I am sat writing this whilst enjoying breakfast and a cappuccino in Boston tea party, as a reward for braving a bikini and full leg wax whilst 39 weeks pregnant this morning! It actually wasn’t that bad in the end, the most difficult thing was getting my bloody skinny jeans on and off! And at least now I feel all ready going into labour. Mike thinks it’s a bit ridiculous to worry about how everything looks ‘down there’ during labour, but your so exposed it’s nice to know that everything is ship shape and tidy. I hate the idea of it all being like an overgrown garden and your midwife judging you from the off! I know this is probably a bit silly, and I’m sure their very professional and have seen lady gardens in all shapes/sizes etc but still… hence my de-chewbacca appointment today!
Anyway, this week has been pretty uneventful so far, no baby, obviously! No appointments this week either, don’t see midwife until 41 weeks! Definitely don’t feel like I can wait that long. I may actually pop!! I think baby has definitely moved down and descended a bit further this week as hip pain and sciatica has been much worse, and reflux has improved.
Managed to get out and about for short walks most days this week, mostly so Hayden can practice his walking, but he’s still insistent on using his walker at the moment. He seems to really love being outside and seeing lots of other people! Yesterday he spend 30 minutes chasing this little 3 year old girl round the park, much to her amusement thankfully!
Mike is now off work on annual leave for 2 weeks before paternity leave which is a relief to be honest, as bending down for anything is now pretty impossible. I think he’s hoping for another week before the baby comes to try and finish some decorating and gardening. This would be good to get done, but selfishly I’m ready for baby to come now. I’ve already warned him that if we get to Tuesday (my official due date the 14th) and still no baby, then I’m starting on the pineapple and spicy food! Think I might skip the inducement advice of sex though, sorry Mike just can’t face it this time round! Anyway we tried that loads to try and encourage Hayden’s arrival and it did nothing, so I’m not convinced!
Not much else to add really, just a bit of a waiting game now. It’s so different from last time, as we knew I was getting induced at 40 weeks. I’m unsure about what to expect and unsure about if I’ll actually know when I’m in early labour? Unless my waters break in a sudden big gush, movie style, in which case I’m pretty sure I’d recognise that (mind you I could have just wet myself!?). When I was induced, I didn’t have any symptoms initially and after 5 hours the contractions started. They were initially like mild-moderate period pains but I was having them regularly from the start, every 5 minutes so there wasn’t much misinterpreting that as the start of things. But I get the impression from talking to my other mummy friends that the start of labour can be much more subtle than that, mild/niggly contractions every 15-20 minutes and then slowly increasing in frequency and severity. Who knows how it will go this time round? We shall see I guess? I really don’t like the unknown!!
I’d love to hear about how your labours started? And if you’ve got any tips for how to manage contractions whilst still at home?