Labor Prep

I cannot believe how fast my due date is approaching! I know I talk a lot about pregnancy on here and I hope that you guys enjoy it as much as I do because I just know, once he’s here, I am going to miss being pregnant so much!

So with my due date fast approaching I wanted to get my body as prepared as I could for the big day. I started these routines at the beginning of my third trimester as most doctors recommend. I’m sure not all of the things I do actually help, but it is my first pregnancy so I figure, why not give everything a try and see from there what helps/doesn’t. Also, this post may go into too much info for some of you, I try to keep it real.

So I have kept up with yoga and my work out routine as much as I could, I am also doing deep squats numerous times a day in order to help him get closer to the finish line. I have heard of jogging, to help as well, but to be honest, this kind of scares me, I don’t want him thrashing around in there -anyone else with my on this? The squats are also to help maintain muscle in my legs for the big day as I plan on birthing in the squatting position -TMI? Sorry! and the yoga is also wonderful for my breathing techniques.

This one may be too much info for you, but, I also started perineum massaging. I figure, why not give it a try for my first birth, as they say that it doesn’t do much for consecutive births. I have to say, this is pretty uncomfortable, the first few weeks were great, I was able to reach my arms around my belly, but now, at 40 weeks, it is tight! I use organic coconut oil and take about 20 minutes, not applying the pressure for a constant 20 minutes but do 5 and off for a minute and 5 again. The first times I did it, there was a lot of tension, however, I have to say, it has gotten easier with time. I know a few women who have asked their partners to do it for them, that’s not for me, I want my husband to still look at some parts of me without thinking of it as a job -haha.

SHAVE/WAXING! This one is big for me, call me vein, but I don’t want to end up in labor and be self conscious of what is going on down there. So I make sure once a week that my legs, lady parts etc are decent enough, and I say enough, well, as you can imagine at 40 weeks pregnant, I’m not all too limber.

Sunless tanner, the same deal as waxing, I want to make sure that I feel good to have pictures taken, and am fully aware that I will most likely go into labor in the middle of the night without makeup on, therefore, I want to feel good and not have such white pasty skin. So I use organic sunless tanner and it makes me feel so much better!

I am of course, doing acupuncture, you can follow up on that here, here and here and I am also drinking Raspberry leaf tea, found here. I am not doing it merely to get him to come out, I am all for waiting until he’s ready, I am doing it for the benefits during labor. Acupuncture can reduce active labor by 2-3 hours and raspberry leaf tea helps the uterus contract ‘practicing’ the muscles needed for labor.

Aside from those, I am also preparing for life after birth by drinking breastfeeding tea. My midwife advised drinking it to help my milk come in, and has it ever! I will be ready for him when he’s here! I have also gotten a postpartum corset to help with my ab and back muscles and help me get back to the shape I was in before.

Other than that, I know my body will know what to do when the time comes, so I let it runs it’s course.

What have you done in preparation for labor? Anything I am missing out on?

Thanks for reading!! xo

 

 

 

 

 

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Raspberry leaf tea

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I’ve recently started drinking raspberry leaf tea and let me tell you, it is delicious!

A woman from my prenatal group told me about it so I got to searching (and asking my doctor about it) and started drinking it almost immediately.

Here’s why a few reasons why (for those of you not pregnant):

  • It helps with fertility, if you’re interested in that kind of stuff.
  • It treats diarrhea, no one has time for that.
  • It regulates irregular menstrual cycle and decreases heavy periods.
  • It relieves sore throats.
  • It can reduce fever.
  • It is packed with iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium, vitamins B1, B3 and E. So, it also contains nearly everything us women need.
  • It can be used as a paste for rashes, sunburns and eczema.

If that wasn’t enough, here are a few more reasons why (for those of you who are pregnant):

  • It promotes breast milk, I’m sure we’re all interested in having a heavy supply.
  • It stops excess bleeding after birth, yes please!
  • It eases the symptoms of morning sickness, wish I would have taken it in the beginning.
  • It soothes and prevents bleeding gums which many pregnant women often experience.
  • Relaxes muscles of the uterus when it is contracting.
  • Assists with the birth of the baby and the placenta.
  • Can calm cramping of the uterus.

While it hasn’t been proven, it is thought that raspberry leaf tea also shortens the duration of labor. It has been assumed that is relaxes the uterus causing contractions during labor to become more coordinated and efficient (yes please!) It has also been assumed that women who drink it (or take it in pill form) have had pregnancies without the help of interventions (c-section, forceps, etc. )

Some doctors advise only taking it after the 32 week of pregnancy (as it may induce labor) while others suggest that you can take it all throughout pregnancy. Please consult your doctor or midwife before taking it.

I have been drinking a cup of it daily for a week now (I regret not getting it sooner) and have noticed my contractions increase (although that may just be the stage of my pregnancy, 38 weeks) and the bleeding of my gums has stopped.

I am looking forward to seeing if it helps with my delivery at all.

Have you ladies tried it? Any experience with it?

Thanks for reading! xo