Join Date: Aug 2005
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Yup. I agree with pretty much everything that's been said. I'd focus more on getting your body ready to go into labor. Until your baby releases the hormones that kick starts your labor, nothing you do, not even pitocin, will really work. On that note, the suggestions of walking, sex (lots of sex!), evening primrose oil orally, and red raspberry leaf tea are all great ones. Too, I'd be sure that your baby is in a good position, so go get yourself a birthing ball and only sit on that (like instead of a chair at the table or the couch in front of the tv). This will hopefully help your baby to settle into your pelvis at an angle that is helpful to the labor process. Get yourself a prenatal yoga video and GENTLY practice for a session everyday(assuming that you've had a normal healthy pregnancy to this point). This helps to gently get some of the muscles you'll be using for labor and birth prepared for the hard work ahead.
Now, if you're at 42 weeks and facing hospital induction (which is a different much more difficult and dangerous for baby ball game), there are other things you can try...but not yet, not till baby's had a little more time to cook!
I'd suggest (as I suggest to my clients) that you go and take some very special time with your partner and/or for yourself. Get a manicure/pedicure...if you can't afford to have it done professionally, have your best friend or your husband do it! Take a bubble bath or a long hot (as hot as is safe...)shower every night. Have quiet candlelit dinners together. Do something special for yourself and as a couple EVERY DAY from now until the baby is born. THIS PART IS IMPORTANT, as it's the last time IN YOUR LIFE that you won't be responsible for the health, welfare, and at least for quite some time, the happiness, of another human being. Having a newborn is such a crazy, intense, tiring time. Please relax now, while you can. Your life is about to change forever in a way that you won't understand until you get there. Relish this point in your life, as you'll never find it again! Have fun, and good luck. Happy baby cooking!
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