Yes, I’m still here. 40 weeks, and no sign of baby yet. So, I decided to start experimenting with ways to bring on labour.. do any work?! Here’s my (not very scientific) findings from our “experiments”.
We enjoyed a nice curry, as hot as I could handle (which to be fair wasn’t *that* hot). The result, lots of reflux, and acid indigestion, consuming lots of gaviscon, and feeling a bit crap. Not so much as a braxton hicks, but baby did get hiccups?
2. Hot baths.
This one has been quite nice, I do love a hot bath instead of the tepid ones I’ve been having throughout pregnancy! The downside.. I feel awful when I get out – and a bit faint! Not to be recommended! Also my bump is so huge baby seems to not actually be in the bath anyway?!
3. Long Walks.
Walking definitely started my last labour with E, but so far this time has achieved nothing other than to make me ache between my legs…ouch.
4. Sexual relations..
My friend and I had a long conversation regarding this, we both agreed that the “science” part of this was one of the chemicals found in low doses in semen is one they use in the pessary for induction. However what we couldn’t agree on was the best way to get maximum benefit. Her belief was the best way was to take it erm.. orally! Where as I believed that it needed to come into contact with my cervix.. So a long and mildly giggly conversation ensued as to how I was going to try this. Now, ladies, I am looking something like a tanker (with an even more rubbish turning circle..), and the thought of any sort of relations other than hand holding is to be honest the last thing on my mind right now. So I suggested to Mr G that perhaps he ought just provide me with some of his finest produce and we would administer it with a turkey baster, or in the absence of one, we could always use a calpol syringe? He laughed at me. I can’t see why, I mean I think I was being perfectly reasonable? Apparently not, and it was either a roll about in the hay or forget it. Ladies, if you’re going to try this, try not to giggle (or in my case have mass hysterics) as you realise the logistical problems caused by your huge bump – it is like attempting intercourse from either side of a giant rock..
5. Raspberry Leaf tea
This tastes OK (if you add sugar and hold your nose..) and increased the intensity of my braxton hicks, but.. other than that.. was pretty much as useful as drinking a large glass of pineapple juice.. (that hasn’t worked either..)
6. Marching around with your knees as high as they’ll go.
This one.. my latest attempt at bringing on labour, actually feels like it is doing something – though it may be that it is just making my butt work for the first time in months.. Anyway, because it is making me feel like something is happening..and it is clearly amusing my neighbours as they giggle walking past.. I shall keep this one up.
7. The birthing ball.
This one is great for getting baby into a good position, and the biggest issue I have is fending the children off the ball – the youngest is convinced he is meant to knock me off said ball.. I do find I get the urge to bounce across the lounge on said birthing ball, probably not what I am supposed to do, but it’s keeping me entertained.
What next?! Any ideas?! In the mean time.. I’m still here..and still standing..