Moose Crossing

Posted on July 23, 2007

Week 40

Baby’s Length: 18.0 to 23.0 in.

Baby’s Weight: 7.5 – 8 lbs.

Baby’s Size: Moose

Okay, so the baby isn’t actually the size of a moose… In fact, I’m the one who feels like the moose. Or maybe a hippo… Or perhaps a small elephant. Either way, this baby is not the only one who is gigantic.

My due date was yesterday… It came and went with barely any contractions to speak of. I had lots on Saturday though… Enough to make me dilate another 1/2 cm. I’m up to 4-5 cm dilated and 90-100% effaced. I mean for cripe sakes, I should be in active labor by now!

WARNING: TMI below!

Saturday, I tried relaxing and naturally inducing labor with sex, nipple stimulation, walking, and a homeopathic Labor Balm that my midwife gave me on Thursday. It has wonderful things in it like Black and Blue Cohosh and Primrose Oil. She said that it was very effective in causing contractions and if I used it, would hopefully go into labor by Sunday.

Well Sunday came and went with no baby. I decided to try other ways in induce labor… I went swimming for several hours, went for a long walk, a bumpy car ride, and had hot peppers on my sandwich for lunch. Then we went grocery shopping and that was a lot of walking too. All the while, keeping my belly lubricated with this special “Labor Balm”.

And here I am. Monday morning. The day after my due date. And I’m still pregnant.

I’m trying to decide how desperate I really am… I haven’t tried Castor Oil, enemas, or the unrecommended route of fasting and dehydration. None of those really sound like much fun. I’ve heard very conflicting reports on Castor Oil, but have had several women tell me it worked for them.

Then again, my friend brought on her labor by having sex. Seriously, who is that lucky? She went at 38 weeks too.

That’s just not fair.

My midwife said that I am too anxious and I need to relax. She even recommended that I have a half of a glass of wine. So Saturday night, I had a half of a glass of wine and then snuggled into bed with my hubby and chatted with him for over an hour. That always helps me relax.

Doesn’t bring on labor though.

I have another appointment with the other midwife today… (She’s not my favorite.) Hopefully she will be able to give me a little hope though. I am getting quite discouraged, really uncomfortable, and hugely frustrated.

Will let you know if she says anything useful… And if nothing else, I will be posting some more belly pics soon!

Pray for me!! I need to have this baby NOW!

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One Comment

  1. Momo says...

    I hope you have your little girl soon! I’m sorry it didn’t happen over the weekend (not for your lack of trying though!)

    My doctor was disappointed I hadn’t tried the castor oil…I, too, have heard conflicting reports about it. A lady here at my work said it worked for her. But, I just don’t know…My doctor gave me some recipes! I posted them on the blog if you decide to go that route (under “Initiation of labor”)






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