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37w3d - second pregnancy 
5th-Dec-2012 04:01 pm [home induction methods]
The last time I saw my obstetrician was last Wednesday, Nov 28 and I was completely closed up. When I saw her this morning for a regular check up she said I'm 2 cm dilated and 50% effaced.  She also swept away my membranes too today. I haven't started to induce myself but am considering it now. I cramp all day (which started about 2 weeks ago) until 9pm when I start having contractions until I finally fall asleep which is usually close to midnight.

Any suggestions on what I can do to get the ball rolling?

Note: I try and walk but it is hard living in a rural community and the next mall is 40 minutes away and its very cold and unfortuantely very windy outside right now. The best I can do is walk around inside my house. I've been trying to having as much sex as I can but my hubby and I have a very hyper 2 year old who doesn't like naps ha ha.

I tried castor oil when I was overdue with my first and it was something I wish I never had taken, it was gross.

EDIT: I am asking for suggestions not opinions.
5th-Dec-2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
There are TONS of things hat people think will induce labor, but IMHO, NOTHING is going to work until your body and baby are ready. You are only 37 weeks, I would not be trying anything at this point.
5th-Dec-2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
Yes I am aware baby will come when they're ready. I just really don't want to spend Christmas in the hospital. My due date is Dec 23.
5th-Dec-2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
My due date was the day before Thanksgiving and baby came on her own with no help from me exactly one week before her due date and I was home for Thanksgiving. Actually 2 other ladies with the same due date as me gave birth the same day as me too. It's like we planned it, but we didn't!
5th-Dec-2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
Hopefully it goes the same for me. (:
5th-Dec-2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
Agreed, 37 weeks is way too early to think about inducing. Babies come when they are ready, most are not ready at 37 weeks.
6th-Dec-2012 12:20 am (UTC)
yes thank you, So many young girls on tumblr are trying to induce at 36-37 weeks. I am 30 weeks and I cannot imagine giving birth in six weeks. My bub needs more time then that.
6th-Dec-2012 02:09 am (UTC)
Exactly. And I say this as a mom whose baby arrived at 37 weeks and spent nearly 2 weeks in nicu with breathing troubles and jaundice. Not worth risking going early.
5th-Dec-2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
I'd say it sounds like your body is doing what needs to be done on it's own. You shouldn't have to do anything extreme beyond that. None of the "diy induction" techniques will really work unless your body is ready anyway. Do you have a birthing ball you can bounce on or stairs in your house to climb up and down?
5th-Dec-2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
I do have stairs which I've done a few laps on. I wouldn't know and DIY inductions tips anyways, I never tried any with my first, only the castor oil when I was over due and that didn't even work.
5th-Dec-2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
My due date is the same as yours and completely feel the whole "i want it over with before Christmas" thing. There are so many things people "suggest" to help things move a bit sooner, but I'm not sure anything is tried and true. I'm doing the same as you, walking, sex, nipple stimulation (I heard it releases chemicals), but I'm not counting on anything working, just hoping hoping hoping she comes before-hand.

Good luck!
5th-Dec-2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks and you as well. I heard the nipple stimulation takes time though. Hopefully we both are home for Christmas with our babies.
5th-Dec-2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
Have you been drinking red raspberry leaf tea at all? I haven't used it yet but from my understanding it helps get things going in later pregnancy. You might try doing some reading on it and start drinking if you feel that might help you.
5th-Dec-2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
Great thanks!
6th-Dec-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
There is nothing to support that helps induce labour. All it does is help tone the uterine muscles to help make labour easier, not come easier. Its actually even a relaxant which do not help bring it on. It has been historically used to even calm cramps and contractions...which as far as I am aware, you need it the other way around if you want to bring on baby quicker.

-Disgruntled health store worker who is sick of the constant stream of misinformed pregnant women.

6th-Dec-2012 12:00 am (UTC)
My baby came on his due date ... I will say that, although I'd been drinking red raspberry leaf tea and taking evening primrose oil for at least three weeks, what actually helped me go into labor was having sex (this is the first time I've admitted this). When I had sex at about 38 weeks I nearly had something happen, but it tapered off. At 39w5d, I tried again, and this time I went into labor within like six hours. Now obviously, this could have happened anyway, but for me personally, it did the trick when nothing else seemed to work (I wasn't even dilated or effaced at all on Tuesday and gave birth on Sunday, after being in labor all Saturday).
6th-Dec-2012 08:25 am (UTC)
I went 9 days overdue but labour started the morning after we had some cervix-bumping sex, too. I had lot's of sex through out my pregnancy, though, and it never triggered contractions before, so yeah, in my case the prostaglandine only worked when son wanted out, apparently. :P
6th-Dec-2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
Ya with my first we must've had sex 3 times a day, I had to beg for it when I was over due lol. I never cramped or had contractions after either.
6th-Dec-2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
The raspberry tea does help, not sure if it's the warm beverage or the tea but I feel more relaxed.
6th-Dec-2012 12:41 am (UTC)
Sex helped for me, but again, I had sex at 38 weeks and all it gave me were cramps.
6th-Dec-2012 01:23 am (UTC)
if you went overdue with your first there's a good chance you will be home for christmas, still gestating.

I went overdue with my last 3 and probably tried everything other than castor oil. nothing actually does anything.
6th-Dec-2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah that's what I am hoping for but you never ever know. Especially for family to come into a hospital on Christmas day would make me feel bad.
6th-Dec-2012 05:28 am (UTC)
I was the same as you with my first.  started trying natural induction techniques around 37w but I was being induced at 38w for legit medical reasons and was trying to avoid it.  sex, stairs, teas, breast pump, yoga, brisk walks... nothing worked. if your body isn't ready, it just isn't ready.  inducing before the baby is ready can have risks too, even if it's just a week or two.  if it makes you feel better to try some things I say go for it as long as your doc is okay with it.  just don't be disappointed if they dont work.
6th-Dec-2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
I walk mainly because the baby feels like he's right in my vagina. I am a petite woman so I feel as thought I don't have much room either. I'm too nervous to try anything until after my due date but to do something that requires no drugs before my due date would be great.
7th-Dec-2012 06:32 am (UTC)
I get that you don't want to hear this, but my 37 weeker put in 8 days in the NICU. We were home for Christmas, but it was NOT WORTH IT. His birthday is Tuesday and it makes me so very sad every year.
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