My doctors claim my body likes to hold on to babies until the very end. At my appointment last week my doctor offered to induce me on the date of my choice, and while that is tempting and makes sense since I have two other kids to plan care for, it is so boring. I want a better story. I want to wake up in the middle of the night with gut wrenching contractions screaming to my husband, “It’s time! Call your parents to come over! Let’s go!”… or I want to be walking down the aisle of Home Depot searching for a birthday gift for my husband when my water suddenly breaks (yes, this thought did cross my mind when I was there the other day)…or I want to call my husband out of a really important meeting at work because my contractions are getting closer and closer. And although I will complain until one of these things happens, I do not want to be induced. I want that good story.
I delivered both of my kids at exactly 40 weeks and 6 days… both boys… both in April….do we see a pattern forming here? That means I was 6 painful days late both times. The chances of this happening again with another boy due in April = highly likely. In case you are wondering, this is what 40 weeks and 6 days looks like:
Yes, I am half the size of an old oak tree. Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond grateful to have relatively easy, normal, full-term pregnancies. I am thankful for this and my healthy boys every.single.day. Going past your due date, however, is no party. And believe me, I have tried it all when it comes to inducing labor on my own. If nothing else, it helps to pass the time when all you can think about is that first contraction. Here are some of my favorite methods of self-induction and I will start checking these items off my to-do list starting…. well, probably starting today:
1. Mac and cheese with hot pepper flakes
2. Raspberry Leaf Tea
3. Walking, walking, and more walking
4. Going on a bumpy hayride
5. Foot massages
7. Spicy Mexican food
8. Gravity, with the help of one of my favorite chubby babies.
9. Going to the doctor teary eyed, begging them to strip the membranes
10. Talking to the baby in utero and trying to lure him out
And I know you are all thinking it so I’ll mention it anyway…. the old wives tale that the only way you can get the baby out is to do the same thing that got the baby in there in the first place….I plead the 5th!
And the verdict… none of them work! The baby will come when the baby is ready I know from experience that you most certainly CANNOT be pregnant forever. And so, we will wait…we will impatiently wait.