Congratulations Mama, you are almost there! Within a number of days, you are going to be snuggling with your beautiful little one, breathing in that gorgeous new baby smell :)
That is exactly what I want you to focus on. It's generally at this stage when heavily pregnant women who are right near, or have passed, their 'estimated due date', get understandably really frustrated. They just want this baby outta here! I totally understand, I do.
However, I'd like you to flip your mindset for a moment, and instead of thinking negatively, and feeling incredibly impatient, I'd love you to start looking forward to your baby's birth. Understand that within days, or weeks, you ARE going to be a new mama. Take a moment to bring your hands down onto your belly, and take a big deep breath in, and a very long exhale. Do that three times, with a half smile on your face and repeat quietly 'my healthy baby is coming'. Understand that right now, baby is doing exactly what baby is meant to be doing and all is well. Remember that the beautiful hormone of love, oxytocin, is the hormone that moves along your labour and progresses your dilation. This hormone is shy and does not like the limelight. So in order for it to flourish, you need to create a really warm, safe and loving environment. Remember that oxytocin is present after an orgasm and during intimate moments with your partner. I call it your 'Love Nest', and that is what you want to re-create at home.
If you are in a position whereby your hospital is telling you that you will have to be induced if baby doesn't appear by a certain date, that can be hard to manage emotionally. At a time when you are trying to stay relaxed, this can in fact just make you more anxious.
So, how can you naturally encourage your baby to 'get going'? Baby will move when they are ready, but here are some things to do when faced with a looming induction:
Ultimately, it is now thought that baby releases a protein when the lungs are ready, which triggers labour. Obviously we have no impact on this, but do remember R.U.M. - if you can keep Relaxed, Upright and Mobile, your body and mind will be open and ready for your birth journey.
If you'd like help getting baby into a good birthing position, feeling comfortable and strong during your pregnancy, and having an active, short labour, check out my Own Your Birth online program.
Helen Plass is a Pre & Postnatal Fitness Specialist, and Yoga Instructor, working with women and their birthing partners to achieve a comfortable, healthy & happy journey into Pregnancy, birth and Motherhood. She is known for her very practical & non-judgmental approach to pregnancy and the crazy times of motherhood. Check out all her communication at NurtureMamas.com, and if you are in Ireland, her local business MumandBaby.ie