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Angie’s Pregnancy Guide: Week 36 – Delivery Rules

I had my 36-week appointment, and was warned ahead of time that I would have my Group B Strep test and if I wanted my cervix checked, I could have that done as well.

Because of the cramps I mentioned having last week, I wanted to know if my cervix was progressing. And what do you know, the doctor didn’t have to go far to find my cervix, and said, “Wow, his head is really low; you must be feeling a lot of pressure.” Umm yeah, ya think? She also said my cervix was very thin but not dilated yet. I asked her if his low head is what will help the cervix dilate and she said, “yes, that and contractions.” And whaddyaknow, I have uterine irritability which means contractions all the time! But I’m pretty sure that when it comes to going into labor, there’s no such thing as a sure thing. So I’m not getting my hopes too high. But at the same time, I may or may not have installed a carseat and packed a hospital bag and be ready to go whenever this baby is ready. But again, definitely not getting my hopes up…

Delivery Room Rules – The Grapevine

But since there is a possibility any day now that baby could come, I’ve started actually writing down some of my wishes for my delivery. Since we moved, my husband and I haven’t been alone without our daughter in months. To be honest, having this baby is the closest thing to going on a date we’ve had in months, how sad is that?! I’m looking forward to spending time with just him, but am already dreading being away from my daughter for so long, too.

Mom problems.

So an important part of my delivery plan is to reduce distractions, especially cell phones. I don’t want us both glued to our phones chatting, texting, or calling friends and family when our eyes should be on each other and our new baby. So I’m setting up a grapevine system where we each alert one friend or family member and they already have a list of who to call or share the news with. Then we don’t have to worry about making a dozen calls and taking pictures for a billion people. We can enjoy the moment and those precious first few hours and days in the hospital, and let someone else take care of sharing the news. Of course the line will be cleared for my mom so we can stay in touch with her and our daughter. But other than that, no taking calls, no social media, no work, no school, no emails. Just us and our little piece of heaven.

The NIGHTMARE of teaching our daughter about the new baby

So for those who have older children, how did you prepare them for a new baby? Because things have been going well for us until this week…

Throughout my entire pregnancy she’s been really excited about the prospect of a baby coming and being a big sister, and we’ve talked about how she can help when he cries and the things she’ll teach him. It’s been great.

But…

When my daughter had a MRSA infection on her rear-end, the doctor, nurse and I had to hold her face down on the table while he drained it and it was horrific and undoubtedly the worst thing she’s ever been through. Now when I change her diaper or wash her in the bath she always makes sure that I’m not going to “squeeze her like the doctor.” It’s really, really sad.

This past week we started talking about the baby coming as we often do and she told me, “I just want the baby to come out and go to the doctor.” And I said, “why would he go to the doctor?” and she said, “I just want him to go to the doctor and the doctor will squeeze him.”

My eyes widened in horror

That is the meanest thing her little mind could think of to say about this baby.

I replied, “Oh no! That would be so sad! We don’t want to take him to the doctor for that unless he gets an infection.” And she said, “But I just want him to!” Then we had a talk about being nice to the baby and she was tired which meant she was defiant and she argued that she didn’t want to be nice to the baby and just wanted him to get squeezed by the doctor.

I didn’t really want to make a big deal about it in hopes that she’d forget, and she hasn’t said anything since, but now I’m a little worried. We have since discussed the baby coming and she’s been back to her normal excited, nice self, but in the back of my mind I’m still a little nervous and kind of worried about what she’d do if I left her alone with the baby and she was in a “mood.”

Induction Follow-up

Okay, let’s talk a bit about that list I made last time about induction techniques. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I am actually brave enough to try. Castor oil is out because gross. Maybe I’ll change my mind if nothing else works but for now, no.

Eating an entire pineapple – is that even possible? I’m not sure I want to try that one. I probably will if the easier options fail, but that one’s not high on my list either.

I have noticed that driving makes my contractions worse, and it’s probably because the roads are a bit bumpy and rough around here. So I’m thinking of taking to the nearest shopping center and hitting up some speed bumps.

Spicy food will be easy because of spicy chicken fries, so let’s just hope that those do the trick.

Some other suggestions people have offered are massage and sideways stair-climbing. I am MUCH too clumsy and accident-prone to attempt sideways stair-climbing. I would rather NOT be in a full body cast when delivering a baby.

But I’m thinking massage is another easy one to try, so I’ll bump that one up on the list as well.

What were some last-minute preparations or plans you made in the few weeks before delivery? Any advice for teaching older children about new babies? Share below!

Author Info

Angela Silva

Angela graduated with her B.S. in Exercise and Wellness and is a NASM certified personal trainer who specializes in postpartum fitness and recovery. She enjoys writing, cracking jokes, and spending time with her family, preferably while fishing. She shares many of her life adventures on Instagram as @angelagrams

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