Tuesday, July 29, 2008


I had my acupuncture appointment this morning to try and get labor started. It went well I guess. I'd never done acupuncture before so I didn't quite know what to expect. Most of my time there was spent just giving background information, going over my health and pregnancy history and so on. She was quite surprised/shocked at how swollen my feet were and thought it was strange how suddenly the swelling and redness stopped right above my ankles.

We started the treatment and she inserted 8-10 needles on each leg so 16-20 needles total. They were all in my lower legs (below the knee) with the exception of the ones that were in my hand in the web between my thumb and pointer finger. Inserting the needles didn't hurt but I could feel it when she hit the "spot". Again, it didn't hurt but it was a strange sensation. Kind of like a burning sensation only not hot. I know that probably doesn't make sense but I don't know how else to explain it.

After insertion I just sat there and every once in a while she would come over and twist/move the needles. I asked her how long after a treatment a woman would usually go into labor. She said it's usually that night or within 48 hours. WOOHOO! That sounded good to me.

Then she proceeded to say "but I don't think that is going to happen for you quite yet. Your response to the needles isn't quite what it should be if the baby was ready to come."

Talk about bursting a gals bubble. She set up another appointment for me for Friday to coincide with the midwife stripping my membranes. She seems to think that the two procedures may have a better chance of setting things in motion if done at the same time. She will also set up an appointment with me for the following Monday when the midwife will srip membranes again should Friday's stripping not work.

She also told me that I am not resting enough. I'm too active and I need to rest more. I already feel like a lazy slug for sitting around as much as I do. She did make a good point though. She said, you're not just sitting around, you're housing, feeding and growing a child 24-hours a day. That's a big task. I guess she's right. She was astounded that I actually vacuumed the entire house yesterday evening. Apparently I shouldn't be doing things like that, shopping, etc. She said walking with the dog in the neighborood is really good but all of the other "extra" stuff should be cut out.

I'm really disappointed. Yeah, she could be wrong about the whole labor but more than likely she's not. Yeah this baby will come when she's ready. I don't need anybody to tell me that. I'm just extremely disappointed right now.


Monica said...

Ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch. And I'd like to add that I'm sorry it didn't go well, and hope she is wrong!

Barbara said...

that's why they call it the practice of medicine

mckme4 said...

I completely feel for you! I am patiently awaiting my second child's birth (due 8/7) but was 13 days late with my first... Sadie will arrive soon and I think you will be able to experience the water birth you are hoping for! Can't wait to hear your good news!

Ellen said...

Yeah, acupuncture can sure be weird. I actually enjoy it, but the first time was very strange. We're sending good thoughts across the world to you and Sadie!!

GeorgieGirl said...

Aw... I'm so sorry the wait is so long. It has been interesting reading your posts about the procedures they go through to bring on labor. I had no idea.

Amy said...

Of cour$e $he $aid you need to come back a $econd time!