Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Turning my frown upside down

(see post below as to why I was bummed out today)

I went out for dinner with my mom tonight (Ryan has Tuesday night classes)- so Maeve and I go out to the studio around 5 or so and then we eat w/ my mom during her 2 hour break. Today, my midwife, Laura was out there... she asked how my appt. went today with the doctor and I told her. She said that she would happily strip my membranes at 38 weeks... I can't tell you how big my smile got! I know that its not a FOR SURE thing. But I'd really like to avoid induction so there's this glimmer of hope that at 38 weeks I potentially COULD go into labor. She gave me specific instructions on what to combine with the stripping of the membranes... a long walk...an *intimate* session w/ the husband (haha... I don't think that will happen at 38 weeks). In the meantime I'm chowing down on as much pineapple as I can find (apparently it has something in it that ripens your cervix?) and walking like there's no tomorrow. Hopefully in a couple of weeks my cervix will look GREAT for a membrane strip! :) Any other tips on ripening up that cervix???

9 comments:

Angie B said...

oh good..I love Laura :)

Kase and Jules said...

Walk your butt off!! I walked every night for 30-45 minutes and it helped me so much! We didn't have much sex though, kucky! GOOD for you! get your dang membranes swept! :) I have both times :)

Leslie Collins said...

Hate to break it to you, but sex! hahah. I know, it sounds awful that late in the game, but I have heard it can "shake" things up.

I had my membranes stripped...I hope that it is successful for you.

Ashley said...

haha yeah Laura came right out and said "call Ryan up and have some sex!" RIGHT in front of my mom!!! HAHA- my mom was like "oh wow I've never heard of that." haha... it was a tad uncomfortable. :)

Ashley said...

OH- Julie- meant to ask you- did it work for you? I don't think it did the 2nd time b/c you had to be induced right?? But did it work the first time?

And Leslie- I was looking over your posts from Ruby and I thought I had read somewhere that you got your membranes swept and went into labor that afternoon- true?

Kase and Jules said...

Ash it just helped me dilate a lot on my own. But ya they did induce both times :) He stripped my membranes and sent me home to get my stuff to head to the hospital both times. I was a 2 with Griff and be did it then an hour later I was a 4 :) It helps with dilation but it can also put you in labor :) I am soooo flippin' excited for you!!

The Paulk's said...

Never had the membrane thing, but I used to "use" Ty all the time for sex! I was always told that helps things and I think it actually did! :) I went into labor both time shortly afterwards...okay, that's too much information :). Good luck!

Sarah said...

She was right...something in male ejaculation will do that to your cervix. forget the *intimate* part, as long as it gets in there LOL> good luck.

Ashley said...

haha don't worry shelby- the blog is all private and everyone who reads it is a woman! (and most of them are moms!)