I’m done. Pregnancy is a wonderful thing and I am so grateful – but I’ve paid my dues for 39 weeks and 3 days. I’ve experienced a majority of the traditional ailments of pregnancy, from morning sickness to stretch marks, and relished in those first few kicks. But I’m done.
I know I am not alone, that this is the point that most pregnant woman reach. We’re ready to move on to the next phase and to reclaim some semblance of control over our bodies. We want to greet this little being we’ve spent so much love, time and energy tending to. We want to just not be pregnant any more.
As I’ve commiserated with other moms-to-be and all those moms who can look back on these days, I’ve been provided with quite the list of potential labor-inducing practices. The scientist in me says that a majority of these don’t do anything but distract us for a few more days.
There are even studies that show labor is more likely following a drop in barometric pressure or during a full moon, but a majority of the old wives tales center on actions you can take to “naturally” bring on labor:
- Spicy Food
- Castor oil
- Herbs ( e.g. raspberry leaf)
I’m skeptical, but the uncomfortable, exhausted pregnant woman wants to know: Did any of these work for you?
Jennifer Wilson is not quite so done as to voluntarily bring on intestinal distress, but is getting there. She writes 31 and Pregnant, a column about navigating first-time pregnancy in Champaign-Urbana.