Dave and I started our birthing classes last week. These aren't your mother's lamaze classes. Sure there are breathing techniques taught, but really this class is a comprehensive class teaching about labor and delivery and all the options that are available. I've got to be honest, I don't have a birth plan. I guess my birth plan is to go with the flow. Almost all of my friends who have kids had them cesarean, so I don't have my hopes set very high. I'd like to think I have a high pain tolerance and could do this naturally, but I also know my anxiety may get the best of me and I will need the epidural to CTFD (calm the **** down).
Anyway, in our class we are learning about relaxation techniques. Last week we learned hand massage. For me, this was the WORST relaxation technique you can teach. I absolutely despise being touched and especially do not like massage. So, since that class I've been thinking about what I would do for my relaxation techniques. Funny enough, I think I'm going to focus like I do for running. For example, if I will use visualization I am going to picture miles 23 through the end of the Boston Marathon. Also like running, I use counting to get in rhythm and to relax. I can certainly see myself counting through contractions to focus. And finally, I will probably take my iPod and use one of my favorite albums that helps me calm down (Kenny Chesney - Be As You Are).
So, what do you do to help you relax? Ladies with children, what did you do for pain management in labor?