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Watching childbirth t.v. programmes while pregnant - is this helpful or not helpful?

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morningpaper Tue 12-Jul-05 20:15:36

What do you think? Lots of pregnant women like me seem to become embrassingly drawn to Discovery Health and Leisure...

Do I NEED to see lots of women begging their husbands to kill them? Is this helping me or is this driving my childbirth paranoia?!

WideWebWitch Tue 12-Jul-05 20:18:12

Well I can only watch them because I'm never doing it again. No way could I have watched while I was pregnant for the 2nd time. While pregnant for the first time YES, because I didn't know how bad it could be and any info was useful but the second time round I didn't need any reminders thank you very much! I sometimes watch now and find it all quite fascinating!

anchovies Tue 12-Jul-05 20:18:23

I love the childbirth programs, I am addicted to discovery health and love desperate midwives. I cry every time without fail when a baby is born. Always a happy ending so I can't see the harm!

Donbean Tue 12-Jul-05 20:22:37

Nonononono!
I watched some through my fingers with the remote control poised to quickly turn over at the awful bits.
I made a complete wreck oof myself and panicked no end. I ended up chanting over and over "I cant do it, i cant do it,i cant do it" while rocking backwards and forwards in a strange way.
Dont watch them, dont do it to yourself. IMHO.

Caribbeanqueen Tue 12-Jul-05 20:25:56

I used to watch them all the time until I got pregnant. Then I stopped and only watched the first few minutes while they were talking about their families etc and then the end to see the baby. No way could I watch the birth while I was pregnant!

morningpaper Tue 12-Jul-05 20:26:22

I think maybe I should just stick to Big Brother...

WigWamBam Tue 12-Jul-05 20:28:20

Not helpful! They only ever show you the most dramatic and traumatic births, not what you want to be looking at!

SenoraPostrophe Tue 12-Jul-05 20:34:22

no, but watching kids telly is very useful.gets you in the right frame of mind.

lilaclotus Tue 12-Jul-05 20:37:12

i'm watching them now, before being pregnant again. so i know what i am getting myself into.

Satine Tue 12-Jul-05 20:41:22

completely agree with www!

Lonelymum Tue 12-Jul-05 20:44:37

Isn't it funny how when you watch a woman giving birth after you have done it yourself, you know exactly what she is feeling! I always think thank God I am not doing that again, but like Anchovies, I can't see a birth without crying at the end!

Lizita Tue 12-Jul-05 20:45:41

Childbirth, no, we all get on with it fine when the time comes. I think it's important any mother to be should be told honestly what having a baby will be like though. Most people have unrealistic expectations.

Redhelen Tue 12-Jul-05 20:56:27

I'm keeping away from tv and even books and pregnanacy mags - I've seen so many with a negative slant recently - you just end up confused and worried!

morningpaper Tue 12-Jul-05 20:57:29

I've already done it once and confused and worried seems like a sensible approach to me ...

fisil Tue 12-Jul-05 21:01:03

I was off work from 26 weeks so I watched a lot of them. I realised that they always had positive outcomes, so they weren't too scary. And I reckon they did help cos I definitely remembered bits in the delivery room which comforted me or helped me to know what to do.

Redhelen Tue 12-Jul-05 21:08:02

Thanks Morningpaper! I've done it once before too - but 5+ years ago!! Can't believe I'm doing it again - but can't wait to meet the little person!

paolosgirl Tue 12-Jul-05 21:28:55

No - but every pregnant woman does it! All the boring births are left on the editing room floor, so it's not very realistic. I know it's a cliche, but the end result really is worth it

ChaCha Tue 12-Jul-05 21:36:39

LOL @ Donbean!!!! That is just me!

jessicaandbumpsmummy Tue 12-Jul-05 21:38:01

I was addicted first time round.... and just took them as a pinch of salt.... i was scared a few times, dont get me wrong, but compared to the birth experience, it was rubbish!

Havent watched that many this time round, mainly because cbeebies is more entertaining for jess!

WideWebWitch Tue 12-Jul-05 23:18:37

hahahahahaha at kids' tv senora!

SenoraPostrophe Tue 12-Jul-05 23:23:19

actually I wish I had a copy of the video they showed us in our ante natal classes. It was in spanish, but it went something like this:

woman (looks lovingly at husband): darling, it's time

man: (hands to face) everything is prepared?

woman (goes to bedroom to get very neat little bag): yes.

both smile at each other and leave

scene: maternity hospital

man stands around looking like catalogue man while woman sighs as if having sex. she is sweaty. midwife hands baby to woman. all smile.

WideWebWitch Tue 12-Jul-05 23:24:07

if only...

SenoraPostrophe Tue 12-Jul-05 23:27:02

that was what it was like for me. was it not for you?

expatkat Tue 12-Jul-05 23:31:18

I loved those programs when i was pregnant. But there weren't so many back then (6 yrs ago, the first time), only "Special Babies" which was probably NOT a good one to watch b/c it was all about babies born with difficulties. . .But education, for me, makes things less scary, so I was drawn to the programs, and I think they helped me. And I loved that series with Kypros Nicolaides--the operations he did on fetuses still in the womb--when I was pregnant with my second. (Again: not an optimal choice.) But now that I'm not pregnant & have no plans to be in the near future, I find nothing more boring.

babyonboard Wed 13-Jul-05 08:02:22

yes i love them, and watch as many as I can..it is my first and I ould rather be fully prepared and know what I am letting myself in for.
seeing the women screaming doesn't phase me at all..we all know it's no walk in the park..
also one of my favourite websites has around 50 birth stories with graphic step by step photos, which I also appreciate seeing.
we are much luckier then women just a couple of decades ago who got no information on what to expect, and very little education.

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