Labour of love
Pregnant woman hoping snow shovelling will help induce labour
A pregnant Sydney woman, who is two weeks overdue, is hoping a little snow shovelling will help induce labour.
Like thousands of other Cape Breton residents, Sydney’s Jolene MacInnis has spent more than a little time this week helping to clear the driveways of her Whitney Pier home.
“It hasn’t worked yet, but I’m trying,” said the 37-year-old, who is expecting her fourth child. “I’m ready to give birth, I want to give birth and I’m trying everything I can to get the labour going.”
She knows some folks might be concerned about a pregnant woman shovelling, especially given the severity of the area’s recent snowfalls, but MacInnis said she’s really not doing much more than pushing some snow around and getting some fresh winter air.
“I love being outside and I’m not doing any lifting — just gentle activity,” she said, adding that she and spouse Patrick Iannetti are ready to make the move as soon as the baby (she’s expecting a boy that she plans to name Geovonni) lets her know that the time has come.
Meanwhile, thousands of Cape Bretoners flocked back outside on Thursday to deal with the latest accumulation of white stuff that has fallen in near-record numbers over the past few days with more than 70 cm falling during the nor’easter storm that assaulted the area on Monday and Tuesday.
The recent storms have been a boon to private snow plow operators and to larger firms such as Delio’s Services, a Whitney Pier company that counts snow removal as a good part of it’s business.
“It’s been busy this week, we’re going all out — the big storms are hard work because they require so many hours on the equipment,” said Delio’s owner Paul Delesandro, who erected a snowstorm index sign beside his Victoria Road office. On Tuesday, the indicator was on extreme, but by Thursday morning it was moderate before dropping to low in the evening.
As the Thursday progressed, the snow became more and more heavy as the temperature warmed, resulting in some large and deep puddles of water on streets and roads through Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The mercury hit the 4 C mark by early afternoon, but dipped back below freezing once the sun went down.
And, the wet, heavy snow was bad news for many, including Sydney’s Marie MacIntyre, who spent a portion of the afternoon smashing her way through the giant wall of snow in front of her residence.
“A plow takes care of the drive, but I’m just tidying up in front here and I am taking my time, a little bit at a time, that’s all you can do,” she said.
“But, enough is enough, there’s been enough snow — we need a break.”
The good news is that Environment Canada’s short-term forecast is not calling for any storms, just the possibility of flurries over the next few days when the daily high temperatures will hover just below the freezing mark.
Despite being two weeks past her expected delivery date, Jolene MacInnis has been outside shovelling snow over the past few days in hopes the physical activity will help induce labour. However, the Sydney woman, who loves being outside in the fresh air, said she’s being careful not to do too much. MacInnis was one of thousands of area residents who returned to their driveways to deal with the latest snowfall to hit Cape Breton.
Delio’s Services owner Paul Delasandro plows out a Lingan Road residence on Thursday following the latest snowfall to hit Cape Breton. Delasandro says February’s onslaught of bad weather has been good for the Whitney Pier-based business that relies heavily on the seasonal snow removal services it provides.