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Natural Ways to Induce Labor


I’m writing this a little earlier than usual. Right now, I’m 40 weeks and 1 day. My patience has run out, and I’ve tried just about everything to get this dude out. It’s particularly important to me that he get here soon, because my father and brother are currently visiting from Ohio. They came here with the expectation that the baby would be here, so there’s pressure to perform!

So far, I’ve done the following:

  • Sex
  • Nipple stimulation (not as hot as it sounds. It’s actually repetitive at best and creepy at worst.)
  • Walking
  • Rolling around on a pregnancy ball
  • Spicy food
  • Massage
  • Membrane sweeping done at the OBs (This is where the crunchy mommies roll their eyes. Maybe they’re right on this one. The process hurt like hell, I almost passed out, I’m still bleeding from it, and so far it hasn’t gotten anything started, This was done yesterday morning and it was supposed to maybe worked within 48 hours.)

I DID NOT try the castor oil thing. I researched it, and it seems like a good way to get dehydrated. Plus, I’ve had a cold all week, and I really don’t want to be sicker than I already am during labor.

Anyway, hopefully I’ll post this from the hospital, but know that if I’m still home, I’m not going to be a happy camper. I’d really like to do some comics about babies soon!

About carrtoons@gmail.com

Chelsea Carr has been cartooning for over ten years. Currently, she works as the editorial cartoonist for Harford County’s The Aegis and The Record. She has also had her work included in MAD Magazine, b, and Baltimore’s City Paper. Chelsea holds a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (2005) and an M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University (2011.) In addition to cartooning and being a first-time mother, she has worked as an elementary school art teacher.

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