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...to have this baby. I have a week before my due date and I've been told by so many people that I will more than likely go past my due date- I could scream. I have almost constant painful braxton hicks. I feel achy all over and I've been having menstrual like cramping. Not to mention my feet look like marshmallow puffs after standing for a few hours and I've pulled a muscle in my left foot so now I have a limp. I'm just full of complaints right now. I've been taking EPO vaginally and orally, red raspberry leaf tea 3x a day and I've been very active- walking a lot. I guess no matter what I do he is going to come when he is good and ready.
You are so close Brittany. Those last few weeks are the worst. I remember crying when my due date came and went. Dont worry he may be late he may not. You never know. I read some of those birth stories in that book that I gave you over and over those last few days trying to prepare for labor and birth in my mind.
My favorite story was the one of the woman who had no partner and wanted to give birth at home with the midwife. The midwife told her that she would have to go to the hospital because the law was there had to be 2 midwives present to do a home birth. She disagreed so they labeled her "high risk" just because she was refusing to go to the hospital. Anyway she wound up delivering in her apartment with just her doula in a birthing tub. That story was just so beautiful to me. I guess it appealed to me because I was worried about Shea really being help to me but she did almost all of it by herself with no one there. So I thought I could too. Which story was your favorite?
If you want to talk you can call me. Do you still have my number?
Do you have everything ready to go? Do you need anything from me?
Momma to Brynn 10/2/2002 (midwife at hospital)
Emme 5/26/2008 (midwife at freestanding birth center)
Pierce 11/28/2009 (midwife at freestanding birth center)
I have to say I clearly recall being miserable at the end with both of my children. I was induced with DS 2 weeks prior to my EDD, but I was still miserable before then. DD was 2 weeks LATE and I just walked my little heart out and did the EPO and red rasp tea, too.
It will happen when you're body is ready for sure. Try not to stress about it too much and hang in there!
Oh man, I SO don't miss those last few weeks/days and am SO not looking forward to them again!! Everyone's comments don't help either, how annoying! I was so convinced that my DD would be 2 weeks late b/c that's what everyone says about your first... imagine how surprised I was when she was 2 days early! Hang in there! I hope your LO decides to make an appearance soon!
I'm with you here with 11 days left till my due date. I really am just trying to keep busy these last days and not even keep track day to day of the due date, at least this week. I'm antsy but I'm trying to put myself in the mindset of it being like at 6 months where you just ARE pregnant and that is that. Things like thinking about x-mas shopping and the holidays can help take your mind off it and are things that might be helpful to get done before baby comes. I'm trying to read and knit a lot also. Yes, my whole body probably does ache, SPD, swelling, huge heavy belly but as long as I sit in one place often and keep the mind occupied it keeps my how my body feels out of focus.
I tried at 37 weeks LOTS of sex, orgasms, bumpy car rides, relaxation cds, spicy food, pineapple, basil in food, along with my having been drinking raspberry leaf tea all this pregnancy and starting EPO. I kind of am starting to believe that babies just come with they are ready an natural inducement is kind of an old wives tale type thing.