40 . weeks . pregnant .
Today, April 5th 2011 is supposed to be the day when my baby is born, but...
It is a well documented fact (on blogs, websites and other internet portals) that only 5% of babies are born on their due date. I think that there are more resources on this fact than many other important parts of pregnancy because there are A LOT of very frustrated mums-to-be out there that wake up on their due date desperately asking the question `Where is my baby?`
Try googling `40 weeks pregnant` or even `41 weeks pregnant` and you will be bombarded with blog postings written by very very tired, bloated and grumpy women.
Because all of my japanese friends, and all of Yoshi`s family members delivered their babies small, and well before their due dates, I guess I just assumed that my baby would come early too. Boy was I wrong.
It is around this time (I guess) that a lot of expectant mothers also start searching for ways to naturally induce labor. I asked Yoshi if this is popular in Japan too, but being a boy, I guess he was the wrong person to ask, as I was answered with a very blank stare.
Some methods I had previously heard of (old wives tales I suppose) include eating curry, going for long walks, doing squats/lunges, having sex, climbing stairs and of course, ingesting castor oil.
Other methods I found online include eating pineapple, eating eggplant parmesan, nipple massage, drinking raspberry leaf tea, relaxation and visualisation techniques, acupressure, bumpy car rides, bouncing on a yoga ball... and many more.
As I am still in a great deal of pain with my pregnancy sciatica, long walks are out of the question, as is stair-climbing. So today I will try some of the others, and we will see what happens...
1. Method 1 -- Acupressure / massage
Located deep in the webbing between either hand's thumb and forefinger; in between the 1st and 2nd metacarpal bones.
Stimulation of this point has been know to begin labor, enhance contractions during labor and in non-pregnant females, bring on menstruation several days early. Also may relieve pain from migraine.
2. Method 2 -- Squats / lunges
Although I am having trouble walking around and changing positions when sitting or lying down, standing still in an upright position is not too bad, so I tried some simple squats and lunges.
3. Method 3 -- The yoga ball