As a mom, partner, and yoga teacher, I consider myself somewhat of a professional cheerleader. Everyday I give other people all sorts of pep talks to help get them through hard times, encouraging them to stay positive no matter what happens. I have a tendency to neglect myself in this regard, though. So when faced with the prospect of labor and delivery, and all of the things that could go wrong, I seriously needed a pep talk. Honestly, there are reasons every mom should do a pre-labor pep talk.
Even the most self-aware, experienced, "been there, done that" mom-to-be can use some pre-labor encouragement. Let's face it, there's a reason labor is called labor. It's freaking hard. You can do it, though, and even if you feel like you can't, there's no turning back now.
For me, labor didn't go as planned and was different than I expected it to be with each one of my pregnancies. In the end, though, and with some support, love, encouragement, (not to mention some fantastic pain medication), I was able to make it through. Yes, even when I had to throw my birth plan out the window. Each time someone different said all of the right things to help me mentally prepare for the challenge. As a result of their support, I actually found that I was better able to be my own advocate and cheerleader in the process.
For that reason, and so many others, I think every mom to be needs a pre-labor pep talk. Here are just a few, in case, you know, you need a little encouragement before you ump on the pre-labor pep talk train: