I really just can't help but
at this one.
Yes yes yes, an antelope doesn't go into labor in front of a lion, but c'mon! Most of us don't work jobs that produce as much stress as that! Sure, severe, extreme stress can inhibit labor, but:
1. It won't stave off labor forever
2. Again, most of us don't work jobs that are severely stressful (or, even if there is a degree of stress, such as with air-traffic controllers, we are accustomed to it & may even enjoy it & thrive off it.)I think too often we attribute way too much power to our minds to control labor (same goes with amount of pain in labor.)
Yes, it has an impact, but not complete control,
just some impact.
Besides, isn't labor most likely to start at night anyway? Most people aren't working more than 8-10 hours per day - so that's another 14 hours we aren't at work.
So WOH preventing you from going into labor? Uh, ridiculous!
One of my co-workers had her membranes stripped & then had ctrx as she was sitting at her desk! Her colleagues were urging her to go home while she was laboring! LOL
Personally though I stopped working the day after my due date, but only because I was clueless & had TOLD people my exact due date! When I showed up in the office that day, you would have thought I came to work after having both my arms ripped off!!! They were all THAT SHOCKED. & The comments,
"No baby yet?!"
"No, I gave birth 3 hours ago, left him in the car." WTF?
I was terrified of being induced, & frustrated by the fact that I wasn't yet even having any BH ctrx! I was worried that my uterus didn't even work!
So I couldn't stand the stress of those comments. (Didn't go to the gym where I taught aerobics for the same reason.)
But even though I stopped working at 40W 1D, I STILL didn't have any ctrx until after having my membranes stripped at 41W 4D!!!!!!!!!