39 weeks along in this pregnancy journey. This week started out quite interesting too! I went to the doctor for the usual check-up. I had expressed concern about not feeling the baby move for the last day and a half. After Doc checked my dilation, she placed me on the monitors for 20 minutes to make sure all was well with baby. After the 20 minutes was up, which seemed to last 2 hours, the nurse came in and said, “Did you eat breakfast today?”. In my head, I’m thinking that was a trick question because, of course I ate breakfast. I wake up with a growling stomach every morning. But that’s the grumpy pregnant side of me. Of course, the nurse wouldn’t know that. “Yes”, I responded. “Hhhmmm, we’ve got to wake this baby up then”, she says. Wait. Now that feels a bit alarming coming after 20 minutes of monitoring. So the nurse sticks a taser looking tool onto my belly that made the sound of a household fire alarm. Then she says she’ll be back in a few to see if that does the trick, so nonchalantly. I was sweating bullets. Not feeling my baby move that whole time, I’m thinking, am I going to have to go to Labor and Delivery for an emergency? Is my baby okay? What’s going on? Why don’t these people reassure you with stuff like this? Anyway, baby was fine. Now, my doc wants to induce me on Sunday, two days before my due date. Which, I will respectfully decline if baby is still snuggled in there happy and healthy. Exciting news is that I am dilated to 2cm and having contractions! Things are in motion. Now if only a magic 8 ball could tell me if this uncomfortable-ness is going to last a few days or another week or two. That would be amazing! So now, with the news of progress, I’m officially in Let’s Get this Baby Moving!- mode. Meaning I’m going to be trying everything under the sun to keep these contractions progressing right into active labor.
To start, I picked up extra spicy Thai food on the way home, went for a walk with the dog, and sat on the exercise ball while I did homework. Still having contractions! Tomorrow, we’ll see what comes next in the list of things to try.
Strange/Crazy Ways Women Have Tried to Induce Labor:
Eating/ drinking certain foods:
- Pineapple, mango, papaya
- Eggplant (maybe I can convince the fiancé we need to go out for Eggplant Parmesan tomorrow)
- Spicy food (#4 Spicy Panang Curry- Check!)
- Drinking castor oil (because inducing diarrhea induces labor?)
- Raspberry leaf or primrose tea
- Climbing stairs
- Bouncing on exercise ball
- Bumpy Car Ride
- Glass of Wine
- Shot of Tequila (this was seriously on a few lists, which sounds awesome… post-pregnancy)
I may not make it through some of these on the list. As some sound down-right impossible right now, or a little too different for me. But it should be a fun week! See you tomorrow for the pineapple eating dance party I’ll be hosting in the living room.