Post # 1
So, I’m not under any delusions that an induction is going to go the same as a natural birth where the baby just easily comes all by itself, but since my only other option is a c-section if I don’t go into labour in the next week and a half, I’m trying to do everything possible to make sure I don’t need the oxytocin drip.
I’ve asked to be given a membrane sweep, then a pessary, then have someone break my waters all before the big drugs (giving each a day or two to work) but I don’t know if that’ll be enough. My mum’s labours all started with her waters going sans ripe cervix, and she never really dilated on her own with any of my 3 brothers or I (despite some of us not budging until 42 weeks), so I worry that I’ll be in the same situation.
Essentially, I’m just wondering what I can humanly do (besides walking and sex) to help ripen that baby up so that 1) it is open enough for my initial membrane sweep next Friday and 2) it dilates nice and quickly following aforementioned low-intervention induction options?
Post # 3
Evening primrose oil and red raspberry leaf tea. I haven’t used either but a bunch of momma’s on my June pregnancy thread did. One saw success after a larger dose of epo for 3 days.
Post # 4
@UK Bride: Well I’ve heard of certain teas and then there’s the castor oil thing. The tea I never tried. The castor oil I did, but only once and because I was desperate not to be pregnant anymore. 2T in an ice cold glass of coke. Couldn’t even taste it. Now some people would say that’s crazy or coincidental, but I drank that at 9pm. I woke up at 5am to get ready for work and I thought I maybe be starting labor. I went to work and by 9am they contractions were 5 minutes apart. May be coicidence, or may be the castor oil. We’ll never know. However, you should read up on it if you want to try it. It can cause some unpleasant side effects and it would only work if you were pre-disposed to labor already, as in effacing and a little dilating.
As far as induction goes, ask them if you can try cervadil first. It’s a “pill” that they put up your hoo-ha to help ripen your cervix. I was induced twice, once with pitocin drip and once with cervadil. The cervadil was much easier to handle IMO. I also needed my water broken for 4 out of my 5 pregnancies. Try not to worry about what your mom went through. My labors were nothing like my mothers. Also entertain the idea of an epidural. I had a natural labor and it really wasn’t that bad, but with pitocin…just really consider it. And lastly, try not to worry too much. Stress will only impede your progress. If you can get them to let you shower (nipple stimulation) before picotin (in my experience once you get on the drip you stay in the bed until the baby comes out. period.) that should help too. So relax, think about the baby smoothly gliding out, rock your hips and go with the flow. 🙂