I mentioned in my last post how getting medically induced is pretty much the last thing I want to happen. Still is. And as my due date gets closer and closer (5 days and counting!), the more and more anxious I get about the possibility of that happening. So over the past few days, I’ve been trying to do all that I can to avoid it! And from what I’ve read, it can’t hurt to try! (source)
- Move! After days (& days) of telling myself I was going to do it, I finally made my way out to the park for a walk this morning. It helped that yesterday’s stormy weather washed away all the humidity, making for a picture perfect morning. I made 3 x 1-mile laps around while rocking out to The Best Worst Songs playlist on Spotify. Took me about an hour (with a little swing break in between). While I was walking, I actually felt what I think were contractions (!!). Though they very well could’ve been side stitches, they sure felt real. The belly was hard and uncomfortable and kind of caught my breath. Since then, I’ve been feeling a lot more pressure “down there” so I’m definitely thinking it was a productive morning! Other moving activities I plan on trying include dancing. Shake it, shake it, baby!
- Exercise ball. Instead of sitting on the couch during my lazy moments, I’ve pulled out our big rubber ball from the basement (tee-hee). Supposedly doing a little rocking and hip swaying is effective in limbering things up for labor.
- Pineapple. Had the husband pick some up at the grocery store last night! Apparently tropical fruits have some enzyme which is thought to soften the cervix, stimulate contractions, and shorten labor (wahoo!). It also helps that I happen to LOVE pineapple. Just hope that the subsequent heartburn from all the acidity isn’t TOO bad.
- Spicy foods. Some people swear by it, and since I love it, it’s been put on my natural induction to-do list. Hopefully the GERD cooperates (see above).
- Raspberry leaf tea. Haven’t found or tried this yet, but it’s supposed to tone the cervix and strengthen the pelvic region with it’s plethora of vitamins and minerals. It’s also helpful for breastmilk production. Might take a trip to the grocery store later and see what I can find! The iced tea variety sounds delightful.
- Accupressure. Certain pressure points are thought to induce labor. Here’s a PDF I found that breaks down the different techniques (link). Haven’t tried this stuff yet, but sounds like it’s worth a try!
- Boom boom. ‘Nuff said 😉
- Misc: primrose oil, castor oil, induction massage. All thought to be effective!
Clearly plenty of things to try! I think as long as I keep myself occupied, things will fall into place. Literally, I hope 🙂 I’ve certainly been getting lots of “thinking of you” messages/ texts/ emails. Thank you by the way! Please keep the good vibes coming, and hopefully we will all get to meet Baby Cook sooner than later!! Eeee!