What You Can Learn From Extreme Weight Loss Makeover
The show, “Extreme Weight Loss Makeover” fascinates me. You’re going to think I’m crazy linking it to labor and birth.
But, I’ve been able to pull some tactics, or concepts to think about when it comes to preparing for labor to birth your baby.
1. Pain. Exercise is painful! Athletes push their bodies to the limit to compete, physically and mentally. If you watched any of the Summer Olympics you saw for yourself how they push themselves.
In Extreme Weight Loss Makeover, the participants are pushed beyond what they think they can do. They discover how strong they really are. During labor you will be “pushed” physically and emotionally and you may discover just how strong you really are to birth your baby!
2. The “wall”. In the TV show you can see the participants hit an emotional wall that makes them want to give up their exercise program. Labor is the same, you’ll hit an emotional wall, thinking labor is too hard to continue and you’ll want to give up. Is this when the epidural is asked for? I don’t know, maybe.
3. This is my favorite. This saying by the trainer, Chris Powell:
“you have to be comfortable being uncomfortable”
During labor, you will be uncomfortable. But if you have a “mindset” that accepts this, being okay with uncomfortable temporarily, it can actually change your perception of how you experience labor. An experience that’s in your control or not.
Watch the video all the way through and you’ll hear Rachel complain about the pain while Chris talks her through it.
My philosophy is: labor is 30% physical and 70% emotional.
Be amazed at what you can really do.