overtime

baby diana is due in a week and, if i progress at the rate i’m currently progressing, i’m due to go Overdue, just like i did with my past two babies. before you post advice on how to “naturally induce labor”, let me tell you that June was 8 days late and did not come despite my complete adherence to EVERYTHING pinterest suggested. here’s a few favorites:

Labor Cake (or cupcakes/cookies/etc): obviously, a very pregnant woman came up with this. “hey, I NEED to eat this cake, it will make the baby come!”

Intimate Relations: obviously, a very pregnant woman’s husband came up with this one? like the cake, this might be fun, but never really got things going labor-wise for me

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea: drank a couple gallons, no help at all.

Pineapple: ate an entire pineapple, no help.

Exercise: walked as much as I could handle, just made me tired.

Spicy Foods: make me vomit when i’m pregnant, so i did try those but it wasn’t useful.

Castor Oil: I tried this twice. the first time i threw it up, the second time i threw it up the second it was in my mouth. i think this Could possibly work if I had kept on vomiting, since i DID go into labor with my 3rd born when I was 3 days late and vomiting constantly for hours due to a stomach virus.

More on the Stomach Virus: this might possibly be a natural way to induce labor, but I don’t recommend it–it left me dehydrated, still sort of sick, and very tired AND I gave it to ALL of my family who was there to help me, including my other children. fun times.

 

i’m going to just say it: I do not believe that there is any way to naturally induce labor (except for a stomach virus, see “castor oil”). if your baby comes after you try xyz, then your baby was just going to come anyway.

so, wiser, older, pregnant and likely to go overdue with my 4th baby, i’ve decided that i will forego any attempts to MAKE her come and instead rest, relax, and practice some patience.

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