Thursday, May 14, 2015

How To Make Your Baby Come on Your Due Date

This past week has seen the births of five new babies to four of my friends. How can that be?? My conclusion is that there most definitely was something in the water around July 4th of last year. Just call me Sherlock. (Side note: have you seen the BBC Sherlock series?? Benedict Cumberbatch is my new TV crush.) May 6, May 7 (twins!), May 9, and May 10.... new babes were welcomed into the world. Let's not forget Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge born on May 2nd. July 4th fireworks bring May babies.

And Father's Day "fireworks" bring March babies, I guess. Our little March baby came right on time. Apparently, only 5% of babies are born on their due date -- who knew? I don't think I did anything extra special that prompted Liza Love to make her debut, and there's definitely no magical formula for making a baby arrive on time, but here's what I did. Take it for what it's worth. (And if you don't care, just skip this next part. There's pictures at the bottom.)

How To Make Your Baby Come on Your Due Date:

  • Raspberry Leaf Tea - I had heard that raspberry leaf tea is supposed to soothe your uterine muscles, so I walked down to Chin Chin Cha in Georgetown and picked up a bag about a week and a half before my due date. (Beware: it looks like marijuana. Just saying. Don't ask me how I know.) I drank one or two cups of tea a day after that. Who knows if it really works or if it helped my muscles relax enough to start labor, but it tastes good and it warmed me up since early March was absolutely frigid in DC. 
  • Walking - I was pretty sedentary for a lot of my pregnancy. A few weeks after I found out I was pregnant, I had a bit of a scare and thought I had miscarried after one particular work out. Because of that, I decided to take a break from exercising for the rest of the time. I still would take walks, but they were pretty slow and leisurely. By about 37 weeks pregnant, I was so ready to meet this babe that I started walking like crazy again. Even through the icy sidewalks and snow, I power-walked about 3-4 times a week. I swear this helped a whole lot to get my hips moving and make the baby drop. I also shoveled snow (a lot of snow.... I cleared the whole sidewalk!) the day I went into labor. I think that also helped.
  • Breathing into Braxton Hicks Contractions - Not everyone gets Braxton Hicks, but I had them for most of my pregnancy. They really ramped up about two weeks before my due date. Michael and I watched this video on how to practice belly breathing, so every time I had a Braxton Hicks contraction, I would work on breathing into it. I was 3cm dilated three days before Liza came, and I think this breathing technique definitely helped make that happen. 
  • Ice Cream - I can't explain it, but like a typical preggo lady, I craved ice cream like crazy in the two weeks leading up to labor. It was below freezing for much of that time and Michael thought I was insane, but I still went to Thomas Sweets at least twice a week in the end. 
  • Potato Spinach Soup - We ate this for dinner, and I went into labor 2 hours later. Here's the recipe. Do it! (ps. Add cooked bacon when you add the potatoes. And cheddar cheese for serving.)
And now for some pics! 

Getting ready to watch Duke win. Not sure how I feel about this. 

Easter Sunday

Seriously NOT happy about the bonnet. It's hard being a girl. 

Staring contest. Liza Love won. 
A visit with Aunt Tilly! 

How we feel about her receding hairline...

I may be balding, but I sure am cute! 

One with the animals

How we feel about her hair growing back!

A new kind of Friday night

Hello little love

My heart just skipped a beat...

Liza Love's first selfie with the girls

Picture of contentment 

Power to the little people! 


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