Ok, so I'm not *quite* a week overdue...6 days - just about. I know I'm still within the normal range, but I'm getting to the point where I'll do just about anything for this baby to come (short of castor oil and a pitocin induction). The longest they'll let me go is until Friday - 9/3. I've tried pressure points (with and without clary sage EO) and relaxing with the Hypnobabies Fear Clearing track. Both of my girls were overdue - DD1 was 4 days and DD2 was 3 days according to LMP, but 7 days according to O date. My previous labors started after a couple of nights of DTD...but we haven't been doing that. My cervix is pretty ripe - on 8/16 I was 2+ cm dilated, 70% effaced and very soft, so I don't feel like I necessarily need the prostaglandins, but I read that orgasm can release oxytocin...does anyone know anything about that?
Anything else I can try? I don't really have $$ to go out and buy any herbs or anything, so it would have to be free or really cheap
Ugh, I'm sorry. I have so much admiration/sympathy for anyone who goes past their "guess date".
Orgasms definitely make me contract, even from the start of pregnancy.
(TMI to follow)
We had sex the morning we had Daniel to get things going- I don't think I even Oed (after 8 weeks of pelvic bedrest, it was not our most wonderful sex ever) but I think just the act of having something in there poking around and stirring things up definitely got things going. Certainly doesn't hurt anything, right?
I'ma assuming you've tried nipple stimulation and long walks and stuff? Nipple stim is what got my sister Lori's most recent labor going.
Nipple stim totally got my last two labours going. I used an electric pump for nipple stimulation. Great thing is that if it feels too intense you can just stop with the stimulation.
Castor oil helped with #3 too and it wasn't nearly as bad as everyone told me it would be. Infact, I got tons of great contractions but no cramping or diarrhea. I would definately try it again if I go postdates.
I haven't done walks...I've heard that all it does it wear you out. We did walk around Target today, though. I don't feel like I've had as many contractions this time around, which kind of worries me. Even doing the pressure points doesn't make anything happen. I mean, I'll have them here and there, some stronger than others, but I thought they'd get more frequent by now.
What's the best way to do nipple stimulation?
I think we'll definitely try sex tonight. You're right...it couldn't hurt! It would be funny if she made her arrival tomorrow sometime - as both girls were born on Sundays!
I found it easiest to use a pump. I used an electric pump on the lowest setting. 10 minutes on 5 minutes off, for an hour. Switching sides every once in a while. Got contrax coming every 4 minutes both times.
Thanks Emily. Sorry, I didn't see your previous post - I was typing! I have a double pump, I think I'll try that. Does it affect your milk in any way? I would hate for milk to come in and me still be pregnant! Though I would guess that you'd need a lot more stimulation than just an hour for your milk to come in.
I don't think I'm quite ready to try castor oil quite yet. If I get to the middle of next week, I think I'll do it. But it's good to know that it doesn't give everyone diarrhea!
Last edited by LornaRose; 08-28-2010 at 07:10 PM.
The thing that triggers your body to produce milk is getting rid of the placenta. No worries about any amount of pumping at this stage in the game! Your milk will wait for baby, and your body will continue to produce colostrum until your milk comes in.
I would think that even if the sex doesn't "ripen" your cervix anymore, maybe just the act of being intimate with DH would help you, maybe not to go into labor but I know I always feel like a saner person after a really good intimate session, you know, the kind that makes you melt on the inside and relaxes every last muscle in your body. Ask him to put forth his best love making skills to help you relax, maybe a nice long sexy massage that leads to the "goods". I know Ina May talks about kissing during labor and how the act of kissing relaxes a woman and helps her get into a good contraction pattern, so make out like teenagers at a drive inn for a while beforehand too Maybe that would be enough for your body, if not, it would at least be fun
Just a thought!
1st, they don't "let you" or make you do anything. It's your body. You decide. If you don't want to be induced on Friday, they can't do anything about it.
2nd, do you know what position baby is in? Malpresentation can delay the onset of labour. If babe isn't in a good position, maybe try some suggestions from spinning babies?
3rd, is chiropractic care an option? Some insurances will cover it. An adjustment might help align things so that the baby can get into a great position and help speed things along.
The bottom line though, is that in a healthy pregnancy with a healthy baby, the baby decides when it's going to come. For some that's at 38 weeks, for others, like me, it's 42+ weeks.
She's definitely head down, usually on my left side. Either LOP or LOA...but probably LOP. I usually feel hands in front. Although...right now I can feel her back across my belly, which makes me think she's LOA or OA. I did just spend some time on my hands and knees, so maybe that allowed her to rotate. When I was checked last Monday, the MW said she was at a -1 station, and I'm pretty sure she's dropped a bit since then.
I've been seeing a chiropractor regularly since I found out I was pregnant. My last appt was 8/16. I will definitely go this next week if she hasn't come this weekend.
I know that anywhere between 38-42w is normal, I'm just getting nervous about induction. I've technically never gone this far "overdue," so it's making me anxious. I know, every pregnancy is different - and this one definitely is different than my other 2...I was just hoping it would be different in that she would come early...lol!
I used my pump a couple hours ago - only for 30 minutes (off and on) because I started to get some fairly good contractions. As soon as I stopped, they slowly went away, but I'll still have one every now and then. I don't want to do it any more tonight, for fear of causing contractions that just linger but don't allow me to sleep. So I'll see how the night goes, get some sleep and maybe try it again in the morning!
Thanks for the help everybody! I'll keep you updated! And if you have any more suggestions, feel free to share!