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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Baby Harper update

I had my 38 week check up yesterday (Tues May 1) and I was really hoping I was dilated to at least 1 cm so my midwife could "strip my membranes" which is basically loosening the water bag from the uterine wall and is thought to kick start labor. In order to ensure I was in fact dilated, on Monday I began drinking LOTS of red raspberry leaf tea (which supposedly causes contractions) and taking 2000mg of evening primrose oil gel pills (which is supposed to soften the cervix) and eating pineapple (another way to soften the cervix).

Turns out my efforts were successful! I am 2cm dilated and 60% effaced. She did strip my membranes, which is VERY painful, and sent me on my way. When I had this procedure done with Avery, I had her the next day! However I was a week further along than I am now, and I also bled a LOT which I think helped things along. My next appointment isn't until May 10th, the day before my due date so I am hoping I don't make it!

I am continuing my efforts and plan to add a lot of walking to that even though I have lots of leg pain, by going to the Sea Life aquarium today, the Wild Animal Park Thursday, and possibly Legoland Friday or Saturday! We also want to spend as much quality time with our little girl before we turn her world upside down and make her a big sister!

Avery loves poking my now outie belly button back in
and watching me giggle and squirm like I am the Pillsbury Doughboy. Fun times.

1 comment:

  1. What if Harper was born in a zoo?! That would be an awesome story. :)