"You are the poem I dreamed of writing. The masterpiece I longed to paint. You are the shining star I reached for, in my ever hopeful quest for life fulfilled. You are my child. Now with all things I am blessed." - Author Unknown
This girl came into the world in a way I find hard to describe.
We had heard every heart-wrenching difficult child birth story and since I had been so horribly bed-ridden sick for the first 5 months, we prepared for the worst. I won't get into details, but everything from praying through contractions to watching our sweet girl be born on a mirror - it took our breath away. Of course it was painful, but dare I say,...I enjoyed labor and delivery?
Yes, contractions were painful, but as a woman who experiences extreme pain once a month anyways, it was a pain I was unfortunately already somewhat acquainted with. When contractions started the day before her birth, I woke at 3:30am and couldn't sleep so I started scrubbing my floors and answering last minute business emails. It was several days before her due date, but I knew this was it and I wouldn't have time or energy to clean for weeks!
Kavs and I ran errands throughout the day to keep our mind off of things. We stopped every time a contraction came so I could catch my breath. When they became difficult towards the end, he would take a tennis ball and run it along the small of my back until it was over.
Here we are...timing contractions. I laughed at the idea of an app for this, but my goodness did I adore it!
When I was all connected and waiting for dilation, they turned out the lights and told us to try to rest. Of course I couldnt. I journaled to Mila and prayed for our unborn baby girl.
Then...it was time to push...
12 minutes later...she arrived. Our hearts burst.
There simply aren't words for this kind of heart-swelling unconditional love.
Daddy? He was instantly smitten...
Before Mila came...I researched all kinds of natural remedies to assist in labor and also to induce it.
I cant say that any of these are guaranteed remedies, but in our situation, they all seemed to work!
First, there was pineapple. I was told it was a labor inducer, so I ate an entire pineapple two days before. She came 3 days early...so this may have helped?
Two days before I started drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea in the morning and evening. Tastes lovely and is also meant to induce labor.
I popped Primrose oil pills. They are said to soften the cervix and since she came so quickly, again, I would imagine perhaps they helped!
Lavender Essential Oil was diffused in our room during labor and it gave the room a lovely spa scent. It also proved to helped to stretch skin during labor and delivery.
Finally, I had a wonderful friend lend me some clary sage! I was told it would help speed up dilation and effacement by my beautiful friend Heather. The incredible thing is, as soon as I rubbed it on, I dilated from 6 to 10 cm in 45 minutes!
I cannot guarantee these products will work for everyone, but I am thrilled to share them if they make your L & D more manageable! I would so love to hear if they work for you!