*I wrote this post on the day I went into labour and never got around to posting it. This is why I am still talking about being pregnant, little did I know that Teddy was on his way!
D-Day has officially been and gone! I am currently 41+2 weeks and it doesn’t seem that Baby C is going to be making an appearance anytime soon. I’m taking comfort in the fact that it must be because I have an extremely comfy womb. I saw my midwife on Wednesday when I was 5 days overdue and she did try to perform a stretch & sweep but my cervix was too far back for her to do anything. TYPICAL. I asked if this meant that I was going to be waiting a while for Baby to arrive and she said definitely not and that your cervix can move forward very quickly.
I am also officially booked in for an induction at the hospital on Wednesday the 17th, taking me 12 days over (which is how far they let you go over before inducing you). At first I was really disheartened at the idea of being induced but since taking time to think about it and talking to other women who have been in the same position, I am now completely fine with it and accepted that it will probably will be the case. If I happen to go naturally before then, then that is a lovely little bonus. Either way by next weekend, my gorgeous baby will be here!
Here are some tips and tricks that I have been using since going overdue and they’ve really helped me deal with it a lot better than I thought I would. I’m not the most patient person usually…
1. Do something nice for yourself, whether that be getting your haircut or getting a pedicure. Enjoy these extra days. If Baby isn’t playing ball and keeping you waiting, you deserve an extra little treat!
2. Keep Busy!! This is something I have been doing a lot of and it also makes the days go a lot quicker than they would if I was just sat at home feeling sorry for myself. Go out shopping, go for meals or just sit and read a book. I’ve also been giving the house a really good deep clean in preparation for the new arrival!
3. Try natural labour inducers if you really want to. I’ve been going for walks and also spending an hour or so in the evening on my gym ball. I also tried the ol’ hanky panky but we will NOT go there..do you know how hard it is to get comfy with a 9 month pregnant belly in the way? VERY. Just remember that none of the natural inducers are proven to work.
4. Sleep & rest as much as you can! Labour could come on any day and the last thing you need is to be absolutely shattered. I know how hard it is to get comfy at the end of pregnancy, constantly tossing and turning, waking up for pee breaks. Even if you are awake at daft o’clock in the morning. Lounge in bed, read a book. Relax. When the baby is here, you will wish you had taken advantage of lazy days with your feet up.
5. Look out for signs of labour. Whether that be losing your ‘show’ or mucus plug, period like pains coming on at more of a pattern rather than just sporadic or pelvic achiness. These are all signs that your body is getting ready for labour. Some women find comfort in experiencing signs of labour and knowing it’s close. I got to the point where I was fed up of second guessing every ache or twinge.
6. Remind yourself that being overdue is completely normal. It is so hard not to get caught up on your ‘due date’ especially when you are feeling completely over the back ache, constant toilet breaks and swollen cankles..but just remember it will all soon be over and you’ll have your baby in your arms. Only 4% of babies arrive on their actual due date!
7. Spend as much time with your other half as you can. Go to the cinema or go out for a lovely meal, it’ll be the last time for a while that it will just be the two of you! Soon your whole life will become about your new little baby, so spending some quality time with your partner, in the run up, is so important.
8. Don’t be scared to ask for help, whether that be physical help or emotional. Talk to your partner, family or friends. Even your midwife! It’s perfectly normal to feel fed up and disheartened when your due date has been and gone.
9. It’s okay to be fed up. I am. You’ve waited for this baby for so long and it has the cheek to keep you waiting even longer! I remember one day feeling really down and absolutely shattered due to no sleep & eventually I just had a little cry to Aaron and instantly felt better.
10. Remember, it’s just a date! You have your whole life with your baby. In hind sight, what is an extra two weeks? Easier said than done, trust me I know, but whatever the wait is, just remember it’s completely worth it!