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Pineapple & curried out. Walked miles, had sex. Now taking bets!

(135 Posts)
mildred37 Wed 01-May-13 20:05:27

So. I'm fed up of having twinges, being told baby is engaged and that I'm huge or too big for dates angry. Have walked literally miles today up and down hills (back & legs didn't thank me for that), have been eating pineapple every day for weeks and taking raspberry leaf capsules, and tonight had a vindaloo & DH and I have DTD for the 3rd time this week. Any takers on ideas how long it will take for DC1 to finally make an appearance?!?! So desperate to get this baby out!!!!!!

Fakebook Wed 01-May-13 20:42:19

How far along are you? If you're at the end then I wouldn't walk too much or do too much strenuous exercise that leaves you exhausted; you'll need that energy and power in your back legs for labour!

Try gently exercises that encourage the baby to come down more, like squats or swinging on a swing. Get on your knees in a crawling position and wiggle your bum. Sitting on a birthing or exercise ball and rocking is good too.

good luck!

mildred37 Wed 01-May-13 20:47:10

Nearly 40wks now. Thanks for the tips - am going to buy a gym ball tomorrow too I think!!!

Fakebook Wed 01-May-13 20:52:07

I used my dd's space hopper when pregnant with ds because I was too stingy to buy an exercise ball blush.

maryann970 Wed 01-May-13 21:15:56

I'm 39+4 and spending a lot of time on the ball! Walking as well. It's all about getting the babies head to push on the cervix, so I have been told. As its head bounces on there it stimulates release of hormones.

Will get on the pineapple and curry too for good measure! Sex is good as the semen has prostaglandins in it. Though I have read somewhere these are better ingested!

Good luck! X

mildred37 Wed 01-May-13 21:37:13

maryann I was told that too - however it is one theory I am not willing to try!!!!!

Will get to bouncing tomorrow, and will tell DH to keep his energy levels up....he's never been so "active" grin

maryann970 Thu 02-May-13 07:32:57

Haha awesome! I can't be bothered with that one either smile he is gutted. Let me know if anything does the trick xx

NumberTwoDue Thu 02-May-13 07:51:23

I remember this feeling (vividly)! It was a sweep that worked for me at 41+3....

In the meantime, what about a different perspective? After DD was born I was chatting to a random lady at a baby class and was reliving the final days of pregnancy and saying how frustrated/impatient I had gotten to meet my baby. She replied "not me! I really savoured those last days because I knew it would be the last time I had my baby all to myself and could enjoy them entirely without all the worry that comes with a newborn." (wasn't her first). I think that's such a lovely way to think about it, I'm determined to follow her lead this time!

Kt8791 Thu 02-May-13 07:53:48

I am due today.... Ate a pineapple last night, and walked around the garden. Might have to try bouncing on ball today. Dtd a couple of days ago and not sure I can face that again!!! This is my 3rd and I was early with my first two. Really hate waiting!

MrsFlorrick Thu 02-May-13 09:08:42

Pineapple does not work! Tried it with both DC and I ate tons of it. Curry doesn't work either. Sex doesn't work either. And don't get me started on flaming raspberry leaf! Sorry. Apparently walking up and down stairs repeatedly works. Not sure I would recommend that tho.

My recommendation is to sit back, relax, eat eat something nice and watch box sets. It will make waiting enjoyable. Plus once you baby arrives there will be no time for nice food, relaxing or box sets.

Wickedgirl Thu 02-May-13 12:46:08

Areally hot curry works because the spices make you open your bowels and it is the "loose" bowels that can help start contractions. Caster oil supposedly does the same thing but I wouldn't try it.

Nipple tweaking is supposed to work too, and a nice glass of wine should work as you're more likely to go into labour if you're feeling relaxed

somanystripes Thu 02-May-13 12:56:36

The thing I'm sure worked for me was spending a few hours cuddling my friend's newborn - I went into labour about two hours afterwards. The oxytocin from all those snuggles (as well as being around a breastfeeding mother) apparently tells your body it's safe to give birth as there's another newborn around.

Another friend triggered her labour through nipple stimulation. The midwife told her she had to to three hours of it though! It definitely worked, although I have no idea of what the actual technique is!

Good luck. I have to say I agree with one of the posters above that I'll just be enjoying those last days next time and getting in as much rest as possible before those crazy newborn days start again... wink

Fakebook Thu 02-May-13 12:58:05

Re: pineapple - a whole pineapple contains very little of the chemical, glycyrhizzin that acts as prostaglandin to soften the cervix. It's so little, that you'd have to eat about 8-9 pineapples for it to have any effect. I get a furry tongue after eating a few slices of pineapple, don't know anyone who could manage 8 whole ones!

rootypig Thu 02-May-13 14:09:37

All the DC1s I am aware of, including my own, were at least a week late! Since you asked my bet is 40+6 grin

I know it is angry to hear this but as the mother of a 6mo, enjoy getting some sleep and having a working fanjo

Livinglavidafoca Thu 02-May-13 17:27:47

Sorry ladies, I tried it all an ened up with a failed induction EMCS at 42 weeks +1, first baby.

Good luck!

mildred37 Sat 04-May-13 09:25:44

Well a few days on and still no baby. Have been feeling really PMT-ish the last couple of days, still loads of pelvic/vaginal pressure and yesterday my boobs started feeling sore...today I can't even think about putting on a bra! Very, very odd.

Good to get all the feedback. I'm beginning to wonder if the people that all these things worked for were perhaps coincidence, as nothing is proven. However I am going for nice walks every day and using the gym ball, so hopefully baby will get into my pelvis easier.

TwentyTinyToes Sat 04-May-13 09:36:01

Relax, sit down, have a cup of tea, maybe some cake. Baby will come when ready, try to take it easy but i do appreciate how impossible that is when heavily pregnant and desperate to meet your baby. Have these flowers brew

juneau Sat 04-May-13 09:41:17

I agree with Twenty. If you've tried all that activity and nothing is happening, put your feet up. You're going to need your strength when labour does eventually happen, so pick up a book, or settle down to watch a box set of something. Labour is very, very tiring, so you need to be as well rested as you can be.

BlackholesAndRevelations Sat 04-May-13 14:39:41

Lol at Fakebook "you'll need your back legs"!

I like the idea of cuddling a newborn... A friend of mine is due a couple of weeks before I am so I'll be giving that one a go!

Hope baby gets out soon... I'm afraid nothing at all worked for me! grin

MerylStrop Sat 04-May-13 14:46:15

I'd recommend a touch of denial (always did the trick for me)

And/or reflexology, which even if it doesn't trigger labour (I did go into labour with my first the evening after a session), it at least a very pleasant and relaxing way to spend an hour, and probably good for you in all sorts of other ways.

the other thing to do is to make lots of plans to do very nice things in the next two weeks, that's pretty much guaranteed to work

mildred37 Sat 04-May-13 16:56:29

Haha well I've just finished baking and putting together food for a picnic tomorrow, we're going to an air show and meeting up with some friends there so if the logic works baby should come tonight lol! I hate sitting around, even if its watching tv or reading - feel so lazy - but I have been making myself sit down more.

Off to a friends for a vindaloo tonight so will keep you all posted wink

PregnantPain Sat 04-May-13 17:10:07

I'm 39+2 and totally fed up aswell.
So much pressure down below and underneath bump it is unreal. Baby needs to vacate asap!

rootypig Sat 04-May-13 17:21:26

do I win a prize if I'm right grin

mildred37 Sun 05-May-13 19:21:48

Feeling your pain pregnantpain - very apt name!

rootypig you get flowers grin

rootypig Sun 05-May-13 19:35:33

grin grin where are you up to? 40 + ???

mildred37 Sun 05-May-13 21:39:34

Unfortunately not - 38 today! I know I have a way to go yet but this ones a big'un...

GingerDoodle Sun 05-May-13 21:51:22

Do something inconvenient. I went for dinner in London (live near Gatwick and was going to Chichester), first babies don't arrive within 6 hours of twinges starting a whole week early... obviously.

(Full blown labour on packed commuter train and car ride ending in transition as we got to the hospital. DD born 1 1/2 hours after parking car!)

rootypig Sun 05-May-13 22:09:26

gracious!

<settles in for long haul>
brew biscuit

mildred37 Mon 06-May-13 09:33:46

Ok, silly question alert.

Are contractions usually all around your bump/back (as in a band) or can they be just on one side? Can't tell if it's BH or a UTI sad

PregnantPain Mon 06-May-13 11:29:16

My contractions last labour started in my back but they would sort of slowly increase round to the front of bump if that makes sense. I would phone your midwife for advice as if it's one side it may possibly be UTI but I am not a doctor.

mildred37 Wed 08-May-13 16:32:26

Been to see midwife this morning. Baby is now fully engaged, measuring 41cms and there is no more room! Baby is in perfect position for labour (apparently) and she's booked me in for a sweep when I'm 40+2 but highly doubts that ill need it - eek! Asked her to check ursine for UTI (as per earlier posts) but no infection or even protein, so we think it's the kidney stones playing up. However this afternoon I have have a couple of "motions" - second one quite loose - and have had backache so watch this space!

TwentyTinyToes Wed 08-May-13 16:47:35

Ohh good luck. Keep us posted when you can. Hope it goes quickly and smoothly for you.

Dillydollydaydream Wed 08-May-13 17:02:59

The night I went into labour with ds I'd had a lovely spicy takeaway for dinner and dh and I dtd when we went to bed. However, he was a week late so I'll Never know if I would have gone into labour anyway.

mildred37 Thu 09-May-13 20:40:41

That's what I always wonder, if it's already set in stone like fate; or if we can actually bring these things on.

Am wondering if I am in the very very early stages of labour today. Alot of aches/pains in my back, bump and pelvis, as well as a general feeling of not being right today and (sorry TMI) loose bowel movements. Am resting in bed in preparation for what could be the longest night of my life! (Or I could be a drama queen and nothing happens. We will see!)

samsmother Thu 09-May-13 21:10:19

Mildred, wishing positive things to you if your baby appears tonight :-)

mildred37 Fri 10-May-13 06:33:19

Thanks sams. Nothing happening overnight and it all seems to have stopped. Dammit!

dexterpat Sat 11-May-13 19:03:21

I was like this with ds1 after 40 weeks tried everything at 42wks they induced me ds1 arrived at 42+2

With ds2 I rested and only did what I had to at 42wk exactly my waters broke at 1am ds2 was here by 4.30am

DON'T knacker yourself out walking and bouncing etc try to get as much sleep as possible I know it's really shit no one tells you about the over due bits of labour ( with ds1 I had 3 days of contractions at 39 weeks which stopped) just get comfy you baby will come eventually and you don't want to have knackered your self out walking miles before labour x good luck keep us updated

mildred37 Mon 13-May-13 15:11:36

Thanks Dexter. I'm now 39+1 and am having period type pains this afternoon, as well as loose bowel movements (again). I'm also experiencing what I can only describe as sporadic tingling, almost like a pins and needles sensation across my lower belly. Very strange! Am hoping this is the start of it all, I am getting very fed up and am so ready for my baby to get here!!!

cookiewuk Mon 13-May-13 16:02:41

I feel for you all, Im 38+6 today and really wanting to meet ds2! I had a sweep on sat as my blood pressure was slightly raised and I am high risk due to previous pre-eclampsia. I was 2cm and cervix was quite thin so I was expecting to labour through Sunday and be sitting here with my gorgeous newborn already but no such luck. All that happened was crampy pains and bleeding on sat evening, a bit more bleeding on sun then nothing since. I've been bouncing, scrubbing stair carpet, nipple tweaking, dtd, eating pineapple and having hot baths but nothing has worked. I guess I'll give up for now, try to get ahead on my open uni work and make plans to meet my gran for lunch and meet other pregnant friends for aqua natal tomorrow and see where that gets me!

mildred37 Mon 13-May-13 18:33:32

I'm testing the "make plans" theory - we're meant to be having a new floor put down in the bathroom tomorrow so Sod's law will dictate it will kick off later tonight or early morning ;)

samsmother Mon 13-May-13 21:48:38

Fingers crossed for you Mildred! My waters broke unexpectedly all over the carpet that had been laid 6 HOURS PREVIOUSLY! So there's hope yet :-)

mildred37 Tue 14-May-13 08:25:18

Still nothing, apart from a strop this morning on learning that yet another member of my family had their baby last night....that's 2 in 2 days now and I'm the only one left! Had a bit of a cry and DH laughed at me sad. Also had a dream we'd had our beautiful baby and he was so perfect. So today I am fed up!!!

I feel for you Mildred, I'm due today and not even had a twinge this is number 2. DD1 was 11 days late but labour started on day 10 so I'm giving this one a week till she is here.

Make lots of plans to pass the time and try get out the house as much as possible.

Fakebook Tue 14-May-13 10:33:53

Strops are good! Crying is good too! I had a good tantrum and a cry the day before I went into labour.

McRoo Tue 14-May-13 10:44:44

Totally understand how you feel. I'm 40+6 today and just come back from my second sweep. I've made no internal progress since my sweep a week ago, despite me being convinced I was in early labour on Saturday with regular back pain contractions, lots of show and even front contractions too. baby's head has actually gone from 2/5 engaged to 3/5.

I'm booked for my third sweep on Friday when I'll be 40+9 and then off to be induced on Monday 20th.

I'm just so upset. I can't quite put my finger on exactly why but I just want to cry and cry.

ButteryJam Tue 14-May-13 10:50:21

McRoo ((hug)).

I'm also trying to get things going, been getting plenty of aches and pains, and plenty of gas too, so no idea if anything is progressing. Treating myself to lunch out today followed by a haircut. Hopefully that will cheer me up a little!

mildred37 Tue 14-May-13 10:54:19

McRoo, it's totally normal to feel upset - I'd be the same (or will be!). I've heard so many women before me get upset, fed up and unreasonable when their DC is overdue, but I completely underestimated it. I said to DH this morning that i'll be the first woman ever to have a 10-11 month pregnancy!!!

Waiting for the floor fitters to arrive at the moment, just want them to get it over and done with so I can put my slobby comfy clothes on again!!

mildred37 Tue 14-May-13 10:55:46

Buttery, the gas is ridiculous isn't it!! I get terrible stomach ache in the morning, nothing but a big trump gets rid.....

I've also never been more regular than I have been the last 2 weeks....and here I was worried about piles!!

McRoo Tue 14-May-13 11:02:21

Mildred - I'll be beating you to that 10 month pregnancy ;-)

Thanks for the kind words. This is so bloody stressful.

Callipygian Tue 14-May-13 11:50:41

Feeling your pain. I'm 41+5 today and going for my third and final sweep this afternoon sad just seems like nothing will get this baby out. Ive been fully effaced for at least a week, and 2 days ago i was 4cm dilated (i was 3cm dilated 5 days ago).

Going to nandos for lunch and will opt for hot, we'll see if that gets me anywhere.

mildred37 Wed 15-May-13 11:32:18

Still nothing today. Having aches/pains but nothing substantial. How's everyone else doing? Any arrivals yet? X

AmberSocks Wed 15-May-13 14:04:53

nothing works unless the babies ready.dont waste your time.relax.enjoy it.

mummymeister Wed 15-May-13 14:15:02

all 3 of mine were overdue by exactly the same amount of time. Couldn't be induced due to allergy issues. my midwife recommended the "3 hot B's" approach - a hot/warm bath, a hot balti and a hot bonk! always worked for me. have to agree with amber though. please enjoys these last few days without a LO. once they come along nothing is ever the same again. good luck to all the ladies in waiting.

tasmaniandevilchaser Wed 15-May-13 15:23:46

I'm feeling fed up, 40+8, I know I should be enjoying these last few days with just 1 DC but I don't want to be induced again. But I do want this baby out! I am having a good weep every day and going up the stairs instead of taking the lift and I'm having lots of poo / wind cramps? Mw appt tomorrow, reluctantly will have the sweep.....

Did a sweep work for anyone?

amazingmumof6 Wed 15-May-13 19:54:38

I recommend eating tiramisu - I had 3 spoonfuls the 4 minutes later my waters broke! grin

grin but also sympathies to you impatient ladies.

Some of us cook them longer than others - I speak from experience (DS1 T+15, DS3 T+10). And the end to my overdue pregnancies was far, far less stressful than DS2's premature arrival at 31 weeks.
DS4 arrived on his due date - clever boy!

Good luck to you all xx!

rootypig Wed 15-May-13 22:35:02

I always recommend eating tiramisu grin
to be on the safe side, take a bath in it grin grin
fucking luff tiramisu

do enjoy your last nights of sleep Mildred, I haven't slept through in 28 weeks <<hollow laugh>>

amazingmumof6 Wed 15-May-13 22:38:18

rootypig I buy the tesco's own tiramisu, family size. although family sees nothing but the box...grin it's all mine <my precious!>

which one do you eat?

Smudging Wed 15-May-13 22:43:10

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Sweep worked for me at 40 + 9. Contractions started 24hours later.
Baby born at 40 + 12, lovely labour. If long.

Being overdue was horrendous. Cried all the time and had to send my dogs to my mum's as I couldn't stand them 'looking at me' (went a bit nuts I think). Within about an hour of delivery, felt 100% myself again, was great. Hang on in there ladies, tis worth it in the end [hugs all round]

CheerfulYank Wed 15-May-13 22:59:07

I'm 39 weeks tomorrow, been having contractions on and off for a few weeks and am dilated to a 4.

COME ON BABY!

KatOD Wed 15-May-13 22:59:41

I went out and planted 90 bulbs in the garden, that worked. Now when I see all the flowers (DD is 18mo) it makes me extra happy. Good luck, annoying isn't it?!

ButteryJam Wed 15-May-13 23:43:25

CheerfulYank, how do you know you are dilated to a 4?

Bogeyface Netherlands Thu 16-May-13 02:10:02

I know someone who tried the 9 pineapples thing. She got to 7 and threw up rather spectacularly! This was on another MN-esque website (no, not that one!) and it became law that pineapple does not work and should never be recommended!

My sweep worked with DC6. My MW came and did the sweep the night before (anyone remember "used gloves in the dishwasher"?!) and I got twinges all night that really kicked in at about 8am I was desperately trying to get hold of DH. Finally got hold of him and he came back as quick as he could with both of us in a panic as previously my longest labour had been 8 hours and my shortest, DC5, had been 3 hours.

He got home just after 11 am and I gave birth.......at half past 9 at night. Thanks DD! 14 fecking hours because she decided that bungee jumping with the cord was more fun than getting born grin

CheerfulYank Thu 16-May-13 02:48:28

My doctor checked on Monday ButteryJam. smile

purrpurr Thu 16-May-13 03:02:55

40+11 today, had a second sweep yesterday afternoon. My cervix appears to have done absolutely naff all over the past week, just sat there, being all not effaced and belligerent and shit. In my head my cervix has a cats bum mouth expression and folded arms. It might even be Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad, all lanky arrogant teenage boy, going around saying things like hey yo, bitch and punching people in the face whilst cooking crystal meth. Bad baaaad cervix.

Up with some really horrendous heartburn now and feeling rather miserable. I always, always manage to think 'is it heartburn? Or is it a heart attack? OMG I'm dying, I'm going to die, it's a heart attack, oh god, oh god, quick, drink some milk, oh - ohhh that's better, okay maybe a little less with the death and a bit more with the milk...' Drama llama. It's difficult to be sane at 3am with a tiny baby's foot wedged in your ribs...

CheerfulYank Thu 16-May-13 04:34:38

Lol at your Jesse Pinkman cervix grin Poor you!

I've been having terrible heartburn too...it's almost an icy feeling.

MrsAmaretto Thu 16-May-13 04:51:09

I have a cervix like you purrpurr! Getting it checked later today (40+10) & if its still useless and unchanged getting booked for a section sad

Quite upset as am at a hospital 200 miles from my home, have been here for 3 weeks, fuck all has happened apart from ds1 being all upset & tearful and feeling like I should just have had an elective weeks ago. Oh and dh goes back to work in a week. So all in all, not a stress less wait and feel like a failure.

bigbuttons Thu 16-May-13 06:49:05

good luck all of you. Out of my 6 dc 3 were 3 weeks over due. It was quite hideous. Nothing shifted them!

Zorra Thu 16-May-13 07:10:35

I'm with you on the heartburn, 39 weeks today and have started waking up every night between 2-4 (and DS is always up at 5.30, Woop) trying to work out if my oesophogus is actually being eroded. Ugh.

tasmaniandevilchaser Thu 16-May-13 08:45:15

Jesse pinkman cervix!! grin think mine might be miss haversham from great expectations, very withdrawn and isolated (posterior) and quite frankly a bitch.

40+9 and induction looking more likely and if it will get this baby out, more attractive by the day

purrpurr Thu 16-May-13 08:57:12

MrsAmaretto you poor thing sad. Will you have friends or family that can drop by once your DH goes back to work? What a rotten time of it you've had - I bloody well hate hospitals, I'm surprised you're still functioning.

Zorra that's exactly it! I don't get how it can possibly hurt so much without doing some kind of damage - the human body is obviously a lot more resilient than we think!

Devilchaser Miss Haversham! I proper guffawed at that and nearly lost my breakfast, thank you. I'm booked in for an induction on Friday evening at 6pm, I don't get it, why would they want me in for then? Surely they won't have adequate staff to induce me then? Plus, isn't it at least acknowledged in medical circles that starting off labour at nighttime is BAD for the mum-to-be as they lose out on sleep they otherwise could've had if they'd started the labour off in the morning? AND My DH will have to leave the ward at 9pm. I'm just dreading it. I hate hate hate hospitals. I'm really trying to talk myself into being positive and relaxed about it. Aaargh.

dowhat Thu 16-May-13 08:57:31

Oh thank you for this thread - feels I'm not alone in my pissedoffedness. Currently 40+11, have walked (and have major chafing to show for it), rasp leaf tea, bum friends the size of grapes that the midwife says are going nowhere until after baby born due to increased blood flow and pressure in my nethers, curries, gym ball bouncing and not a single sign or twinge. Not DTD because noone is going anywhere near my bum friends they're so painful. So another day of daytime tv and bouncing on gym ball to look foward to. Hmmph...

melika Thu 16-May-13 09:03:03

Did any of you watch the programme 'Skint' on channel 4?

Heavily pregnant lady on a trampoline, bouncing up and down with all her other kids, looked like she had it the next day. And the baby was perfect!!

tasmaniandevilchaser Thu 16-May-13 10:10:21

dowhat bum friends!!! that has cheered me up. I have bum friends too, thankfully they are not painful, maybe I am just tough like a rhino down there??!

mrsamaretto (my favourite drink btw!) sounds really rough being so far from home. I think it'd be quite reasonable to march into the theatre and shout "get this baby out now!" No sane person argues with an angry, heavily pg woman.

waves to zorra heartburn is a bitch, can you palm DS off on your Mum during the day so you can have a nap?

purr if it all kicks off then surely your DH can stay, you'd have a room? Good luck for tomorrow, hope it all goes very quickly.

melika I have very vivid imaginatory powers but I really really cannot imagine getting on a trampoline at this point in time (40+9) I might knock the earth off its axis fgs! That woman was playing with fire!

bigkidsdidit Thu 16-May-13 10:14:41

I tried everything too and DS was born 15 days over. So lie down and watch telly!

This time (am 36 weeks now) I'm still walking 2.5 miles each way to work and am working till 39 weeks so am hoping that helps!

bigkidsdidit Thu 16-May-13 10:16:51

sorry, posted too soon

being overdue was so bloody awful. For me, the worst part of the whole thing - pregnancy, labour, breastfeeding, no sleep. The worst bit was waiting!

drcharliegirl Thu 16-May-13 10:41:50

Can someone explain to me why at 25-35 weeks pregnant I got drastic Braxton Hicks for hours after DH and I had (ahem) DTD, causing much panic and anxiety but NOW??? At 39 weeks and desperate to get baby out before a family funeral next week??? Curry, sex, RL tea, walking... NOTHING will persuade my uterus to contract!!!
GAH!!!! angry
Good luck to all

ButteryJam Thu 16-May-13 11:12:09

I had a couple of strong contractions last night (dp not entirely convinced they were 'real' contractions! Well he slept through most of it so how would he know lol). But this morning there isn't much going on at all, so I'm off for a walk in the shopping centre, hoping it might move things forward! Not sure if I should be calling the midwife about last night? My 1st, so I'm completely clueless hmm

ButteryJam Thu 16-May-13 11:13:19

CheerfulYank, did you ask your doctor to? I don't have a routine midwife appointment until the 40 + 6!

purrpurr Thu 16-May-13 11:53:20

Aaargh, so bloody knackered after last night's heartburn that I just watched from behind a thick veneer of sleepiness as my laptop slid off my lap, off the sofa and bounced on the floor. Joy. In the last nine and a half months I have:

Smashed two tumblers from a lovely 4-piece set
Smashed two big cereal bowls
Cracked one plate from a 18-piece set bought especially for 'entertaining'
Dented the kitchen lino - which is barely five minutes old sad
Hit another car in a supermarket car park in a car I'd only owned for 2 days (top tip: Don't buy a new car when you're 32 weeks pregnant)
Tried to pick up various packets of things in the supermarket and dropped every single one - bloomin' swollen fingers sad
Tried to squirt some foundation onto my face and got the bedlinen - twice - and Maybelline 'dream finish' foundation stains, in a permanent 'is that mud, or is that... Poo?' kind of way
Tried to fix splattered foundation on duvet issue by rubbing with water and white towel. Red duvet cover kindly leaked pink dye on white towel, in a permanent 'is that... Is that blood?!' way.

Being pregnant is really bloody expensive. At least the laptop still appears to be functional...

CheerfulYank Thu 16-May-13 14:19:30

Buttery she asked if I wanted her to b/c I've been having contractions on and off for a few weeks. smile

Here in the US you see your Dr every 4 weeks through the first and second trimester, then every two weeks til 35/36 weeks, then weekly til you deliver.

tasmaniandevilchaser Thu 16-May-13 17:01:53

grin at the poo on duvet and blood on towel purr!

I just had a MW appt and have changed my thoughts on my cervix, it is anterior, quite far down but closed up, so now cervix is.....Katie Price (a bit in yer face but cold at the same time). Considering all these women are walking around 1,2 or even 4 cm dilated, would it be too much to ask just for a centimetre of dilation??!!!

The sweep was grim and pointless, induction booked for 8am Saturday.....

rootypig Thu 16-May-13 17:07:25

god sweeps are SO grim. I had one at 40 weeks and it was a good preview of what was to come. had another at 41, went into labour that night.

OP where are you? having your baby I hope!

mumof6 I generally do my tiramisu scoffing in Italian restaurants, when I get the chance. Ciao Bello in London do one so boozy it's like an extra dirnk or two grin. Never found a good shop bought one, but haven't tried Tescos. <<hotfoots up the road>>

And yes to family size, never seen the point of those teeny "individual" pots grin grin

purrpurr Thu 16-May-13 17:34:09

tas Just laughed my head off at your Katie Price cervix!

mildred37 Thu 16-May-13 18:25:44

No I'm having my bloody baby angry this little one is settled in for a 10 month pregnancy I think! Sweep booked for Tuesday.

Lol @ Katie Price cervix! Ugh I could think of nothing worse than her down there....Aaargh! I'll have nightmares now!

Have been buzzing around like a mad thing this morning and completely crashed on the sofa this afternoon. Now feeling foggy headed and ready for a long hot bath and then bed! Fingers crossed for some good news for at least one of us tonight. X

mildred37 Thu 16-May-13 18:26:06

Should say I'm NOT having my baby lol!

rootypig Thu 16-May-13 19:07:42

just think, if you hold on another week or so, you'll get a Gemini. well worth it IMO grin

bigkidsdidit Thu 16-May-13 19:13:36

just had my 36 week appt and baby is engaged, does this mean it might come sooner? <hopeful>

DS wasn't engaged at all till 40 + 10 angry

MortifiedAdams Thu 16-May-13 19:17:44

Get some danceable music on and boogie.

Ten minutes dancing to "9 to 5" and "Big girls you are beautiful" had me at 2-3min.contractions within the night.

CheerfulYank Thu 16-May-13 19:56:46

My cervix is a total tease...dilated to 4 and 50% effaced. And yet it means nothing. And it's so hot here. <weeps>

mildred37 Thu 16-May-13 20:21:51

I have no energy for dancing lol! I have cleaned, tidied and organised like a banshee this morning so I'm hoping that will help. Have been getting "new" pains this evening which a bath didn't do much to help; but knowing my body it will turn out to be nothing, again - just a tease like Cheerful's cervix!

mildred37 Thu 16-May-13 20:23:01

bigkids mine has been engaged since 34 weeks and I'm now at 39+5, so sorry but it just means its ready. You may well prove me wrong though!

bigkidsdidit Thu 16-May-13 21:10:03

ah, dammit!

But I didn't realise you weren't 40 weeks yet. you might have weeks to go - try to relax and have a cake and a glass of wine smile

Bogeyface Netherlands Fri 17-May-13 00:28:29

Can I really piss everyone off and say that 80% of pregnancies go beyond 40 weeks and that science indicates that human pregnancy is more likely to be 42 weeks rather than 40?

[Runs away..................]

CheerfulYank Fri 17-May-13 01:04:01

<shakes fist at Bogey>

My Dr said she'll break my water on the 27th if I don't go before.

Bogeyface Netherlands Fri 17-May-13 01:08:40

I have had 6 full terms and they all bar one, went to the wall of 42 weeks!

Sorry, but I learnt that the due date is the start not the end!

Bogeyface Netherlands Fri 17-May-13 01:09:04

Relax, watch TV and curse me!

chickieno1 Fri 17-May-13 04:27:04

Ds1 born 40 + 13 after 2 sweeps, sex, hot curries, loads of walking in London heat, moving house, induction, em CS.

Am I mad not to just go for elective CS being offered now????

Have a while to make the decision though, would you ladies do any different?

tasmaniandevilchaser Fri 17-May-13 04:44:27

Soz Mildred about Katie price, I know not an appealing thought. I'm quite pissed off with my cervix tho sure it's doing its best!
Think this baby is wedged in, and can't descend, that's why I'm not dilating. That would explain all the pressure just above my public bone. Think it's going to be a long haul.....

tasmaniandevilchaser Fri 17-May-13 04:45:40

Chick, I'd def be discussing elcs, get booked in and then see what happens

purrpurr Fri 17-May-13 07:55:43

Well today's the day, 40+12. This evening at 6pm I'll be a nervous wreck arriving on the antenatal ward to be induced. Visitors can only stay til 7.30pm so I'm really hoping I'm not at the back of a long queue and that they put the pessary up my foof whilst my DH is still with me to hold my hand. Scared sad.

Here's hoping by the end of the weekend, we've got our DD and she's all healthy and I'm relatively ok too. <crosses fingers> <tries not to panic>

dowhat Fri 17-May-13 08:51:44

Oh good luck purrpurr, will be thinking of you. I'm 40+12 today too but they don't induce here until 40+14 so a couple more days to wait. When I was induced with DD1 DH stayed with me the whole time so hopefully your DH will be there to hold your hand. FWIW the whole induced thing is a lot calmer than being rushed to hospital by a scared witless DH when you're in labour!
Looking forward to your BA x

mildred37 Fri 17-May-13 09:22:59

Ooh good luck purr! If it helps my cousin was induced in January as she was overdue, and she had the shortest labour....She literally went from 0-10cm in seconds and baby arrived 45 mins later. Fingers crossed it all goes well and you are having cuddles tonight with your squishy baby smile

chick how overdue are you?

Any news from MrsMcroo?

ButteryJam Fri 17-May-13 15:42:41

Purrpurr, best of luck! smile

tasmaniandevilchaser Fri 17-May-13 16:07:49

Purr hope it goes well and your DH can somehow become invisible and stay a bit longer, a disguise? A lampshade on his head??

Mildred love your cousin's induction story, gives me hope!

Btw DH wanted to put Jesse on our baby name list, I said what like Jesse pinkman?!?!? The meth head dealer who shafted his parents when he bought their house, really ?!?! hmm

mildred37 Sun 19-May-13 11:21:10

How are we all? Officially 40 weeks today and still nothing.

Fakebook Sun 19-May-13 11:40:27

Put on your most expensive and prettiest underwear, wear your most expensive and trendiest trousers/jeans/skirt/dress and wear your most treasured (preferably suede type) shoes that will be ruined if got wet.

Sod's law your waters will break all over them. grin.

CheerfulYank Sun 19-May-13 12:20:22

Good idea Facebook!

How are you purr?

Still nothing here...I just had a v painful contraction which lasted and lasted and was awful...and then nothing. Been happening for a few weeks now. But I'm not 40 weeks til Thursday so I guess we'll
see.

megarobotdiscoparty Sun 19-May-13 14:29:40

mildred - am 40 weeks today too, happy due date! I've spent the last few days moping about stop-start niggles and I'm having NO MORE feeling sorry for myself. Going to the pictures with DH and then a night in with a takeaway to celebrate getting this far with the baby we thought we'd never have.

Good luck ladies, hope things get moving for us all soon!

mildred37 Sun 19-May-13 17:53:40

Happy due date to you too megan! It's now officially a race to the finish ;) we've been for a long bumpy drive and a walk around a park, as well as having spicy prawns for tea so lets see if it works smile

Is purr still around or is she having squishy newborn cuddles??

Splatt34 Mon 20-May-13 10:46:18

40+2 & very fed up. sweep tomorrow.

mildred37 Tue 21-May-13 01:23:13

Up at stupid O'clock in what I think is early labour. Woke up with what feels like severe period pains, with odd waves of nausea and feeling like I need to empty my bowels, but I don't IYKWIM. Tried to get back to sleep but couldn't so thought I'd seek some comfort from MN - DH is snoring obliviously next to me smile

cuppateaandagingersnap Tue 21-May-13 01:31:52

Ooooh, good luck, sounds like you're up! I just can't sleep, feeling a bit funny but in a very non specific kind of general achiness kind of way, 40+ 6 now since its officially past midnight but dont think tonights my night! keep us updated!

mildred37 Tue 21-May-13 01:33:50

Will do! Going to try and get some more sleep now, it's wearing off a bit. Hope you manage to get some shut eye xx

blondieminx Tue 21-May-13 01:41:19

Ahh fingers crossed for you Mildred!

Can you do some hip circling (holding onto doorframe etc for support), and have a nice hot chocolate?

megarobotdiscoparty Tue 21-May-13 06:53:03

Good luck mildred! Very exciting indeed.

Do we have any news from Purr yet?

Still on the starting blocks here at 40+2, loads of BH but nothing remotely like a contraction. Midwife today. Have been offered a sweep but not feeling much like being rummaged about with tbh! Getting my head round the fact that LO may be in there for another week or two.... in fact I seriously think I might be pregnant forever.

How is everybody else doing?

mildred37 Tue 21-May-13 08:18:10

No news from me I'm afraid - I'm a grumpy cow this morning! Managed to get back to sleep around 2am and it's all stopped. Thank god the midwife is coming to do a sweep today or I'd be stomping around like Godzilla today!!!!

Notafoodbabyanymore Tue 21-May-13 09:45:47

Just some encouragement here ladies, it does end (I know you're all aware of that) and the waiting very soon seems like a distant memory!

I know people are a bit wary of castor oil, but it worked for me 4 weeks ago, also worked for both my mum and my nan, each of them induced 3 babies with it, all 2 weeks early. Depends how desperate you are (and if you can get hold of it!)

Good luck to everyone, hope you don't have much longer to wait. Have a brew in the meantime.

mildred37 Tue 21-May-13 10:18:17

Where can you get castor oil from - supermarket? Chemist?

Sat on my gym ball watching homes under the hammer, I lead such a glamorous life grin

Fakebook Tue 21-May-13 12:06:44

I really really wouldn't recommend castor oil. It contracts your stomach and gives you the runs and if passed on to baby can cause them to poo out the meconium inside the uterus which is dangerous and that's the last thing you need.

Honestly, just relax. You'll need the energy for labour.

tasmaniandevilchaser Tue 21-May-13 12:37:30

I can promise they all arrive in the end. Even mini tas, 12 days overdue. I was induced with the prostin gel, nothing happened, then it all kicked off that night, with mini tas nearly being born in the corridor! It was a lovely quick easy labour, v surprising after the last one. Wishing the same for all of you still waiting.

mildred37 Tue 21-May-13 13:01:22

It's so nice reading all your stories smile

Sweep done, wasn't too bad actually. Am 1cm dilated but she could stretch to 2cm as cervix was nice and soft smile had quite a good poke about, said she could feel baby's head very well and hopefully it shouldn't be too much longer now. Booked in for another one next Tuesday, pray to god I won't need it! smile

megarobotdiscoparty Tue 21-May-13 13:08:59

Congrats Tas!! Sounds like a fab birth, always encouraging to hear positive induction birth stories.

mildred rubbish that things have eased off. stay positive if you can- every niggle is a step closer to mini-mildred! crossing fingers for your sweep.

cramps all day here but pretty sure they're nothing exciting as not even close to regular. so sore though! had no idea niggles could be so....niggly! nobody warns you about this stuff...sure paracetemol and a bath will sort it out as usual [dramatic sigh emoticon]

Hang on in there ladies...we'll have some more babies on this thread soon!

megarobotdiscoparty Tue 21-May-13 13:10:50

x post mildred - excellent news! sending speedy baby vibes....

mildred37 Mon 27-May-13 21:23:22

How is everyone doing? My niggles turned out to be a loss of plug but thats all....I'm now 41+1 and due another sweep tomorrow. I shall be begging her to break my waters!!

Any baby news??

samsmother Wed 29-May-13 22:47:55

Hey Mildred been thinking about you :-). How's things?

mildred37 Thu 30-May-13 07:57:25

Hiya! I'm fine thanks, 40+11 today and still no baby! I'm booked in for an induction tomorrow so am going to enjoy my last day of freedom lol!

s0fedup Thu 30-May-13 09:38:17

hiya, can I join please!
I am 38+4 and soooo fed up!
This is my 3rd (and final) baby so trying to enjoy my last pregnancy but I have been really suffering with SPD so been in excruciating pain for the past couple of weeks!!
My dh wants her to wait til she is 'cooked' but the thought of 10more days at least is awful!!
I have tried bouncing on ball (tricky with spd) walking (cant with spd) rasberry leaf capsules, evening primrose oil capsules.... arghhhhhhh!!!!!!
How is evertone else doing?

elsabel Thu 30-May-13 09:54:59

Hi, been lurking around and thought id join smile

Im 39+4. Midwife said im fully engaged and could go any day (but could also be a while). So obviously im symptom spotting like mad! Getting regular BH and the odd mild pain.

s0fedup i feel for you. Ive got sciatica and it makes this last part so much worse!

mildred any chance of little one turning up today and saving you the induction?

mildred37 Thu 30-May-13 12:31:00

There is always a chance! I was contracting yesterday afternoon/evening, and its started again today but could all stop again. Just need to wait and see!

Know how you're all feeling - I was told baby wouldn't hang about and would be here before/on/not over due date, but here I am 11 days over still pregnant. Go out, spend money and enjoy your last days of freedom while you can!

emjay78 Thu 30-May-13 14:34:35

Hi eveyrone another lurker/ joiner if that's ok! I am 39+1 with my first and 2/5ths engaged, but no signs of labour starting at all. Really tired now and can't wait to meet my little one, but have tried everything i can think of (apart from castor oil, yuk) to get he/she moving! Everyone has been telling me for weeks that i am bound to be early but turns out they were all wrong - i can see this dragging for another couple of weeks yet unfortunately. Am slowly being driven mad by all the comments and questions from friends and family - any tips on how to keep sane and pass the time?

elsabel Thu 30-May-13 14:42:15

Hi emjay i dont know of any tips, but i am going mad by it all to, especially the comments like 'i think youre gonna be late' by people who dont have a clue!

Im just trying to keep moving and doing lots of walking, cant really suggest anything else! Baby had better come soon as im spending so much money not being at work and having too much time on my hands!

bigkidsdidit Thu 30-May-13 14:42:54

I'm 38 weeks today and fed up now. Meant to have another week at work but going to finish tomorrow (guilt about that as haven't finished handover notes etc). DS at CM as normal until 20th June so I am relaxing!

I am so so tired. And uncomfy. There is not a single position I find comfortable. My ribs are bruised from the big bum in there and I can't wee properly so need to go every 10 minutes. I'm in a terrible grump!

Mildred good luck. My DS was induction adn even though it was a very medical birth, and not the hypno one I was thinking of, it was lovely, and I remember it fondly smile

emjay78 Thu 30-May-13 14:49:15

thanks elsabel - snap - i am spending cash like it's going out of fashion - i seem to want/need something new every day as i am so bored! Thanks for the tip - i haven't really left the house over the last day or two as i have been a bit cold-y but I will be dragging DH out for a walk (to the shops, probably smile) later to see if that helps - if nothing else it'll give my fat backside a bit of exercise!

Oh and best of luck mildred and i hope all goes well!

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