Do you think anyone will ring social services to warn them of me?
Please don’t. Of course I won’t punish my boy for being late. Till date, he’s 2 days late which apparently is very common for first-time mums (according to my gynaecologist). However, this last stretch has proven to be a test of my patience. Suddenly I’m fuelled with immense energy to walk everywhere to every single spot in Frankfurt just to get things moving, but to no avail.
Instead of counting the seconds and watching out for every sign of him coming, I thought I might as well enjoy my last ME-time. So I visited Oheim Café in Frankfurt for a drink and cookie with David Mitchell’s memoir, Back Story, in hand. Of course, I can always rely on him to make me laugh. In fact, it has been ages since I read a book that made me laugh out loud in public. Unfortunately, you’ve got to know his on-screen character to hear his voice as you read to find it funny I suppose. But then again, who buys books of people they don’t know or never heard of?
So yes, we’re counting down. In Germany, the doctors will let you wait up till 10 days (assuming that the baby is doing fine) before deciding to induce labour. For the first 7 days, a CTG of the baby will be carried out every 2 days to ensure a healthy heartbeat and to check for contractions. After which, the doctors recommend a CTG on a daily basis till the 10th late day. According to my gynaecologist, this is the norm. However, I’m pretty sure things might differ depending on your pregnancy and what your doctor thinks is best for you.
The last stretch is indeed the most difficult. Apart from the physical burden of the baby that causes hell a lot of inconvenience and discomfort, I’m at the point where I just want a cuddle with my little man and nothing else. It’s really hard to concentrate on doing other things or run errands. However I shall try. I shall try to enjoy my ME-time as much as possible before my attention seeking little man rules my day (and night).