I was reading up on natural ways to induce labour (i dont wanna go past my due date lol) and i found somenting about taking semen orally to help induce. i mean i heard that it helps to soften the cervix through having sex, but orally? i have a sneeky suspicion that a man came up with that one.... im surprised it doesnt say that it only works if taken directly from the source! lol.... but if anyone knows of this actually working i may give it a try...... if im completely desperate that is lol.
Labor and Delivery
omg i think i had a show today. im not sure if it is or not because i didnt loose the plug until my waters broke with keira... its weird, like discharge but thicker and browny colour.... is this a show?
feel really odd today too.... cant explain it, just ODD!
Simon (my partner) seems quite worried as he is texting me alot, normally he doesnt bother when he is at work, but he keeps checking in to see if im ok. its dead sweet really!
anyway, i will have to keep myself calm... im sure im imagining it!
im a bit worried at the mo, the other night i was having contractions every 12 minutes apart but they stopped after 2 hours. i think they were contractions... it was lower back pain, my whole belly tightened up and a period cramp like feeling in my abdomen that was quite strong. I went to see the ex-midwife who lives next door to me and she said if it happens again i should go into hospital as it could possibly be a sigh of a UTI or pre-term labour. Today ive been having all sorts of wierd pains.
Dear Ms Ultrasound,
I got pregnant with my first child in 1997 -- 4 years after my father had passed. After what felt like a thousand tests and ultrasound and heartbeats I was told I was having a boy. I had a midwife at the time and was supposed to have birth in a beautiful place called Babies by the Lake.
by Colette Bouchez
A woman's tolerance of pain may have more to do with the power of her reproductive hormones than the strength of her muscles.
That's the theory a group of Michigan researchers presented Feb. 18 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Denver.
"Our studies have shown that although pain is influenced by both genetics and brain chemistry, it is clear that gender and hormones also play a role in our individual response to pain," says Dr. Jon-Kar Zubieta, lead researcher and a University of Michigan neuroscientist.
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Dear Mr. Dad,I'm taking a childbirth class with my wife but it really seems geared toward the perfect birth. I know they can't cover every single unexpected thing that could happen, but how can we prepare for contingencies?
My wife is 8 months pregnant. We've done a lot of reading, taken childbirth and parenting classes, and we thought we were ready for anything. Then just the other day, a friend asked what we were planning to do with the baby's placenta. Frankly, the question had never even occurred to me or my wife. But now that we're thinking about it, it seems strange to just throw it out. Do you have any suggestions?
The third trimester the worries switch from what crib or bedding to such concerns as: What if I don't bond with him/her right away? or What if my midwife doesn't answer the phone? The weeks leading up to the birth can be tiring, exciting and terrifying all at the same time. Shellie shares ways to easy your discomfort and your mind.