Hey friends! Figured we were about due for a little shop talk...dontcha think?!
I'm gonna let you in on a little secret...actually, more of a nursing "pet peeve", that we labor and delivery nurses share.
It's the "uncomfortable mama syndrome"...aka TOBP, or "tired of being pregnant".
Now, don't get me wrong...I know we all get uncomfortable and anxious to be "unpregnant" at the end of our pregnancies...believe me, after 5 pregnancies, I know!!
But, see...here's the catch. We signed up for this. When we decided to have a baby, this is what we signed up for...we become second to our growing babes, and we make certain sacrifices for them.
Such as suckin' it up when your hips hurt, your back hurts, you can't breathe, you can't eat and you can't walk.
It comes with the territory, my friend.
Aside by me...about the whole "signing up" for pregnancy...even if you didn't "officially" sign up...when you choose to "shake hands" you're signing up.
That's the potential outcome you have of "shakin' hands" whether you like it or not. You have 50% odds of getting pregnant every time you shake hands...as in, either you DO or you DON'T become pregnant. (I know, I know...there's a lot more math involved, but the truth is...you either walk away pregnant or not pregnant. 50%. End of story.)
Okay, aside is over...back to the original post...
I cannot tell you how many times we have had mothers come to the hospital at 36 (or sooner) weeks who "just want to be done" and honestly, truly, want to be induced. Usually because she "had a baby at *insert preterm weeks here* and it did just fine".
Well, guess what uncomfortable mama? Your baby needs YOU to grow it. Not the NICU. I realize, and I am entirely grateful for your other baby, that he/she did "just fine" being born preterm...but you'll NEVER convince me that it's okay to deliver a preterm baby just because you're uncomfortable.
Heck, I have a hard time with 39 week inductions for "maternal discomfort"!!
Welcome to the last weeks of pregnancy. It ain't fun, honey...but, it's NOT about you!
Please know, that I am not talking about preterm inductions for medical reasons. There are truly legitimate reasons...but, sore hips is not one of them.
I know I've mentioned it before...but I really wanna write a book. A pregnancy book in which I will be entirely frank and forthright about pregnancy and the joys and hardships it brings with it.
Heartburn, aching backs, losing all ability to take a deep breath...all of it.
Pregnancy is great...but, as anyone (or most anyone) will tell you...those last few weeks suck (heck, for some people, all 40 weeks suck).
They really bite the big one.
But, we suck it up. Because we're big girls...and we should be the ones suffering, not taking the chance of having our wee little babe suffering in the NICU.
So, my fellow mamas...remember, when you have a babe growing inside you...it's just not about you anymore.