Last Thursday I put Emma to bed and got all ready to waddle about the house finishing chores and 'arting' it up. I felt fairly good so I bustled right on through her nap, when she woke up I strapped her in her high chair and gave her a snack. I sat with her for a moment and then heaved myself out of the chair I was greeted with a contraction so hard that I couldn't breathe and pain in lower pelvis that was so bad I had to hold onto something. I breathed through it and relaxed and started on my way only to have my body repeat that process over and over again. I gave up and sat down. When Scott came home and asked me what was wrong when I described what was happening I started crying.
He handed me his phone with his mother's phone highlighted I called her (she's a nurse midwife) and through the conversation was re-assured that it probably wasn't pre-term labor but I should call my midwife just in case.
So I called my midwife.
She told me to sit down, drink two large glasses of water, take a warm bath, and then lie down. If this didn't help within a few hours to call her back. I did exactly that. By the time I was through the glasses of water the contractions had slowed, and I felt a lot better,
“She told me to take a bath, so I guess I'd better,” I said to Scott.
“Sounds like good advice.”
So I took a bath, which completely abated the contractions, and then I went to bed. As I was soaking in the bath it occurred to me what good advice this was.
For almost any situation.
Having a ridiculous fight with your husband? Go sit down, drink two glasses of water, take a warm bath and then go lie down. By the time you're done with all this you will have better perspective, you'll be calmed down, and might be able to say,
“Honey I really appreciate it when you take the trash out,” and then just letting him do it instead of screaming at him when he doesn't do it.
Get a frustrating email? Go sit down, drink two glasses of water, take a warm bath, and then lie down. Half way through the bath you have calmed down, and by lying down you'll have formulated a good response.
Your child does something that makes you angry? Go sit down, drink two glasses of water, take a warm bath, and then lie down. Try being angry while in a bath, just try it, I dare you.
You have a headache? Go sit down, drink two glasses of water, take a warm bath, and then lie down. The water will re-hydrate you, the bath will relax your muscles, and lying down will relax you.
Try it, you just might feel better.