My due date, September 7, has come and gone. We’re still waiting for Baby George’s arrival. It’s normal for first time mums to be a week late.
I haven’t been going out very much to get lots of rest. I take a nap everyday to make sure I’m well rested in case I go into labor.
My boobs started getting sore on September 9. I guess my breasts are getting ready for breastfeeding. Kat said my milk may be coming in.
I looked up natural ways to induce labor. This website lists 40 different ways. Walking is one of them, so we always get in our nightly walk. I do notice tightening when we walk and sometimes it feels like cramps.
Ivan bought a pineapple since eating pineapple is another natural induction method. Fresh pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain that is supposed to work like a prostaglandin, ripening and softening the cervix.
In the middle of the night, usually around 3 am, I wake up to go to the bathroom. Some nights I’m so thirsty and I go downstairs. I get a glass of sparkling water and eat something like an egg or banana bread. I practice my breathing and then go to the toilet and go back to bed.
I saw my midwife Kat on September 10, 2014 for my prenatal visit. She said George is starting to engage (drop). She recommended taking Replenish which contains black and blue cohosh. She said to take 3 capsules and then rest for 45 minutes to an hour. Use the breast pump for 45 minutes for nipple stimulation (another natural induction method). Then, she suggests trying to take a walk and then have a meal. She wants me to take the capsules 3 times a day.
If I still hadn’t gone into labor by our next visit which would be 2 days after being 41 weeks pregnant, she would strip my membranes which separates the uterus wall and the amniotic sac. It’s best to soften the cervix with the Replenish pills before stripping membranes.
Ivan bought the Replenish pills for me at Herbally Grounded.
On September 11, 2014, I saw my doula Shannondoah for my weekly hypnomassage. She did acupressure focusing on pressure points during the massage. This is another natural way to induce labor.
We practiced breathing with breathing in for a 5 count and then breathing out like blowing bubbles for a 5 count. She said this can be used when I go into early labor. It’s similar to the Lamaze breathing technique I learned.
At the end of the massage, she showed Ivan how to do 3 pressure points on my foot and one on my shoulder. She showed me how to do two on my wrist. She said that once the acupressure is done and regularly done a few hours a day, labor usually starts 24-72 hours after if the baby is ready to come out.
I started taking the Replenish pills and they make me so very sleepy. I started pumping with the breast pump for 45 minutes. My breast pump is called Purely Yours by Ameda.
Kat said it’s a good breast pump. I feel like a cow when I do it. It’s loud and beeps every few seconds. I wish there was volume control on it, but there’s not. Kat said that I might get some colostrum coming out, but no milk has come out when I’ve pumped so far. My nipples feel sore after pumping for so long.
I felt like I couldn’t breathe when I was pumping.
I have noticed that my stomach gets tighter more often now after two days of eating pineapple.
I’ve been doing exercises and bouncing on the exercise ball. Bouncing on an exercise ball while spreading your legs is another natural way to induce labor.
I’ve been doing so many natural induction methods, but Baby George still doesn’t want to come out yet!
On Friday the 12th, well actually Saturday morning, I was lying in bed and felt a heaviness on my chest like something really heavy was on me. Before bed, I felt the heaviness again, but it seemed to travel from one side of my chest to the other. I think the Replenish pills are effecting me. I will text my midwife Kat about it when I wake up.
I texted Kat and told her about my trouble breathing and the heaviness in my chest. I let her know that I had taken two full day of pills. She thinks that my body is sensitive to the Replenish pills and that I should stop taking them immediately. She said I should drink plenty of fluids. We would try another natural induction method.
I’m now 40.6 weeks pregnant and I’m feeling great. Most of my maternity clothes don’t fit. I haven’t been bothered to buy anymore clothes since I’ll soon give birth. I still wear the shirts that don’t cover my whole belly, only a little of the belly shows. Hopefully, nobody notices my stretch marks on my belly.