I am currently 3 days before my due date, and my cervix have thinned slightley, and dialated a fingertip. My doctor is a vary old fashioned practitioner, and does not believe in inducing unless you are at LEAST 2 weeks overdue. I am very miserable and unable to rest atnight or follow through my daily activities because of the massive weight gain I have incurred with this pregnancy. I have been on bed rest for 3 months and am ready to just get this over with. My other kids need me too, so the sooner I can get this over with the better. At my last ultrasound a week ago the baby was averaged out to be near 7 and a half pounds already and so I know it will be fine. If you have any suggestions that would help it would be much appreciated!
P.S. I would rather try things like nipple stimulation or something rather than drugs and castrol oil, so if you know of anything it will be much appreciated! Thanks again!
I took an herbal mixture the last 4 or 6 weeks of my pregnancy and I was dialated to 4 cm for 3 1/2 weeks. Then I had my daughter 3 days earlier than the due date. I know it's a little late for you to try herbs, but maybe it's worth a try. The ones I took were actually recommended by my midwife. Obviously they can't prescribe them because they are not FDA guaranteed. But I believe they worked! My labor only lasted 3 hours. You might want to try looking up some herbs that stimulate uterine contractions. Sorry I can't give you the names, but I can't remember which ones actually stimulate contractions and which are just more a strengthening herb for the uterus. And I know nipple stimulation and orgasm have proven to work too as the above reply stated. Good luck with your labor and delivery, and congratulations in advance!
I have heard that clary sage oil will stimulate contractions. It's an essential oil that should be mixed with a massage oil and rubbed on the belly. Maybe your significant other could combine this with the two other nice suggestions in the earlier posts. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wink.gif">
It's nice cuz you don't have to ingest anything.But don't do it too much before your due date though (i think mother nature knows best about these things). i don't have personal experience with the clary sage, I never made it past 38 wks.
Incidentally, I have heard that nursing mothers should avoid sage; it can dry up your milk... and fennel will stimulate milk production.
Umm basically, you have to walk and pray a lot. There is little medical science that proves any of the nipple stimulation ect. works. Biologically, yes orgasms and semen have pitocin like qualities bvut not enough to start labor. Now, if you enjoy having sex constanly(don't we all??) and pinching your nipples go ahead. But, I have done all that the first time a around and researched it..it doesn't work!! The due date is a purely fictional date. MANY babies come before or after the date...few come on that date. The due date is supposed to give you a time range. It is not set in stone. I knew the exact day I got preg. b/c it was the only day I had sex and I was marking it on the calander..my son still came 5 days early and his due date was changed 3 or 4 times. The best way to get the cervix to dilate is for the baby's head to push down on it. Walking will help some. I'm sorry to tell you but the cervix will open in it's own time not yours. I walked around 3 cm dilated for 2 months and ended up being induced and having a c-secton. The only sure thing that will open the cervix is contractions..and maybe pitocin. I'm sorry to bring you down but it is true. Now if someone out there has an exercise that will open a cervix on command don't you think a lot of overdue women would not be overdue?? Heck, with my son I WISHED there was a way to open that sucker. But all the sex, nipple pinching, spicy foods and car rides down bumpy roads won't work. Maybe you should try what I tried...talk to the baby..he/she is the only one who really has much to say about the whole thing. Well, maybe your doc does too!! I know the wait is awful and you are ready for this to be over...but it will happen in it's own time. Unfortunately, it is never our time. And when it happens you will look back on the preg. with fond memories of all the sleep you got! Good luck and I'll pray for you..I understand your struggle completely!!
Smile, life doesn't last that long.
I want to thank you all for being so kind and replying to my post on here! I know that only the good Lord (and the baby... <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wink.gif"> )can make this happen for me! I just thought some ideas might work...you never know! I have been pregnant before and it never seemed this long, or to be quite honest...this miserable! I just wanted to let you know that I thank you guys for your help and support, and I will keep you posted on when the big day arrives! Thanks again!
you can increase pressure down there which may encourage your cervix to dilate by squatting like a small child does, flat feet spread wide apart, butt hanging kinda low in the middle, not a pretty picture, lol but it may help. Just be sure you have something to steady your self on and if you feel ANY joint pain STOP and try a slighty different position. It REALLY worked for me, in early labor so much so that i did not like the feeling of so much ummm "opening up" and didn't do it anymore. In my case this was my last baby and i was just not ready to birth her, but she had other ideas....guess who won?