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Of all the 6 birth experiences I’ve had so far, 4 of my babies were labeled by my Doctor or midwife as being “overdue”. I really don’t pay much attention to the label anymore. Unfortunately, because it’s their job to worry about you and your baby’s safety, caregivers usually will want to get things moving when that due date rolls around. I don’t think it’s safe for me to give any medical advice, as I’m not a medical professional, Thank God. But what I would say about my own experience might surprise most people.
When it comes to getting a baby to get born already, the number one priority for me is peace of mind and heart. In case you didn’t notice one of the things they check at every appointment- it’s your blood pressure. They are trying to monitor how much stress you and your heart are under.
So if you’ve been sitting out in the waiting room for a while and you’ve brought your children along with you, or there’s a high stress situation going on in your home or life, your blood pressure will usually be higher than normal. Many times I’ve had nurses admit to me that their blood pressure tests can easily be influenced by normal stressors. The reason I say this is important is because one of the Most important things I believe for Life and Pregnancy is PEACE. If you are easily worried and stressed it can keep you from enjoying even the most important and beautiful times in life.
A lack of peace can also keep you from progressing through labor or stunt it. So I’ll share what I usually start doing about a week before the babies due date, and when I feel it’s time for the baby to come.
- I settle myself down inside and worship.
- I start telling my body to get ready to have the baby. I will go through a list of things I know my body must do, changes that it must make in order for the baby to safely and easily be born. It really helps to watch an animation of what actually happens during childbirth. But stay away from scary videos that might build fear and fight Peace of mind. A woman’s body was created to be able to birth. You and your baby are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139
- I start telling my baby to get in the right position, head down, face up and to get ready to be born.
- I make myself a playlist of peaceful, beautiful worship music for the baby to be born to.
- I sing over the baby and myself and include everything I want to happen.
- I watch inspiring videos on youtube about women that have had easy deliveries and beautiful supernatural births. I even do a search for pain free labor and birth.
- I go about my normal duties and housework and keep myself busy but peaceful. Making extra meals for the freezer or preparing extra food so you can really rest and relax after the baby is born really redirects your thoughts and energy into productive activity, and a good, hopeful expectation.
- I don’t worry about due dates and I tell curious friends and family to just pray and will usually bust out into a prayer right then before they can start pestering or annoying me.
- I don’t let people speak fear or disaster around me, especially at this precious and vulnerable time. I always ask God for a scripture to do war with my enemy (the devil)- should he show up. I’m thinking about making some printable coloring pages to put up around the house for me and anyone that comes into my house to see and be encouraged by. I know there are some that already exist out on the internet. I’ve googled pregnancy coloring pages and gotten some pretty cool images I could have printed out. Most of that stuff would not be safe for me to put up on my site because of copy write laws and such. So if I make some, I will share them here.
These are what I do when I know it’s time for my baby to be born. All things should be lifted up to God in prayer. He’s the One that gets to choose the baby’s real due date. I would never want a baby born before it’s time. But never underestimate the power of walking in peace, prayer and worship.