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post #881 of 964

My midwives won't offer anyone a stretch and sweep, but they will do them if you ask (just like cervical checks).  I only know because I asked, but otherwise it may have never come up in conversation.  They don't really seem to think that they work though...
 

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Kali- I don't think it's a cop out at all to ask for a stretch and sweep.  Your mw may refuse to do it, but I doubt it.  Follow what you feel you need!



AFM:  It's another day and I'm still pregnant.  I didn't sleep well last night because my hips feel crampy and sore and I was having a decent amount of very mild contractions..  Maybe today?

post #882 of 964

:-)  It seems so up in the air with who's going to go into labor next.  Now I'm excited to find out.  I should really go take a nap before DS's preschool is done...

 

 

post #883 of 964

goodvibes.gif To all of us!  goodvibes.gif
 

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:-)  It seems so up in the air with who's going to go into labor next.  Now I'm excited to find out.  I should really go take a nap before DS's preschool is done...

 

 



 

post #884 of 964

Abra- My midwives are the same. No cervical checks ever unless they feel it's warranted (almost never, not even in labor) and likewise, no sweeps unless you request one. I had hubby check me last week though, that's how I found out I was at about a 5. I don't think I've been dilating since then though. It's been a pretty quiet week until the last couple of days.

 

I can't believe it's been 2.5 weeks since I had all that bloody show and a few real good bouts of "false labor" and things are just not happening. I always though I'd be pregnant this long until all that happened and then I thought there was no way. I'm doing pretty well emotionally and I'm able to enjoy each day for what it is but seriously, come on! I'm ready to meet this kid about now!

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jasmin85: Congratulations!!!! What a big boy!

 

Abraisme: *hugs* I feel ya on the no sleep part... every night my sleep gets worse.

 

willsmomm: Sorry you had great labor signs weeks ago- my 2nd baby was like that and it was hard!

 

I took about 2 oz of castor oil this AM (bleh) and rubbed some on my belly. We'll see. 40 weeks today!
 

post #886 of 964

Kali -

 

Let us know how it goes.  I'm thinking of doing the castor oil dance sometime later this week if nothing happens.

 

Man, hormones are getting the best of me today.  I keep feeling ready to cry, then having to cheer myself up.  I'm afraid we'll hit Friday with nothing happening labor-wise.

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I took about 2 oz of castor oil this AM (bleh) and rubbed some on my belly. We'll see. 40 weeks today!
 


I hope it's treating you well enough and kicks you into gear!  Happy due date to you!!

 

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Yeah, I'm with you.  I feel grumpy today, like I want to kick the dog and make everyone do things for me..  That's a good sign, right?
 

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Kali -

 

Let us know how it goes.  I'm thinking of doing the castor oil dance sometime later this week if nothing happens.

 

Man, hormones are getting the best of me today.  I keep feeling ready to cry, then having to cheer myself up.  I'm afraid we'll hit Friday with nothing happening labor-wise.



 

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Well, I guess it worked because my little guy is here!  I posted on here around, what, 2pm and he got here at 8:36pm!  I may post the birth story in the next couple days, I'm actually feeling pretty good considering my 5"2' self just delivered a 10lb 15oz baby!  My mw was completely shocked, of course we all were, because even with my belly so big he just didn't feel like he could possibly be almost 11 pounds, even 9 days late.  I had my home birth, ended up having him in our bed and no tears!  Shew! 

I hope your babies come soon and give you a wonderful birth experience!

Wowzer on the size! Congratulations! joy.gif
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Unfortunately, I think I am in a cycle of prodromal labor now...  contracting mildly every 15 minutes or so since yesterday morning.  Have my 2nd NST today...  oh the fun protocol.  The midwife yesterday said they recommend induction with pitocin on Friday when I'm 42 weeks.  Yea right.  I think maybe breast pump trying tonight or tomorrow? Maybe castor oil on Thursday?  The midwife did say that they can't make me get the induction, but then how long do I wait?  And what if the placenta starts getting old?

See what her talk put into my head. duh.gif   Sheesh.  I need to forget about everything she said!!

After 42 weeks, they should do a biophysical profile so you'll be able to see the baby via ultrasound and find out how he/she is doing based on certain criteria; that is, if you don't mind ultrasound. For my 42w5d gestation pregnancy, it helped me to feel a whole lot better about passing that 42w mark. I believe I went at 42w2d and would have gone again around 43w or sooner if I was worried. Odds are in your favor that you will go before you reach that point though. Pumping worked to start things for me when it was time, but I think I may have tried it in my 41st week to no avail.
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They have been doing "fluid checks" via ultrasound every couple days, and baby looks great!  Did your baby look "overdue" when born, or was the placenta functioning less efficiently?  Just curious.
 

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 joy.gif
After 42 weeks, they should do a biophysical profile so you'll be able to see the baby via ultrasound and find out how he/she is doing based on certain criteria; that is, if you don't mind ultrasound. For my 42w5d gestation pregnancy, it helped me to feel a whole lot better about passing that 42w mark. I believe I went at 42w2d and would have gone again around 43w or sooner if I was worried. Odds are in your favor that you will go before you reach that point though. Pumping worked to start things for me when it was time, but I think I may have tried it in my 41st week to no avail.


 

post #891 of 964

Nothing except some extra warm-up contractions. Ah well. I am getting a ton more mucus when I wipe though (tmi). I've never seen my mucus plug go like a big chunk of it or whatever, but there sure has been a lot more "stuff" there the last day or so when I go pee. Anyone else?

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Nope, I've never had bloody show or mucus plug loss before I was about ready to push out a baby.  I asked my midwives and they said that either way is pretty common and it doesn't mean much.  Sigh, who knows??  I just don't want to go to my NST/Biophysical profile tomorrow.. Come on baby!
 

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Nothing except some extra warm-up contractions. Ah well. I am getting a ton more mucus when I wipe though (tmi). I've never seen my mucus plug go like a big chunk of it or whatever, but there sure has been a lot more "stuff" there the last day or so when I go pee. Anyone else?



 

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and now these conractions are starting to hurt! and every 3-5 minutes. If they go away I'm going to be mad.

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and now these conractions are starting to hurt! and every 3-5 minutes. If they go away I'm going to be mad.


Oh!  That sounds really promising!!!   I just posted in the past due thread that I've been getting plug with almost every wipe and had one pretty intense contraction about 20 minutes ago.  We'll see if I get any more!

 

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FX for you!
 

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and now these conractions are starting to hurt! and every 3-5 minutes. If they go away I'm going to be mad.



 

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They have been doing "fluid checks" via ultrasound every couple days, and baby looks great!  Did your baby look "overdue" when born, or was the placenta functioning less efficiently?  Just curious.

 



She was my smallest baby. She had no vernix, but weirdly she had lanugo on her shoulder. The placenta had a few calcifications and the midwife thought she may have lost weight in utero due to the placenta slowing down its efficiency. I need to mention though that 9 months later she had open heart surgery for an aortic coarctation. We knew she was sick or high needs or something, but looking back there were so many signs. She's wonderfully healthy now at almost 3. I wonder though if the reason she went so long and was small for her gestational age had anything to do with her congenital defect. She was average though at 7lb 6oz. And there was a lot of meconium which we didn't know as I was pushing her out when my water broke. The midwife did deep suctioning and her apgar were 5, 7, then 9. We didn't transfer.
post #897 of 964

I had a little over an hour of regular, more intense contractions last night and thought, finally!!!  But they petered out.  Baby feels lower today and I've had a few contractions this morning, but nothing regular.  I called my mw for complain and she said to take a dropper full of cohosh every 10-15 minutes while doing nipple stim with the breast pump, 4 minutes per side alternating for an hour, then an hour break.  I might try that if I get desperate.  FIL is now here.

post #898 of 964

Jaimee,

 

Sorry they petered out.  That's frustrating. 

 

Do you think Whole Foods carries cohosh or EPO, or it would even be useful to try those things for just one or two days?

 

Maybe with all of these signs, we'll all have Dec. 1 babies tomorrow!

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I'm thinking that Dec. 1st will probably be it around here too.  Also, we're pretty much having the same conversation in 3 different threads..  Ha ha.
 

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Jaimee,

 

Sorry they petered out.  That's frustrating. 

 

Do you think Whole Foods carries cohosh or EPO, or it would even be useful to try those things for just one or two days?

 

Maybe with all of these signs, we'll all have Dec. 1 babies tomorrow!



 

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Originally Posted by musicmama08 View Post

Jaimee,

 

Sorry they petered out.  That's frustrating. 

 

Do you think Whole Foods carries cohosh or EPO, or it would even be useful to try those things for just one or two days?

 

Maybe with all of these signs, we'll all have Dec. 1 babies tomorrow!

Yes, I would think WF would have both, but I think that only cohosh would be worth doing at this point.  Try one dropper full every hour!
 

 

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