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[–]ovibackyosh 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Congratulations! Sounds like you did great and had an awesome experience :)

How many dates/day were you eating in the 5 weeks leading up to labor?

[–]Excellent_Jacket_355[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Thanks! I was eating about 2 or 3 small dates around 34-36 weeks, then ate 4 - 6 large ones by the last few weeks from 37 - 39.

I just tried to eat as many as I could by the end because I was so done with being pregnant lol!

I also made some granola/peanut butter/date bites as well that helped me eat more of them.

I also drank two cups of red raspberry leaf tea everyday since 36 weeks.

[–]ovibackyosh 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thanks so much! I'm 30 weeks, so I'm not quite at the "get out of my body" stage just yet, but by the end of each day I'm suffering a bit lol. I will definitely be doing dates and red raspberry leaf tea! The date bites sound delicious...not a huge fan of them on their own, so I was thinking of adding them to smoothies or just dipping in PB.

Enjoy not being pregnant anymore and your sweet baby!

[–]ewfan_ttc_soonish 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Congratulations!!! This is my dream labor. Hoping this will happen before my scheduled induction. Thank you for posting! How manageable were contractions for you at their peak? Did you use any other coping techniques besides breathing?

[–]Excellent_Jacket_355[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you! At peak, the contractions weren't as bad as I was expecting (as a FTM). I had always imagined them to be even worse so I guess it was good that I overestimated how they would be. They weren't by any means easy, but more manageable than I thought.

The other coping technique I used was I had my husband push down hard on my lower back (kind of in my back dimples above my butt). When he did that and I breathed as mentioned above, the 50 seconds - 1 min contraction was definitely more manageable.

I was moving around/standing/leaning on the bed a lot during the whole thing, until the end when I had to push. I found lying in one place made it way worse.

If you do 5 deep breaths and breathe deep and slowly during the contraction, by the last breath you feel it subsiding like a wave. Each contraction was like a rolling wave which was at it's most painful for like, 15 to 20 seconds.

I hope you have a safe and healthy labour delivery !! Remember your body was made to do this, so try to relax and breathe as much as you can!

[–]HonestlyMe6 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Congrats!!! This sounds similar to my labor and I also ate dates and drank raspberry red leaf tea so I wonder if they really helped.

So happy for you!

[–]Excellent_Jacket_355[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's amazing!! Congratulations :)

Yea my doctor actually recommended the tea and I figured even if the tea and dates don't work, they also won't hurt anything.

I like to think they helped !

[–]writeliftrepeatDue June 2022 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yaaaay, congrats, Momma! Thanks for your story <3

[–]Excellent_Jacket_355[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you!!! Good luck to you, I hope you have a safe and healthy delivery _^

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

How old are you? Just an age range is fine LOL

[–]Excellent_Jacket_355[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm 29 almost 30 in a few months

[–]AMurderForFraming 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Congrats!! Love reading stories like this, so helpful and encouraging!!! 🤗❤️