Post # 1
Alright bees. I need some help. 38w4d along with baby girl number two. Number one just had her sixth birthday.
I had my last OB appointment yesterday morning before I am induced Tuesday morning. She knows I *want* drug free but am open to meds if necessary. They are inducing at 39w1d because the medication I have to take has risks on the baby as well as my condition.
At the appointment I was still for the third week in a row only 2cm dilated. I have been having tons of contractions that are irregular and on tuesday the baby dropped. From what I understand with second babies this doesn’t normally happen until you are in labor.
The ob said she was pretty sure I wouldn’t make it to the induction date and did a membrane sweep. I came home, went for a walk, ate an entire pineapple and had some “fun” with DH. Got some contractions that didn’t ammount to anything and here I am still no further along it seems.
I would really like to go into labor without pitocin if I can but it seems like no progress is being made. Any old wives tales or anytHing you have heard of to get the process to speed up? I’m kinda against the casteroil idea though, the pineapple has wreaked enough havoc on my stomach, id prefer to avoid more of that lol
Post # 3
Mrslovebug: Get some more pineapples, but this time only eat the cores. I know it’s such a waste but the core is where the bromelain is! Otherwise I got nothin’.
Post # 4
Nipple stimulation (either with a breast pump or manually).
Good Luck! Sounds like you’re close to going spontaneously anyway. If it reaches the point of going through with the induction, maybe talk to your provider about starting at the lowest possible dose of pitocin, turning it up slowly, keeping it at the lowest level that gives you regular and productive contractions …
I really wanted to go med-free as well and ended up needing a small dose of pitocin to kickstart things when labor turned into a dragged out stop-and-start affair. But I was able to successfully go without an epidural or other interventions besides the augmentation because my midwife was good about keeping the dose as low as possible.
Post # 6
my cousin said walking on an uneven surface (I have other people who told me the same thing)…so like go outside and walk with one foot down on the street and one foot up on the sidewalk….for some reason it like shifts your pelvis….one hip higher then the other??? I cant remember exactly why but Ive had a few people swear by it. Take a few long walks like that ….and go up any stairs sideways (same motion)
Post # 8
Mrslovebug: Spicy food made my mom go into labor with my younger brother- but she hates spicy foods, I bet if you eat alot of it already it wouldn’t do much….
Post # 9
I started trying to induce labor at 38 weeks because I was so uncomfortable. I tried everything and nothing worked. I had to be induced 9 days late. The only thing that I think helped was a membrane sweep followed by sex and then bouncing on my birthing ball. It didn’t put me into labor, but it did help me dilate.
Post # 10
Walking around… Sitting on a big ball… You want to put pressure on the cervix so let gravity pull baby down. Please dont do the castor oil. Yes it works. But it also gives you super strong contractions, with explosive diarrhea… Its not pretty. Your better off getting the induction meds from the doctor…
Post # 12
Thank you all, I will make a quick trip to the store and get to working on these tips.
With my last daughter I had a membrane sweep, walked around for thirty minutes and ate pineapple. I went into labor that day and had her at 1:08am. Was hoping it would work thid time but it seems my belly is too cozy for the little one to want to come out lol
Post # 13
more sex! the prostaglandins in semen are a natural inducer
Post # 14
raspberry leaf tea, I see someone posted it before me
Post # 15
Honestly, I tried all of the above and nothing worked. Sometimes they just don’t want to come on their own. I had to be induced, but it was the cervadil gel (not sure why the doctor would jump to pitocin right away) and that got things moving.