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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Inducing Labor the Natural Way

If you have ever been told that pregnancy last 9 months, you have been lied to. Pregnancy last 10 months! There is a reason that that you not told about this last month, because you are miserable. The first 2 weeks of your last month may not be that bad, it’s the last 2 that get you. I am almost at 38 weeks and am getting a taste of things to come. 

I shouldn’t complain because so far my pregnancy has been great (with the exception of a few issues, but nothing terrible). Lately, I am extremely tired. I am tired because I wake up in the middle of the night with a foot kicking my ribcage. I fall back asleep and later wake up with a head on my bladder. I know what you are thinking…this is good it will prepare me for when the baby comes home, I say that’s crap, and I need sleep. On the bright side, I can still sleep in my bed on my side. I have heard of some women who start sleeping on the couch during their last month of pregnancy. I could continue with a list of complaints but where would that get me?

So what can you do about it? You do a Google search of, “how to go into labor early”. There are many suggestions of old wives tales, and here are some of my favorite. Take a hot bath and relax. The relaxing is supposed to help the baby get into position better. Meditate and visualize the birth of your baby. When I do this I end up scaring myself and am tenser than when I started. Another suggestion is to go for a walk. This makes sense because standing up and active movement put pressure on the cervix. I have been walking almost every day. Just don’t do like I have done and go for a walk without your cell phone. That wouldn’t be good for your water to break in some stranger’s yard and all you can do is yell for help. Everyone has heard this, have sex. Sex stimulates hormones and helps thin out the cervix. Unfortunately, for me my baby daddy is not around so the sex option is out of the question. Unless, I could make a phone call to….. I am totally kidding. This last one is my favorite, drink Castor oil. I don’t know how or why this is supposed to work but some women swear by it. I am going to steer clear of drinking it because it would be my luck that I would go into labor and the Castor oil would hit me when they put my feet up in the stirrups. Clean up in room 12!

If you have any suggestions or comments please let me know. I am not desperate…..yet!

1 comment:

Karla Doodlebug said...

He hehe, at least one of those methods worked for me with Caden but you probably do not want to talk about it in great detail! The truth is that most likely I was already pretty close but the activity kind of pushed things along, so to speak!!! I think you are on the right track with walking and staying active.