(Closed) Need the baby to drop! (Ways to self-start labor?)

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

And yes walking definitely works – at my last appointment they told me that I was nowhere near giving bith, so I went on a few very long walks and my baby was born two days later.

Post # 17
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

So to add, I tried everything except castor oil and nothing worked so I ended up being induced.  But I tried everything: sex, spicy foods, long walks (3miles), squats…pretty much everything you could read about online.  NOTHING WORKED!  Not even a single contraction lol. I hear castor oil usually works if you’re over 41 weeks and take as directed by someone but I certainly would not try that at 37 weeks because all you will probably get is diarrhea.

I think you would be best off with trying to do some yoga positions, mopping your floor on your hands and knees, etc. to try and help baby drop a little bit and maybe open your pelvis some.  Prenatal yoga is pretty good for these types of positions.  You could ask them to focus on some with you.

Post # 18
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Busy bee

GrannyPantiesRock:  Ughh!!! Yes. Literally every post on Facebook these days are “He/She is in the 97th percentile!” … Every. Single. One.

Either someone needs to update their charts or they are full of crap!

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I’ll co-sign spinningbabies for attempting to get baby in position. As for starting labor, there’s really nothing you can do but wait for baby to start it. It’s probably for the best that way. Baby should be delivered when baby is ready, not when mama is ready. 

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My baby was 95 percentile. I naturally went into labor at 37w 5d. I worked a full shift on my feet and ate jalepenos the day my water broke. I felt great the whole day and told my mom “no sign of baby.” Baby was 95 percentile in length at birth and 70 something for weight. She was stuck in my pelvis but I delivered her after 5 hrs of pushing. Most would have had a c section by then but the baby was tolerating labor just fine so they had me keep pushing. If I went to 40weeks I would have had a c section for sure.

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you’re going to have a c section either way, 41 weeks is way better than 37. Try to push I or as far as humanly possible. Odds are your baby is not actually that big anyway, and these last couple weeks could be so crucial in development!

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Choreographer82:  

Just tell her you are not comfortable scheduling a c-section. Period. This is YOUR body, your baby. You have the final say. I really don’t understand why your doctor is pushing for a c-section rather than at least an induction if she’s so eager for the baby to come. There are so many benefits to going through labour, even if you do end up getting a c-section in the end. You doctor may have been great up to this point, but her advice  in this matter would make me seriously reconsider her judgment. 

Post # 24
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Sugar bee

Choreographer82:  This is absolutely crazy to me. At my 36 weeks appt my baby was breech, and my OB didn’t even say “let’s schedule a C section”! This is your body and your baby. You absolutely have the right to say no. 

Post # 25
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Busy bee

Choreographer82:  I would schedule an appointment with someone else to get a second opinion. There’s no reason for her to push this on you without a legit medical reason.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Choreographer82:  Personally I would not consider baby’s size to be a compelling enough reason to schedule a c-section without at least trying labour first. Stand your ground, its your body and your baby so you need to advocate for yourself and insist your doctor give you a more compelling reason if she’s insisting on a c-section. 

Post # 27
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I don’t get why she won’t even let you TRY to have a vaginal delivery. If she thinks it’s best to induce, that’s one thing, but I’ve never heard of a doctor who wouldn’t let someone try for a vaginal birth for size alone.

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

you cannot safely induce a baby if the head is ‘floating’ above the cervix. there is a high a risk of cord prolapse if you induce with the head not engaged.  how about getting wheeled to the OR with a nurses hand inside you, elevating the babies head off the cord while you are prepped for an emergency c section, possibly under general anesthesia? It’s not that fun of a time. (I have been the nurse riding on the bed with you).

i bet that is why she is pushing for a c section. not so much because of the size. But, size might be a reason the head is not engaged into the pelvis. if the head is engaged in the pelvis, it is safe to try an induction. if the head is not engaged and is ballotable and floating, it is not safe. 

you can really say no to any procedure. you really can. no doctor can force you into anything.

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Choreographer82:  You should look at the website evidencebasedbirth dot com and the info they have on induction / c-section for size.  As PP’s have said, my understanding is that estimating size based on ultrasound is very inaccurate at this point in pregnancy and scheduled c-sections for size concerns are not really up to date with the current evidence.  I can say that even from following my month board (I’m due this month) so many women have had their doctors tell them one size and then they delivered their babies and the babies were a totally different size (have a friend IRL where the same thing happened too).  That said, medical practice varies widely by provider (for better, or usually for worse) so I doubt you’ll have much luck convincing your doctor otherwise.   But you could potentially show him/her some of the studies referenced on the evidencebasedbirth website.  Good luck. 

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

She can’t force you. So don’t schedule it. She’s going to keep ramping up the pressure on you but there is no reason you can’t wait and see how you do in a few weeks. 

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