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I Survived!

I survived my 1st hospital info session!  I sat in a room with 14 other pregnant women – and a baby physiotherapist – and didn’t cry, run screaming from the room, or slap a single one of them.  But it was a close thing.  When I arrived at the room, I saw a semicircle of chairs – and a table with labels and pens for name tags.  I’m allergic to both.

The baby physiotherapist isn’t a physio who specialised in babies; she is a baby.  She seems to know her stuff, but I’m certain I’m old enough to be her mother.  There were a few times when it was obvious that she’s never been pregnant or could imagine what it is like, but all in all she was a good and friendly person to lead the session.

The session was mostly what I thought it would be.  She started off showing us the spine and pelvic bones and talking about the changes the body goes through and why various things can be uncomfortable or hurt.  Then it was explaining how to stand, sit, sleep, etc.  A few exercises to try to counteract the strain you put on things during the day.  Things to avoid doing before and after birth.  Things, et cetera, things.

The surprise for me was playing with TENS machines.  She had a few there for the session, so we all got a chance to attach electrodes to forearms and have a buzz.  Our hospital doesn’t provide them – you have to rent one privately if you’d like one – but it was interesting to hear about and try out nonetheless.

As the physio was giving us info or having us practise exercises so she could come around and check out technique for the whole 2 hours there really wasn’t much interaction between us all, but some non-curriculum things I observed:

  • You really can’t tell by looking at someone how pregnant they are.  We ranged from 19 weeks to 33.  Some of the women in the 3rd trimester didn’t look pregnant, and some of the 2nd tri women looked about ready to pop.
  • You really can’t tell by looking at someone if they have gestational diabetes.
  • Info sessions from 7 to 9 pm are too late for women in the 2nd or 3rd trimester.
  • Sitting in stackable chairs that are so close together you can’t fidget is really uncomfortable.
  • Two loos is too few for 15 preggos.

While we were in the physio session, our partners were in the ‘Father’s Session’.  (Which made me wonder what they offer non-father partners.)  The men basically spent the whole time in a lead discussion.  My husband found out  much more about the other couples.  Out of the 15 pregnancies, 3 of them were IVF.  One of the IVFers is having twins.  They chatted about how far along they were, how they found out, and how they felt about it all.  They also discussed strategies for keeping family away when things are still new and a bit overwhelming (man up and ask your wife to tell them ‘no’ 😉  ) and signs of post natal depression to look out for.  The men finished before we did, so were waiting outside and chatting like old friends.

In general the session was fine.  Strange, but not too uncomfortable.  The room wasn’t too hospitally.  The info was OK but nothing I couldn’t have lived with out I guess.  But the main thing is I survived it!

So hopefully this week is looking up.  Sparky still hasn’t had a wiggle that I can feel, however an awesome friend is meeting me for lunch and lending me her doppler!  And tonight is Weird Al Yankovic – it’s really quite a fantastic day!!!  And hopefully by this time Monday I will know all is well with Sparky and maybe even if we’re having a she Spark or a he Spark.

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  1. a
    25/03/2011 at 12:18 pm

    Exciting week ahead. I thought the informational session at our hospital, while mildly entertaining, was essentially useless. And awkward. Oh well, rite of passage or something…

    Enjoy Weird Al. Hope he performs Eat It just for you!

  2. 25/03/2011 at 3:33 pm

    Glad the class was bearable 🙂 Hope you have a blast at the Weird Al concert! I’d like to go to one some day. I think my favorite song is White and Nerdy 😀 haha

  3. Flowergirl
    25/03/2011 at 8:02 pm

    Well done for surviving!

  4. 26/03/2011 at 8:04 am

    congrats on surviving! You’ve more than earned you reward tonight!! 🙂

  5. Meg
    26/03/2011 at 9:31 pm

    I loved having lunch with you, can’t say I mind being referred to as an awesome friend either. Well done for surviving the class, another milestone to tick off. And I’ll be thinking of you Monday morning for your scan, hope you get better pics than I did!

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