If so, this baby should hold off a few days. Because my lungs are definitely not working right now.
Remember that non-existent fever Owen had last week? Well, it may not have shown up on my thermometer, and it took a few days to turn into anything, but eventually, over the weekend, it turned into a lovely little upper respiratory infection for Owen. Which of course I got. Nothing major, but it seems to have hit me a little harder than it hit Owen (gee, you think my body’s kind of busy working on something else right now???).
So Owen is back onto his previously-normal routine of inhalers and breathing treatments and I am on a steady course of cough medicine (approved by my doctor and midwife), albuterol inhaler (thanks to my pregnancy-induced asthma) and hot tea. Hot tea when it’s 90 degrees outside just feels… wrong. Thankfully he seems to be feeling fine the last day or two and only a cough is lingering (the curse of an asthmatic child), so he’s back at school. I, on the other hand, am still working and now am also barely sleeping due to hacking coughs. Nice, eh?
Speaking of tea, I’ve started drinking red raspberry leaf tea again like I did around the same time when I was pregnant with Owen. Actually, I think I started a little earlier with my last pregnancy, around 36 weeks. In any case, red raspberry leaf tea is thought to reduce the pain of contractions, possibly shorten the 2nd stage of labor and strengthen the uterus. In addition, it has lots of vitamins and minerals that support the immune system (which I desperately need right now!) and may even lower blood sugar in women with gestational diabetes. It stimulates the uterus, so most pregnant women are advised to avoid it until later in their pregnancy, or at least not to drink more than 1 cup a day. With my last pregnancy I drank 2 cups a day during 36 weeks, 3 cups a day during 37 weeks and 4 cups a day during 38 weeks… and then Owen popped out. Who knows if it had any impact on my labor or uterus, but hey, a few cups of tea are not a hard thing to try. I make a big batch and drink it iced throughout the day.
I’m hoping this baby can sense that now is not exactly the right time to come out, since I can’t imagine trying to breathe through labor when I can barely breathe while doing absolutely nothing. Also, I’d love for him to make it to 38 weeks to do a little more growing. That said… we’re ready any time!