment.
The second playlist is for when I need to get pumped up. What I remember most about the pushing stage with Meghan is how much work it was. Pushing a 7 pound baby out of your body is sweaty, hard work. For that, I need music that fits the moment. The kind of music I’d listen to during a tough workout or before a big game in my athlete days. Some of the songs just have a more upbeat tempo, others are definitely get-in-the-moment songs.
You’ll notice that I have random taste in music–both lists contain an eclectic sampling of singer/songwriter, rock, alternative, country, Christian, dance, pop, and hip hop. Here’s to hoping this music will bring me through a manageable, uncomplicated labor.
Question: Do you have any great song suggestions that I should add to either list?
Maryea is a stay-at-home mom on a mission to feed her family wholesome, real foods and stay a sane, happy mama at the same time! Click here to get free email updates with her posts: