Originally Posted by weliveintheforest
Hi Crystal, sorry things slowed down again. I hope you don't have strep throat! Do you have oregano oil? I find that gargling it helps when it feels like I have strep throat.
I was up every five minutes peeing last night and every time I got up my uterus felt so hard but no real action. Every day I wake up so disappointed! It's harder than I ever could have thought to be at this stage.
Right there with you. I hope to God we both go soon for our sanity! It is really hard to be at this stage. This is my first experience with this since I allowed myself to be induced at 40+4 with my DS. It's an exercise in faith that my body does work. I'm really fighting off a lot of doubt. I don't have any oregano oil, but my throat's feeling better and based on how strep throat kicked in last time I had it, I'm sure that I don't have it. I'm just paranoid I guess because of course it would be horrible to get sick right before starting my birthing! It still feels a bit scratchy. I'm wondering if it's just the AC in the house. I've been keeping the thermostat pretty low so our AC is running constantly. Expensive as all get out, but I just can't handle the slightest bit of heat! So that could just be making my throat a bit raw and achy.
Originally Posted by Klynne
It's great you can let it all out. Keep ranting, I'm sure every one here can understand and it feels so good to have an outlet.
Can you call your mw and set up an apt before Monday? can you reach your cervix? I swear I was checking myself 3-5 times a day every day I was cramping/having light pressure waves. If you're dilated a sweep might be an easier first try than castor oil. I mentioned to my mw's yesterday that I was considering it and one of them said it's having stomach cramps and contractions at the same time. :}
So yesterday I had a sweep, rented a pump for nipple stimulation, circles on the birthing ball for 40 min. (20min clockwise, 20 min ccw) DTD and then.... baby came in 1hr and 48 minutes arriving at 2:24am! I was in shock that he was out so quickly!
I was hoping we might go right around the same time, for your sanity and mine! Hang in there, I'm rooting for you!!!
Wow - Congratulations! What a crazy quick birth! Well, I'm not going to worry about scheduling before Monday. I'm just going to kick it up a notch as far as actively trying to get this baby out. That's the thing - I haven't been as active in attempting to get baby out as some others have - I think largely because I was doing daycare full time and just didn't have the energy. Also, I admit that once I got midway this past week I kind of wanted to make it until Friday anyways so that I could get another full payday before maternity leave. Being officially on maternity leave I really do want this baby to come asap so that I can soak up as much baby time as possible before returning to work.
Well, I'm going to try the constant circles on the birth ball - doing that now actually as I type. It's kind of funny - it's a bit like trying to pat my head and rub my tummy at the same time. Every once in awhile I lose my rhythm/direction and have to correct myself! But overall I'm doing pretty good. I had to go by the health store and get some body soap. I picked up the castor oil, had it in my hand, turned the bottle over, thought really hard about it, and just couldn't do it. I will do it if it comes to that because well I'd rather deal with diarrhea and stomach cramps during early birthing than lose my home birth. But I'm a week away from that and I do believe that a lot can happen in a week's time. So, as I said, I'm doing circles. It will be time to reverse direction in another ten minutes or so and I'm already feeling crampy. Plus I'm eating pineapple. I'm not used to eating this much fresh pineapple at one time. It's making me feel a bit bleh, but hey, even if I puke it up, if it helps start birthing I'm cool with it!