kiwi doesn’t work to bring on contractions
I’ve been patient the past 9 months. I didn’t complain (much), I didn’t throw hideous mood swings (much) and I was blessed with a pretty easygoing, symptom free pregnancy (most of the time, excluding 1st trimester). So I have the right to want the baby out of my belly now.
Yesterday’s doctor’s appointment didn’t give me any new news. Weight unchanged, blood pressure good, blah blah blah. I asked the midwife if it looks like the baby dropped more. She said it didn’t look like she dropped. Which pissed me off, since a different midwife told me I DID drop a few weeks ago. Either baby scooted back up or nobody really knows what they’re talking about. Personally, I can feel that the baby has dropped, since I’ve been breathing easily the past few weeks, and since I’m short, maybe I just don’t LOOK LIKE I dropped even though I did.
The midwife also said guessing by my size that the baby is probably 7 lbs. right now. Excuse me? At birth I was around 6 lbs., and my husband was around 7 lbs. I was born at 40 weeks and 3 days, and he was born on his due date. So the fact that I have 11 days left and the baby looks like it’s currently 7 lbs. makes me panic. Of course, it’s just an estimate, nobody can really tell how big a baby is until after its born. But I don’t want to push out an 8-9 lb. baby in 40 weeks.
So my question is, why are babies so friggin big nowadays?! The average weight of a healthy baby a few decades ago was around 6 lbs., right? And now it’s about 8 lbs. I know it’s not my weight gain, so don’t even go there. I’m pretty sure I gained the same amount as my mother did when she had me. So what was different? I’m guessing it’s our diets. I bet I ate a lot more junk food, fast food, processed crap than someone did 30 years ago. So the problem isn’t necessarily HOW MUCH weight you gain that makes you healthy or not, it’s HOW you gain the weight. Makes sense right?
Or I can blame my husband for his freakishly enormous baby genes wreaking havoc on my body soon. Because it didn’t come from my side.
My midwife said she puts babies in 3 categories: small, medium and large. She put my baby in the small category. I don’t understand how 7 lbs. is small. My husband thinks maybe she meant the baby will be 7 lbs. at birth and that we misunderstood her. Let’s hope I’m wrong.
All that being said, I went home after my appointment and ate 3 kiwi. You know, since kiwi is said to bring on contractions. Then I ate my dinner with chili sauce. I only had 4 contractions within one hour this morning, then they disappeared. I went on my morning walk today and walked uphill at the park for maybe 30 minutes, then back down the hill. No contractions.
Since pineapples were 2/$1.00 at the store, I might buy, like, 10 of them and try those out this weekend. I’m talking my husband into taking me to a Sichuan restaurant this weekend and ordering dishes with chili peppers (since spicy Chinese food is said to work). I heard curry works too, so maybe Indian food will be good. I will eat everything that’s rumored to bring on contractions EXCEPT castor oil. That stuff is nasty. So far the only thing that brought me a handful of contractions were buffalo wings I had last weekend.
The only thing I’m worried about is if I’m overdue and am pushed to get an induction, which involves drugs. Or even worse, I end up with a C-section. So for now I’ll keep trying my spicy foods and walking like crazy until the baby just falls out of me.
If anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to share them.