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How to Give Birth? Read this Nigerian Mama's vaginal birth story and how she learned not to rush labor!
During the early stage of my first pregnancy scan test, I was told my due date was 8th of March, 2014. So, I was to expect my baby at exactly forty weeks. Well, I had no issue whatsoever regarding my pregnancy but I was very eager to meet my new world. Every time, I talked to my little one inside me that we were going to meet soon.
I reached the final stage of my pregnancy(precisely, 38weeks gone). The weather in mid February was very hot in my home country, Nigeria. This made me uncomfortable and I grew more impatient. I wasn’t having any pains or complications. I was just impatient to meet my son and the weather condition contributed to the situation. So, I thought to myself “maybe, I can do something to trigger labor this period before my due date… I have waited long enough and couldn’t wait anymore” I went on talking to myself that “I have heard about women giving birth three weeks before their due date and I want to fall in that category, after all it’s possible”
I decided to do a google search on natural way to induce labor and I came across two things to believe would be very helpful to me. The first discovery was Pineapple. Yes…fresh pineapple in particular is said to contain an enzyme called bromelain.
The popular theory is that somehow the bromelain from the pineapple makes its way to your cervix and causes the breakdown of tissue there, causing the cervix to soften thereby stimulating labor. I read further that, there is no evidence to support this theory, however. At least, I was glad I found what I was looking for and was going to give it a big try. I was tired of the pregnancy already and wanted something to be done fast to pop out my baby.
While at home and couldn’t go out to get some fresh and ripe pineapple. I thought of calling my husband on phone to help me get the pineapple. I didn’t tell him my reason of wanting to eat it because, I felt he would object to my intention of causing labor myself.
Voila! Here comes my pineapple. I hurriedly washed and sliced it into small chunks and refreshed myself. I ended up eating the whole fruit just to hasten labor. After relishing the fruit with all excitement, I waited for a little while to see the outcome. Few minutes later, I began to feel contraction and was delighted that labor was very close to happen. Sadly enough, the contraction came and gone and there was no further sign of labor. But I refused to give up. I moved to the second discovery which was sex.
It never crossed my mind that having a sexual intercourse at thirty-eight weeks gone was permissible. I thought it was forbidden(laughing right now) but please don’t judge me, momma. The reason being that, I didn’t want to hurt my baby in there because I was told his head was facing downward(apparently close to my cervix region if I’m correct). I’m not a medical doctor but I was just being careful not to hurt him. At some points, I wasn’t sexually aroused because of my condition but I made up my mind to make love with my husband. I pretended to be sexually aroused and my husband was surprised. He knew very well that, we were not supposed to have sex during that period until I put to bed. It was at this time that I opened up to him about my intention. He agreed with me and we made love that night. Guess what? No sign of labor after doing our thing. Once again, I felt disappointed.
From my two trials so far, I wasn’t lucky to naturally induce labor. I had no choice than to wait till when it was time. However, I had a natural labor on my exact due date and a vaginal birth. One thing I can’t accurately tell was if any pain medication was administered to reduce labor pain.
Lesson to learn from my ‘trying to induce labor’ experience- I know how tiring it can be during the late pregnancy period. The growing baby causes your uterus to make more room for it. Inasmuch as you may want to get your baby out before the exact due date, it’s quite advisable to hold on a little longer for baby to come on its own. The good news is that, you won’t be pregnant forever, okay?
If by any chance you feel heavier and uncomfortable with no complication, try taking a short walk to places that would take your mind off the intention of inducing labor yourself. Try watching your favorite tv show or do something else to have fun just to while away time.
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How to Give Birth? Read Nicoll's birth story about how she gave birth to her first son, Magnus, in a hospital setting with an epidural! I love how she felt so empowered during her postpartum experience as well!
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