When I was pregnant with Jake, I had a bleed at 35 weeks, which in turn meant that they induced me at 40 weeks as they didn’t want me to go overdue. So I didn’t experience going into labour naturally. I was in hospital when everything happened, losing my plug, losing my waters etc. I guess I was lucky in the fact that they didn’t have to give me a drip, or break my waters for me, so it was quite natural for an induction, but I never had that build up.
Anyone who has ever been pregnant can relate to this: You spend the first 20 weeks of your pregnancy on toilet paper watch, hoping not to see any blood. Then you spend the last 3 weeks back on toilet paper watch hoping to see some signs of a “show” so you know things are moving in the right direction.
I really don’t want to go overdue. We have family over from Canada who will be going home on 16th April (I am due on the 8th!) and I really want them to meet the new arrival before they go home. Plus, I am really uncomfortable and miserable and can’t bear to be like this for much longer. I love being pregnant until 36 weeks, then I just go down hill.
Going into labour naturally terrifies me. I hate not being in control and not knowing when it will happen. However, I know that I can’t cope with being hooked up to a machine throughout labour again, so I really don’t want to be induced.
So, if any of you know of any tried and tested ways of getting labour kick started, please share!