Yes, Castor Oil…

June 15, 2009

My due date (June 14th) has come and gone, and now it’s time to pull out all of the stops and see if I can’t “encourage” him/her to come on out.

Since June 7th (my last blog post), I have had two more OB-GYN appointments. On June 8th, Dr. Swartz stripped my membranes. Of course, the caveat to this procedure was that it would only work if the body were already ready to go. And, if it was going to work, we’d see some action within 48 hours. You guessed it…the 48 hours came and went and no labor.

Everyone has suggestions for getting labor started and, I must admit, it’s been fun hearing from concerned friends and family wondering “what’s happening?” I tell the same story over and over, “No baby yet.” And, usually inquire about their experiences and what has worked, etc.

The list of things we’ve tried include: eggplant parmesan, sex, eggplant salad from Whole Foods, sex, Raspberry Leaf Tea, walking, and more sex. It’s not so much that I mind this baby being overdue. I really don’t. What I am most concerned about is having to be induced and the god-awful drug, Petocin, that will surely be administered. I had to go down the Petocin route with Clare after my water had been broken for more than 36 hours and still not in hard labor. Petocin sucked. I’d prefer to get these contractions going on my own, thank you very much.

Today, we went back to the OB-GYN for our appointment (one which I scheduled on a whim because really, WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT I WOULD GO PAST MY DUE DATE??) and we talked about next steps. I am still 2cm dilated and 75% effaced (same place I was back on June 3rd) and we decided that if the baby hasn’t arrived on its own by Friday, June 19th, that I would come into the hospital and we’d begin inducing (ugh). Dr. Swartz also stripped the membranes (again).

I have to admit, that having an induction scheduled has definitely kicked me into high gear, and, after reading about the use of castor oil to help get labor started, I visited Whole Foods after the appointment to purchase the nasty stuff. Why castor oil? Well, according to the world wide web: “Castor oil stimulates the bowels in the same way an enema would. For some unexplained reason, when the bowel is stimulated to empty in this way, the uterus is also stimulated to empty.” Yes, I spent the middle of today “emptying” my bowels. It wasn’t all that fun, but still no labor.

Following the castor oil experience, this afternoon, I went to my first acupuncture appointment with the hopes that some ancient Chinese medicine would do the trick. Recommended by two friends, I visited Stephanie Kelsey in her cozy downtown Pearl Street office. My first experience with acupuncture was a good one. One can hardly feel the needles going in, and the hour-long session left me feeling relaxed and optimistic. The ol’ uterus has been active this afternoon, but it’s hard to say if that activity is a precursor to something else. It’s a wait and see now.

So, dear baby, I hope that you will know that your Momma went to a whole lot of extreme measures to coax you out of what’s been your home for the last 40 weeks. I can’t wait to meet you. I can’t wait to see what you look like and we’re all excited to know if you are a boy or a girl. Come out, come out!!!

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