Hello to all,

I am writing to just let some of this off my chest. My due date was November 19th and I still haven't gone into labor. I plan on a home birth and am just a little worried that the days will continue to pass without my baby arriving, making it harder to continue my plan of having a natural home birth. I am trying my best to stay positive and trust in the knowledge that my body knows what it is doing. It's just getting harder as the days keep coming and going. I have tried several things to help get my labor started, from homeopathic remedies to acupuncture and visualization. I guess I just have to keep it all up. Next stop will be an enema (which is something I have never experienced) and I am little nervous about. I know its not that big a deal really and my midwife is trying things to help, not hurt me. I dunno I think I am just getting a little scared and need to combat it FAST. Well thank you for taking the time to read my post. Best Wishes to you in every stage of this motherhood journey.
Sarah

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There is a woman who saw my midwife and all 3 of her children were born around 42 1/2 weeks. Every time they were literally on there way to the hospital after trying everything, and she went in to labor. You will get your homebirth, keep up the positive attitude and it will all fall in to place.
I can feel your pain, even though I'm "only" 40W3D... every night I go to bed, so sure that this is the night I will wake up to contractions or a puddle of water... then, each morning when I get up, still definitely pregnant, I am just so sure that today HAS to be the day when I call my husband home from work. And yet, each day and each night passes, uneventfully. You can do it! You will NOT be pregnant forever, and your body DOES know what it's doing. I'm re-reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth to let all the positive birth stories really impress on me how well our bodies know what is best for us and our babies. Physically it's hard for me to be really active right now, but I'm trying to do as much as I can for the sake of distraction. Keep us updated!
My 2nd came 20 days past her due date. I was due on the 7th and she came on the 27th. One day shy of being 43 weeks.
I had to remember that due dates are not exact. One thing my doula had me do that I feel really helped. She had me write a letter to the baby saying I was ready or to write down everything I was nervous or scared about. She said that sometimes we may not realize it, but we are stopping ourselves from going into labor because we aren't as ready as we might think we are.

Hopefully you are able to remain calm, enjoy this last stretch of being pregnant and labor will start soon.
Hugs to you mama, I know how you feel!
I am sorry. I feel terribly selfish now. I've been walking around crying for a good week now because I'm still pregnant, and I'm only 39 weeks, 4 days. I don't know what else to say except that I admire you for your patience and your positive outlook. I honestly don't know if I have that in me. You will have your baby soon and it will be the best birth (home-birth) for sure...take care.

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