Post # 1
So, I’m being induced March 26. At my ultrasound on March 15, cervix was long and closed. March 18 my cervix was soft and 2 cm dilated, I lost my mucous plug. OB said it’s possible I’ll go naturally before the 26. I still notice a good bit of cm most times when I wipe. Do you continue to excrete while you dilate?
I’m really nervous about the induction, mainly the pitocin, I’d really like to labour naturally. So I’m hoping I’m continuing to dilate and perhaps a round of gel will be enough to get labour started.
Post # 2
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Increased CM (particularly liquidy mucous) is a part of the cervical ripening process, so it could be! Unfortunately, there’s no way to say 100%, but it’s a good sign. You could try a few other natural ripening techniques (intercourse with ejaculation, orgasm, evening primrose oil, etc) and it might increase your chances. 🙂
Post # 3
It does sound promising!
But in case things don’t happen naturally, don’t be too scared of the Pitocin. I had it, they start you off really slowly with it. I had no negative reaction from it, they increased it gradually and it helped me dilate more (only reaction I had at all was violent shakes from my epidural).
Post # 4
I think you continue to expel more of the cervical mucus as you dilate, I think the dilation is what causes the mucus plug to pass (at least that is my understanding). So I think it’s a good sign (as far as things getting ready)…but you can dilate (and pass your mucus plug) and still not go into labor so I don’t know if it’s a good sign that you’ll go into labor soon, unfortunately. I hope the gel works to send you into labor!
Yesterday I was pretty anxious and pacing for a few hours and it gave me cramps and increased discharge, so hopefully those cramps did some work! Guess I’ll find out Wednesday at my appt…
Post # 5
I am fairly afraid of the Pitocen too so I don’t blame you at all. My midwife told me to drink red resberry leaf tea to help get the uterus ready to push, she also has a number of other tricks with caster oil and different herbs for ‘sticky’ babies that do not want to start labor naturally. It might not hurt to call a birthing center or a midwife that works at your hospital to ask if there are any at home tricks you can try to get labor going without being induced.
Post # 6
globalmargaret: Thanks. I’m under the care of both a midwife and an OB. My midwife is very much pro being physical to getting labour started (walking, squatting, sex) vs. teas, tinctures, castor oil, which can just not react with someone very well. So I’ve been walking lots … and I think it’s working. Think I had my first “true” contraction about 2 hours ago (forced me to sit and really hurt). Nothing since.