Fear Free Childbirth and Growth Spurt!

Fear Free Childbirth and Growth Spurt!

Hi there!

How is your week going?  I must say I’m happy it’s already Wednesday.  Only three more days left in the week for another week down.  We’re obviously on the count down to baby arriving.  It’s funny with The Love Nugget I was so nervous those last few weeks and honestly a bit stressed about how everything would go.  I think a lot of it was that it was my first and a lot was that I was also leaving my class for the final month of the school year to someone else.  After spending a year helping them grow it was hard to let them go.

This time I’m feeling a lot less stressed about labor itself.  Even though it’s been so long and I never went into labor on my own.  As I’ve mentioned before, I was induced at 42 weeks and after getting pitocin went from a 0-10 with pain in 20 minutes.  I got my epidural soon after then a few hours later The Love Nugget was born.


This time around I’m hoping things go a little differently but also don’t really remember all those tips for dealing with contractions and pain.  Neither does The Hubby.  Even still, I’m not really all that worried about it.  I talked about how we’re thinking about getting a doula but as the due date nears that’s looking less likely.  We also talked about going to a refresher labor and delivery course but haven’t found one that works with our schedule.  What I have been doing to prepare is listen to a lot of podcasts and reading up on some natural birthing books.

I just finished Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and am beginning the Bradley Method.   I’ve also been listening to Fear Free Childbirth Podcast and I think it’s helping to get the negative thoughts out of my head. Let’s hope they stay out of there!  

Yesterday I had another ultrasound just to check on him and see how he’s growing.  I get them every 4 weeks so it’s a bit tedious at this point….  But also great to see and hear he’s doing good 🙂  It’s crazy because the last time I was there, four weeks ago, he weighed about 2 pounds 8 ounces.  This time he weighed about 4 pounds 14 ounces!  Talk about a growth spurt!  Guess that explains why I’ve felt so tired lately and have been taking naps almost everyday.   He’s also measuring almost a week early so here’s hoping for an early delivery!  Wishful thinking 😉

They did say he was still head down which is great news.  Also that my cervix is still pretty long so it doesn’t look like I’ll be going into preterm labor which is always a nice piece of mind.  Especially since the past few weeks I’ve been having LOTS of Braxton Hicks contractions.  Just my body getting ready I guess!

As my body gets ready, I’m also trying to get our household ready for baby.  The nursery is almost done (pictures coming soon), I’m chipping away on organizing cupboards, drawers and closets  and stocking up on pantry items from Thrive Market.


I order from them probably every other month when I need to stock up on dry goods.  I placed this order then realized I need to order a bunch of cleaning and body products.  So I’ll be placing another order.  It’s so much easier than having to run to the store and everything is at a discounted price which is nice 🙂   Use this link for 15% off your first order!

I’ve also started working on some freezer meals for after baby arrives.  I’ve gotten several meals/snacks done but have quite a few more things I’d like to get stored away.

A few include,

These lactation cookies

These meatballs,

These chicken nuggets,

and some freezer breakfast burritos like these for the boys.

I try to do one or two during the week and one or two on the weekends.  We have three freezers so I’ve got plenty of room to stock up and save me time once the baby arrives 🙂

Speaking of food, I’m off to make breakfast and get my day started!  Hope you all have a great Wednesday!!!!!


  • If you’ve given birth, did you do it naturally or with drugs?  
  • What freezer meals would you recommend I make? 



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  1. I will def check out that podcast! Negative thoughts are my only barrier at this point. I probably need to stop reading birth stories on blogs online lol. I also made a couple of freezer meals last weekend, I’ll add those cookies to the list!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      I felt like I had a lot more negative thoughts the first time around than I do this time. Maybe because I now know I will survive 🙂 You’ll do awesome!

  2. Jennifer Wear says:

    I did the bradley method with my first daughter. All the birthing classes, all the books and my mom had my sister and me both natural and a few (much older) friends who had done it. I was more terrified of the epidural than the pain of birth, mostly because the thought of being paralyzed was just so strange to me and giving up that control. Anyhow, I went into labor naturally right at 39 weeks, everything progressed perfectly and then I started pushing after 12 hours of labor. Five hours later I was still pushing! They tried the vacuum twice, all this with no drugs, and after it popped off twice I had an emergency c-section. I’m glad I did it natural because I would have always wondered if the epidural caused my c-section and because it made me see how the body works if you just let things flow. It also made me realize how strong I really am. I used a sleep mask and a relaxing mix of songs on my iPod and that really helped. With my second daughter my dr said it was highly unlikely that I would be able to deliver naturally since I had been in good shape, had a smaller sized baby and no drugs and recommended I have another c-section, so I did that the second time around. It sucked, but in the end I have two beautiful healthy daughters so it was all well worth it.

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Wow! What a delivery story! Good for you for sticking with it naturally! Like you said, at least you know rather than always wondering. That’s part of the reason I’m hoping to go naturally. I want to know if I can do it 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jennifer Wear says:

    Oh! Also, about a million people told me I could never do natural childbirth because I couldn’t possibly understand the pain involved. I turned those haters into motivators, so if you want to do natural just think about all the people who have done it and you’ll be fine.

  4. Thank you for the podcast mention Giselle! I hope it’s been helpful for you on your pregnancy journey! All the best with your birth.
    Alexia x

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Yes it definitely has! Now if only this little guy would decide to make his appearance so I could put your tips to use!