I'm 39w6d with my first child. I'm not dilated at all and Annelise does not have her head in my pelvis. I'm taking evening primrose oil, 1000mg orally and 1000mg vaginally, every night to help ripen my cervix, but now I need help getting her to descend some.
My doctor told me that because this is my first child and her head isn't in my pelvis yet (she's still 'floating around') my chances of having a vaginal birth are only about 10%. I'm not sure that the actual numbers are that low, but I was on spinningbabies.com last night and they said something similar. I want to be in that 10%. I don't really want an induction but am willing to do so if I get to the point that we need to do something in a few weeks. Until then, please give me your suggestions on how to get Annelise to descend some.
I'm having plenty of BH contractions and even a few that may be actual contractions (they hurt instead of just being uncomfortable). Having sex is not an option right now, as my husband is out of town until Wednesday night and then will only be here for a few days. I don't have to go into labor thisinstant, but I want to do everything I can to encourage Annelise to move down. As of this morning, I've sworn off sitting/laying on the couch, I will only be sitting on the floor or my exercise ball. One of the things that spinningbabies said is that your posture while relaxing on the couch isn't conducive to getting the baby to move down, so I've started with that. Any other suggestions? I keep hearing that I need to walk, but how often? For how long? Does doing squats actually help?
Edit to add: From Spinningbabies.com: "If a first time mom's baby doesn't engage into the pelvic brim by the time labor starts (or doesn't during very early labor) her chance of having a cesarean is far greater than for women whose babies have "dropped." First babies usually drop around 38 weeks or two weeks before the due date. Some earlier some a little later."
I'm just asking for suggestions to help her drop before I go into labor. I'm not trying to make my daughter come out on her due date, I'm not trying to make her come out before she's ready. I just want to know what your suggestions are on things to do to encourage her to drop.
Second Edit: I understand that many doctors use this kind of situation as an excuse to push a mother into having a section and appreciate the reminders that my body can do this without having surgery. I do not feel that my doctor was trying to scare me, nor do I feel that she will push me into having a section. I am taking what she said to me as encouragement to be proactive during this last portion of my pregnancy and trying to work with my body to get the outcome that I want. I am confident in my ability to birth my daughter once I go into labor and in my ability to refuse a section, as well as many of the interventions that are pushed on laboring mothers. I have discussed my preferences with my doctor and with my mom (who will be my partner in the delivery room) and will have a written birth plan present.