Bring it On

Tim is just so sure that tomorrow is Foxy’s arrival date that he’s posting it on Facebook.  Me?  I’m not so sure.  I don’t feel any “stirrings in my loins” as my mother so eloquently put it.  Still, I can think of nothing else.  Every move I make makes me think “what if my water broke right now”?  On the elevator at work, driving on the freeway at 500pm or going to the bathroom at 4 in the morning. 

A watched pot never boils, so I really need to focus my mind elsewhere.

I see lots of women doing crazy things to bring on labor.  I would never do anything to harm my child.  For instance, some women try drinking castor oil to induce labor.  Hell, my own mother admitted to trying something so trifling back in 1974.  She said it did nothing but make her sick and the thought of it still makes her gag to this day.

Yeah, I would never do something that I know is going to give me the runs.  Just…ewww.  That’s not to say I wouldn’t be willing to do a couple of things to get my body ready. 

Walking– everyone tells me I need to be walking.  It’s not that I am opposed to walking.  I actually love walking.  Especially if I can jam to music whilst doing it.  But walking pretty much takes my breath away.  Every day when I get to my desk I am breathing like I just finished a light jog.

Secksy Time– I can GUARANTEE that Tim won’t object to this method.  And I really would love to knock boots every other day if it weren’t for this giant watermelon under my skin.  Still, I’m willing to give it a try so, Timothy, feel free to bring the candles and hot oil over tonight.  We might be able to do a little sumthin sumthin.

Red Rasberry Tea– I’ve heard that this tea doesn’t actually cause labor but just helps prepare your body.  Sounds harmless enough, so I guess I wouldn’t be opposed to a little cervix-softening tea.  Then again it’s hot as hell outside.  I don’t really see myself drinking a hot liquid.

In the end, I don’t want Foxy to come a minute before she is ready.  She’s already established that she is the boss of me so I guess her arrival will be no different.  Walks and nookie are good for me regardless, so it won’t hurt to participate in those activities.

Did you do anything to bring on labor or speed up the process when you were pregnant?  Are there any other methods that you are familiar with?

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23 Responses to Bring it On

  1. amyg says:

    I have heard walking and Chinese food work if you do them together 🙂 With Ben, I got really tired and felt sick to my stomach right before my water broke…I also lost the mucous plug minutes before it broke…With Mia, my water didnt break until I was already at the hospital. I Started contracting on a Sunday morning and they lasted all day, through a walmart trip etc. went in to the hospital around 9 that night and I was only dilated to 2. The nurse told me that my contractions were not that impressive. I seriously almost punched her out. She wanted to send me home but the doc wanted me to stay – good thing because I went from 4 to 10 in less than an hour.

  2. AR Gal says:

    I don’t know if it works or not but I’ve heard of people eating spicy foods. Or you could do like one of the girls on ’16 & Pregnant’ did and go ride over some speed bumps.

    I say try knockin’ boots. That way Tim can get one (or several) good ones in to tide him over until the after birth waiting period of 6-8 weeks. 🙂

  3. keyalus says:

    There is supposed to be some kind of famous induction salad at Scalini’s!

    I think all of that stuff is so silly. Did the baby come because it was time anyway or because you ate a banana while walking backwards?

    Since I was doing HypnoBabies for pain control, I listened to a “Come Out Baby” track that is supposed to tell your body/mind/baby that it is time to get going. I started contracting the next afternoon. Probably absolute coincidence. The only reason I tried anything at all was that they were going to induce me that Tuesday and I really didn’t want that.

  4. pserendipity says:

    So……you’re gonna stop taking calls at what time tonight?

    I walked a lot, but I don’t know if that helped or not. When I got to the hospital at 1 centimeter, they were going to send me home. My mom made me walk for an hour, and when I got back I was at 4. I’m sure the walking helped with that!

  5. kimmy says:

    When I arrived at the hospital, I was only 3 or 4 centimeters dialated. I was determined not to have a c-section. (Not that there is anything wrong with it but the thought of surgery just terrified me!) My dr suggested that I walk around the halls and do some squats. It worked. I shot up to 7-8 centimeters and ended up having a vaginal delivery.

  6. Ms. Smart says:

    Humph! When I saw this title pop up on Google Reader, I was sure it was you (or Tim) letting the audience know your water broke. Someone told me eggplant Parmesan would do the trick.

  7. onefromphilly says:

    I almost worked up until “labor day”. I only stopped working when I did because the Managing Director ordered all City personnel to stop taking the City cars home at night. HA…I still kept driving home until my Chief said somebody snitched on me. I turned my keys in on Friday, thought that I was going to have a week off, and went into labor on Tuesday morning!

    I do think that walking helps move the baby along.

  8. CaliSlim says:

    I’ll prob be a lot like you…want the kid to come on his/her own. You haven’t even hit your due/induction date yet. I was 10 days late. (I must have wanted that safe window between Thanksgiving and Christmas 😆 )

    I know you’re ready tho, so if Foxy is feeling gracious, come on baby!

  9. Jack says:

    this might be off subject but you need to hold out until June 2nd so I can win the baby pool!! Thank you!

  10. mick says:

    Two words – Eggplant Parmesan.

    I have two friends that used it. Baby came that night. 🙂

    Good luck!

  11. Nerd Girl says:

    Hmmm. The doc broke my bag of waters – maybe yours will require the same? I didn’t do anything to bring labor on. So basically I’m just chiming in to say good luck! Bring on little Foxy!!!

  12. Deljah says:

    I didn’t do anything to bring on labor. I’ve heard of nipple stimulation being effective.

    • Tiombe25 says:

      Yes i heard that nipple stimulation works ( actually tried it with my second child and had her the next day.. on my due date) I also heard eating Papaya works well too. GOOD LUCK!!!! Well wishes for a fast and easy labor!!

  13. heartdrops says:

    I’m gone for two weeks with no access to the ‘net but wanted to wish you a safe delivery. thanks for sharing your journey with us! I pray this is the beginning of wonderful things in your life!

  14. fornot says:

    Boot knockage. Will it bring on the baby? Who knows. But it’s supposed to keep “things” … uh, flexible… to ease some of the process. And the good-feeling-ness is also good for your muscles ’round them parts and general mood.

    Daily boot knockage. That is the answer to everything. lol

  15. nineteen69 says:

    Secksi times will work. At least it will for Tim. 🙂

    That baby is trying to wait so I can win. Leave Foxy alone!

  16. K. Rock says:

    Doing the do worked for me…twice.

  17. Pinky says:

    Lil’ Pinky was 7 days late. I had family visiting and they were leaving soon, so I took the Castor Oil. OMG…it was completely digusting and I was sick as a dog, but I went into labor that night. I would never do that again.

  18. Ms.K says:

    I had LOTS of grown up time during my pregnancy.It was awesome and there are many comfortable positions to get into while you have you big belly. There was no lack of s.ex.y time while Princess J was in there. Annnnnd some Docs say that the se.m.en softens the cervix. THEY even recommend s.e.x to induce pregnancy. And for me even if it didn’t do that, it was good times.

    My only tip is, watch for your as they can feel quite strange in your tummy. Kinda like a crap. Doesn’t hurt the baby tho.

    Yea, Yea I said s.eme.n and , Judge Me! lol

    MsK you said a WHOLE lot that I was trying to leave to the imagination. ROFL!

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