I remember from when our eldest was born that this is an odd stage of pregnancy and second time round is no different. I don’t want to venture far from home in case I am needed and I’ve been feeling tense for days knowing that I’m going to be dashing off to hospital at any moment.
This is also a time for swapping dubious suggestions about how to induce the birth. You’ll have heard them a hundred times; eating spicy curry, eating pineapple, stimulating the nipples and of course having sex.
I’ve never felt entirely comfortable with this final suggestion. On the one hand there’s a perfectly viable theory behind it. According to Baby Centre semen contains prostaglandins which can relax the uterus. On the other hand, this is a, well, messy way to encourage the baby into the world.
We all know the medical team must deal with blood, placenta, urine, amniotic fluid and so on. Having to deal with the father’s semen on top of this is surely above and beyond the call of duty?
To my surprise, however, my wife has been given detailed instructions by a health professional about how to induce labour by having sex. This individual clearly isn’t bothered about dealing with a little additional mess.
On the other hand, if you feel the urge at 40 weeks and are capable of acting upon it then I wish you all the very best. After all, it may be a little while until you get the chance again!