I also mentioned that I researched some natural ways to induce labor. I've started using Evening Primrose Oil (sounds like a horrible hipster band) which is supposed to help ripen the cervix and shorten labor. I also started taking Red Raspberry Leaf capsules which also help with labor. Other
Other (ridiculous) things we found on the interwebs...
- Blowing up balloons: the theory is that the build-up of abdominal pressure encourages labor to start.
- Watch a weepy film and have a good cry.
- Wear your best underwear (will ensure that your waters break in them).
We also had our weekly check-in this morning and ultrasound. I want to first say I love our midwife. I covered all the natural things we were doing and she was totally on board. I began to tell her that I realized that I felt the heart palpitations were probably tied to the anxiety I feel about labor. Not the physical pain, but that I don't trust my body. My body hasn't been besties with me for most of my life- infections, surgeries, weight struggs, etc.. And I'm fearful, despite the fact I've had a very smooth pregnancy, that it will betray me.
She immediately said that she wanted to help with that and said that if I haven't gone into labor at 39
weeks she will sweep my membranes to help kick things into gear. Stripping membranes, sometimes called membrane sweeping, is a method used to try to start labor. The health care provider puts their finger into the cervix -- the mouth of the uterus -- and uses the finger to gently separate the bag of water from the side of the uterus near the cervix. She mentioned that she was trying to think of anything with me that she could use as a reason to induce as the baby is ready (and so am I- my body is the final deciding factor of getting this party started), but everything has gone so well there's no excuse! I am at ease that she said this- for many reasons. And we KNOW BGC knows her internally decided eviction notice is November 2. But should that date pass we are counting down to 39 when she can swiffer the crap out of me. #ew
During another successful BPP (Biophysical Profile) they were able to get a little shot of the side of BGC's face!