Labour of love

Preg­nant woman hop­ing snow shov­el­ling will help in­duce labour

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID JALA

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.

DAVID JALA/CAPE BRE­TON POST

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.

DAVID JALA/CAPE BRE­TON POST

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.

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