16 November 2011

Feeling Impatient

Everyone tells you how difficult and miserable the last weeks of pregnancy are and I'm starting to see their angle. I don't know why but I woke up today feeling so impatient and ready.I don't necessarily want her to come early, I know I still have things to do and I'd like to work as long as possible, but I have such a strong feeling she will be overdue. This thought is driving me nuts. I've already taken off six weeks from work starting on the 30th and want to spend as much time with her as possible before heading back. Ideally I would love for her to come on her actual due date (the 30th) but know that probably won't be the case. Anyway, my doctor suggested taking something called evening primrose oil to help soften the cervix. This is a slow process though and it's not proven to work but they think it does. I've read up on some other ways to naturally help speed things up but, again, nothing is guaranteed. The most common methods I hear are walking, sex, nipple stimulation and spicy foods. Pretty kinky. Has anyone done/heard of anything that actually worked for them or a friend? I know either way there isn't much time left but I'd really like to encourage this labor thing.

16 Thoughts :

Playoutsidegal November 16, 2011 at 6:55 PM  

My oldest came 10 days early and my youngest was 9 days early. Both times, I wanted to evict them a month early, and researched natural induction methods but most weren't safe or effective. Sex supposedly helps if you have a LOT (the semen contains prostaglandins that help ripen the cervix) but I didn't find it that fun at the end so we didn't go that route. Nipple stimulation helps strengthen contractions so I guess would help speed up labor but not actually help bring it on. I read a lot about the dangers or bringing baby into the world early, so as much as it sucks to tell you this, it's best to just let baby come when she wants to. I hope for your sake she isn't overdue though! Until then, sleep as much as you can, and enjoy having free time! : ) I'm glad I did lots of outings with friends before baby came because things were quite chaotic the first few weeks. Not long now!!!

Kristin November 16, 2011 at 6:58 PM  

I know what you mean it is such and awkward time when everyone is telling you to relax but you are so anxious and uncomfortable.
I tried a lot of the labor inducing tricks like spicy food, walking, watermelon, raspberry leaf tea, etc. but unfortunately none of them worked for me and Leah was one week late...

Caiti November 16, 2011 at 7:35 PM  

I can only imagine how ready you are. But, at the very least, you could tell yourself that she could come any time now. That's exciting!

Shannon November 16, 2011 at 7:57 PM  

GO KINKY!! lol :)

Shannon November 16, 2011 at 9:05 PM  

I used evening primrose oil, sex, walking and spicy foods and I was induced at 41 weeks. I'm sure it works for some, but I'm not convinced. I think she comes when she wants to come. :)

Good luck!!

Megan November 16, 2011 at 9:09 PM  

Hmm. Nipple stimulation. My sister in law told me to try it so I did...for about 30 minutes before bed. I had some contractions, then in the middle of the night I woke up in the WORSE pain EVER. I told my husband we would be going to the hospital that night. I was in so much pain I got sick. But that was it. I had contractions every 5 minutes for about an hour then it stopped.

My friend did evening primrose for 3 nights, then had her baby. So, maybe it did help?

With my 2nd, I walked on a Sunday at the park. Then Wednesday had sex and I went to the hospital on Thursday and she came a little after midnight. I was 37 weeks. So, maybe it worked or maybe she would've came anyway.

This time I was just so miserable and having contractions for 5+ weeks that when I finally started dilating, at 37 weeks I was induced.

I can't wait for her arrival and to see pictures of your precious girl.

Marjorie November 16, 2011 at 9:09 PM  

Yep, sex worked with all three kids for me! :0 Literally I went into labor within hours of doing it. Also getting internal exams although slightly painful tend to "stir the pot."

I went 10 days overdue with my first. 4 weeks early with my second and right on time with my third. Going early was the worst. Going overdue was actually fun. So many people called to check up on me, hang out and I had extra time to get ready. We went out to dinner, slept in and did a lot of "last time before we have a baby" activities. Life will NEVER, ever be the same after she's here (in a good way), but still take advantage of the time and try not to stress. Even now when we go out without the kids which isn't often, we still end up thinking/worrying about them the whole time.

brit November 16, 2011 at 9:11 PM  

supposedly castor oil works. but gross!

Unknown November 16, 2011 at 9:23 PM  

I totally just laughed out loud at your pretty kinky comment. I say go kinky too. I mean, spicy food, sex ... sounds good to me!

Jilean November 16, 2011 at 11:26 PM  

go get a pedicure.. tell them to focus the massage on your ankles! there are pressure points that can help stimulate labor. And even if it doesn't jump start labor, at least your toes will look nice when she does decide to come :)

Megan November 17, 2011 at 12:51 PM  

wow verry great blod :)

MOMMY TALK WITH STEPH November 17, 2011 at 1:53 PM  

Sorry love. You can do it! Have sex! :) Worked to get my little guy here three weeks early. :)

LOVE MELISSA:) November 17, 2011 at 3:20 PM  

Oh mama! You are almost there. So excited for you!

marie November 18, 2011 at 8:42 AM  

I have no advice on that, I did nothing. I agree with Naked Mommy that it's best that they come when they're ready.

I was always so busy, go, go, go, that towards the end I was happy sitting on the couch all day watching Oprah.

Jenny Eisen November 18, 2011 at 3:54 PM  

As miserable as it is at the end of pregnancy attempting methods to induce yourself at home when baby isn't ready to come isn't a great idea. Trust me. I've done a lot of c-sections since starting nursing. Until you are 41 weeks (which is when we would induce) I wouldn't recommend anything but sex, which is completely natural and can help soften your cervix. Stay away from castor oil, its nasty. And nipple stimulation will cause you painful contractions with no cervical dilation resulting from it. Spicy food is fine but it will probably just give you heartburn and not result in anything productive.

Hang in there momma. You can do it!

Unknown November 19, 2011 at 1:31 PM  

I was also impatient but I think nature has it's own timing - she will come when she is ready! I unfortunately never got to experience natural birth but had great birth experiences anyway - none of the so called natural stimulations worked for me!:)