Belly – Week 37

I just had Dan take a picture of my belly JUST in case I don’t get another chance…

I have been having regular contractions since about 1:00pm but I haven’t decided whether it’s real labor or not… The contractions started about 15 minutes apart and were about 60 seconds long. Now they are about 13 minutes apart and about 60 seconds long… so I don’t know. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this is it, but I don’t want to get my hopes up…

Things to Avoid Saying to a Very Pregnant Woman

Just found this on someone’s blog:

Things to Avoid Saying to a Very Pregnant Woman

1. Are you still pregnant? Umm. Yes. And thanks for the reminder. Of course, if the answer is no, but I still LOOK pregnant, well, is that really a conversational corner you want to back yourself into?

2. You’re huge. What is it about pregnancy that seems to eliminate personal conversational boundaries? If you don’t want me to say any variation on “You’re fat,” don’t say it to me.

3. Hey, Mom. I am not your mother. I am more than my ability to gestate. In fact, I have an identity and a name that I have been using quite happily for over 30 years. How about referring to me by that.

4. Is it twins? This is basically a variation on “You’re huge” and you might be amazed how many total strangers feel free to ask it. It’s not so bad if the answer is “Yes,” but if the answer is “No,” look out.

5. How did you conceive twins? We did it twice in one night.

6. Do twins run in your family? Why not just come out and ask whether we used drugs? Do you share your medical information with everybody? Then don’t ask me to share mine.

7. What’s the gender(s)? This one comes up a lot in grocery stores for some reason. Do I know you? Why are you asking me questions about my life at all? Just bag the groceries. Of course, if I say “One of each” that inevitably brings on “Do twins run in your family” so I try to avoid answering. Note, if someone does answer “one of each,” don’t then ask: “Are they identical or fraternal?” because it makes you look like a moron.

8. Are you planning a natural birth? No, I was going for one of those artificial births.

9. Are you planning to breastfeed? Planning on asking for a taste?

10. Do NOT immitate the waddle. A woman at work did this and remains lucky to this day that I am not very fast any more.

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Naturally Inducing Labor

After much research, I compiled a list of the most natural ways to induce labor just in case anyone else wants to know!

1. Enemas: this causes the bowels to contract and could cause the uterus to contract, which will open and efface the cervix.

2. Exercise: Walking, swinging in a swing and general exercise contracts the uterus.

3. Fasting and Dehydration: If pre-term labor occurs, a big percentage of the time, dehydration is the cause. This is a dangerous mode of induction and should be used with the utmost in caution.

4. Herbs: Black and Blue cohosh, borage oil, castor oil, evening primrose oil, goldenseal, mugwort, and yarrow are uterine stimulants. Evening primrose oil placed directly on the cervix will aid in dilation and effacement.

5. Intercourse: Having sex helps to induce labor because semen contains prostaglandins which helps to dilate and efface the cervix. Orgasm also causes the uterus to contract.

6. Nipple Stimulation: This causes the uterus to contract much the same way an IV Pitocin drip would. Stimulating the nipples causes the release of oxytocin which contracts the uterus. This can be done by someone sucking on the nipple much the way a baby would while nursing or by placing the nipple between the thumb and forefinger and “rolling” it for 10 to 20 minutes at a time every couple of hours.

7. Spicy food: Some people swear that it was that extra-hot enchilada from their favorite Mexican restaurant that brought them face to face with their new baby. Unfortunately, the statistics are out on this one. You could try it, but if you have a full stomach when you are in labor, you might vomit and see that enchilada again–in less-than-appetizing circumstances. Pineapple, cumin tea, and eggplant parmesan – are other methods you can try.

8. Acupuncture and Reflexology: Some acupuncture and reflexology points bring on overdue labour. It’s difficult to write about where they are but any acupuncturist or reflexologist would know. It is actually best to tailor the treatment to the individual patient.

9. Meditation: In private meditation or with someone helping you do guided visualization, go deep within and listen, asking your baby why s/he has not yet decided to go through the birth process. It is the baby who initiates labor. Unlimited answers are possible and might include: fear of the birth process (yours or the baby’s); aversion to one or more participants or location planned for the birth; or your feelings of lack of readiness for parenthood. (It may seem as if the answer is coming from your imagination, but your imagination is an important part of your mind.) Then listen for any possible solutions that may be offered.

10. Accupressure: Accupressure may be helpful in inducing labor. Some pressure points you can try are the roof of your mouth, the webbing of your fingers between your pointer finger and thumb, and above the ankle about four fingerspaces above is a pressure point.

11. Stripping the membranes: This can only be done by a health care provider. Your doctor or midwife will seperate the bag of waters from your cervix and this is thought to help encourage labor to start.

12. Raspberry Leaf Tea: Raspberry leaf tea is not actually known for it’s labor inducing properties, but it is believed to be helpful in toning the uterus and helping with labor.

13. Cinnamon stick tea: Take cinnamon sticks and boil them into a tea and drink. It actually tastes good so even if it doesn’t bring on labor it may help you to relax.

14. Evening primrose oil: Evening primrose oil comes in small capsules similar to vitamin E. It is believed to help soften and ripen the cervix.

15. Glass of wine: although there is no evidence that wine stimulates contractions, it can help an anxious mom relax. Bear in mind that any alcohol affects your baby and can be dehydrating. Be sure to take only one glass with dinner and check with your provider before considering this way to start labor.

Basketball is “Ok”

Week 37

Baby’s Length: 14 to 21 in.

Baby’s Weight: 6.5 lbs.

Baby’s Size: Basketball

“This is my sister Sarah… and no, she’s not smuggling a basketball under her shirt!” is how my brother has been introducing me to his friends lately. How flattering, eh? lol

It’s a little hard to believe that I’m already 37 weeks along… Then on the other hand I keep saying, “When will this be OVER?!?!” I am so tired of being pregnant. It has lost all of it’s novelty. Did I mention that last week? I just can’t stand being this uncomfortable any longer. I have a real big problem with not being able to escape my own misery…

If God were a woman, things wouldn’t be like this, I’m sure!!!!!!!!

Friday night, I thought I went into labor, but when the contractions didn’t get closer together, I just went to bed. When I woke up, they were gone. I was a little disappointed.

According to my midwife, (AND ME!) I am going to go very soon… It’s just taking too long to get there! I’m taking long walks every day, having tons of sex, eating spicy food, and going for bumpy car rides. What more can I do to get this child to come out?!

One of the midwife’s in training said to me last week, “Oh it’s great to go the full 40 weeks with the baby because then they have all the little fat rolls on their legs and arms and they are so much cuter!”

Say what? Is she kidding me?

Now if she had said something about the last few weeks being important for lung function or this immune system, or something important I would be ok with that. But FAT ROLLS?! She wants me to be uncomfortable and miserable for 3 more weeks for FAT ROLLS??!!??!! I think not.

At the risk of sounding like an inexperienced newbie, I must express that I can’t tolerate being pregnant any longer and I will do just about anything to pop this baby out of me this week!!!

Any suggestions on how to accomplish that???

Tennis Is Fun

Week 36

Baby’s Length: 13.5 to 20.5 in.

Baby’s Weight: 6 lbs.

Baby’s Size: Tennis Racket

At my 35 week checkup with my midwife, she informed me that I am going to go into labor within the next two weeks. She’s also said that the baby is right on track and growing great. She was a little small 2 weeks ago, but grew dramatically in the past week or so. I have to go see my midwife once a week until I give birth now. Hopefully that will be soon! I’m still hoping for July 7th… (7/7/2007)

My baby shower was on Saturday and it went fantastic! I got almost everything off of my baby registries and then some. And thankfully, most of it I like too!

Dan took a hundred pictures so I’ll show you a few…

There were almost 40 people at my baby shower. There were so many people there, that I hadn’t seen in years. It was almost like a reunion! I was so happy that so many people were able to come.

My mom went all out with the decorations. Of course it was a “Winnie The Pooh” themed shower… she also accented with sunflowers. To the right is a picture of the beautiful diaper cake she made.

There was so much FOOD! Jalapeño pinwheels, fruit & pineapple dip tray, cheese, olives, grapes, pickles, & cracker platter, cucumber tea sandwiches, spinach dip with bread, hamburger dip with tortilla chips, veggie platters, and so much more… And you wouldn’t believe all the deserts! I made sunflower cupcakes, and mom made a Classic Pooh cake. We also had apple spice cake, strawberry shortcake, brownies, chocolate cookies, chocolate fondue and fresh strawberries, and more.

My grandmother bought me a beautiful dress and matching shoes to wear for the occasion. Dan didn’t get any good pictures of me though…

Here’s a list of what I got off my registry:

Baby Papasan Infant Seat

Long Distance Monitor

Tummy Play Pad

Inclined to Sleep – Sleep Positioner

Umbrella Stroller – Khaki

Safer Bather

Safe Lift Deluxe Crib Wedge

Shopping Cart Cover – Toile

Winnie the Pooh Nursery Projector

Play Yard – 3 Little Bears

Classic Pooh Fleece Blanket – Sage

Classic Pooh Lamp with Shade

Classic Pooh Night-Light with Cover

I also got a ton of clothes. I actually liked most of them. Some were really ugly though! Luckily, most people included a receipt in their card, so that makes me life a little easier.

I have a bunch of Thank You cards to fill out tomorrow, plus I have a chiropractic appointment today.

I thought that having my mom do the baby shower would be a disaster, but she actually did an amazing job and had no problem letting me have things my way. I was afraid she was just going to totally take over the whole operation and not let me have a say, but she’s actually a lot less controlling then she used to be… Maybe I’m just seeing things from a different perspective now…

So I had a fantastic time and everything was beautiful. I am so thankful for everything and I’m really relieved that I have everything I need now. All I have left to do is sit back and wait for my water to break…

That’s the hardest part!

Dan is in LA for the next 3 days and he told me I have to sit in bed till he gets back. He’s so nervous that I am going to go into labor while he is away. It would take him at least 5 hours to get back, if not more. So he’s freaking out a little bit… Poor guy. I told him I had no control over it, but that I would “try my hardest” not go into labor while he’s gone. After he comes back from this trip, he doesn’t have to fly again until August. Thank God!

I still have to put all these baby shower gifts away somewhere… I ought to go do that.