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In Labor or Warming Up for Labor Thread

post #1 of 166
Thread Starter 

I see that other DDC's start these threads around this time, especially for those due the first week of the month.  Anyone feeling any signs of being close?

post #2 of 166
Oh yes very close!!!! I was just posting about it in our weekly thread. Thanks for starting one here. I'm due Aug 27th, my midwife moved my date up from Sept 1 after we worked out a more detailed conception timeline.

Today I had more than a few contractions that made me take notice along with runny poops. I have been on my feet packing boxes and moving things all over my property to get ready to close on the house this Monday. its been over a week of this for 6-10hrs a day. I guess if I wanted to walk my self into labor this would be the way! Lol My dream would be for the babe to come after my due date, say September 5th so I would have time to unpack into our apartment and be there for my oldest's first day of first grade on the 28th. But I would be skeptical that could happen since both my other kids came at 39 weeks.

Anyone else as close as I am??
post #3 of 166

I have a c-section scheduled for the 21st and I would really like to make it to that date, but I can't deny that I'm feeling contractions and these babies may have their own idea of a good birthday. 

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I have a c-section scheduled for the end of the month, between the 27-29th most likely. I should have the actual date next week. I can't deny the pelvis pain and pressure of this baby being engaged. And the random strong contractions. But, I really feel like I'll make it to my c-section date. I don't really feel close. At least I don't think I feel close. I never felt close with my first dd and had a planned c-section at 39 weeks. So who knows? I'm excited to start seeing pics of all these sweet babies!
post #5 of 166
Im planning to try to induce myself (assuming baby seems ready) aug 24th. Baby has dropped but i think has further down to go yet. Will be doing gallons of third trimester tea and lots of walking the next two weeks to encourage things to move along!
post #6 of 166
It feels like we have soooo long to go compared to you ladies. I know I shouldn't complain but I am. so. done. with pregnancy. I really wish Mr Man would just show up now so we could have a couple of weeks of baby boy time before the madness of my regular life catches up with me again...
post #7 of 166
I'm sorry if this is a strange thing to say, but you r all natural, earth mother types, pro breast feeding and AP but a lot of u r trying to force the arrival of baby early. I don't understand why, surely they come when the time is right? I can understand mamamash and mrsandmrs having to have c-sections for medical reasons ( might have to do the same) but self inducing seems to go against what u all stand for.
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I think the thought process is that natural inductions won't work unless the baby is ready. It just gives their body that last little oomph it needs to start labor. Correct me if I'm wrong ladies?
post #9 of 166
I saw some of you are trying to induce with sex.. My libido is still through the roof, I am NOT trying to induce, but I have started wondering if we should take it easy these last weeks.. I'm only 33 weeks today!
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Serena, my MW actually brought up induction at my last appointment.  She wasn't talking about doing it yet, of course, as I'm not due till end of Sept, but because I live on an island without a hospital nearby and with potential difficulty getting my midwives over in time, I think she was indicating that it would be easier if we could try to control and therefore predict when labor would begin.  I get the logic of that, but it absolutely rubs me the wrong way.  My first was induced (albeit not "naturally") and I have always wished I'd let her pick her own birthday instead.  I will try to do stuff to encourage labor near my due date, like sex if I can stand it and more walking, but that's about it.

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Unless things get a lot more uncomfortable quickly, I'm happy with letting baby decide when to come - at least till 41 weeks. Since I'll be risked out of my midwives practice by 42 weeks, I might be open to trying out natural induction methods, if things look favorable, during that last week.

post #12 of 166
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Originally Posted by chispita View Post

Unless things get a lot more uncomfortable quickly, I'm happy with letting baby decide when to come - at least till 41 weeks. Since I'll be risked out of my midwives practice by 42 weeks, I might be open to trying out natural induction methods, if things look favorable, during that last week.


yeah, I don't anticipate going very late, but if I were to I'd start thinking about it.  Also, another exception came to mind: with my son, my water broke over 24 hours before labor started.  At that point I was open to considering some natural induction methods first, before thinking about other options.  If it happens again this time, I'll consider it again.

post #13 of 166
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Originally Posted by MamaMash View Post

I think the thought process is that natural inductions won't work unless the baby is ready. It just gives their body that last little oomph it needs to start labor. Correct me if I'm wrong ladies?

Yep, exactly this.

For me, I will start trying to encourage labour as soon after 38 weeks as I feel baby is ready to come. My DS was 9 lbs at 38 wks 2 days so if i had gone to say 40 weeks, he would have been close to or over 11 lbs. 42 weeks and he could likely have been pushing the 13 lb mark.

Because of being overweight, I am already at a much higher risk of having a c-section, and taking the size of my last baby in to account makes that risk go up at an alarming rate as the weeks progress. So I will do everything in my power to encourage baby to come as soon as he or she is ready smile.gif Walking, DTD and castor oil wont bring on a baby that isnt ready to come, so I may well be in for a few weeks of trying to induce without success, and if thats the way it goes then I'll deal with it as it comes. But if I can decrease my chances of a c-section by trying to self induce, to me that is a better option.

Of course if DH and I made normal sized babies I wouldnt be so worried about it! But seeing as my just turned two year old is bigger than 60th percentile for a three year old... lol smile.gif

And serena76 its not a strange thing to say, its a good question!
post #14 of 166

Yep.  What she ^ said.  

 

I think the term "induction" is a misnomer for what is being meant....since any natural means like sex, walking, teas, nipple stimulation, etc., won't really start labor if it's not eminent. It's more like giving your body a little push in the right direction and seeing if it takes off.

post #15 of 166
My MW said that they have a mixture of castor oil and lemon verbena that has never failed to induce labor within x hours- she considers it pretty sure fire. that just turned me off a bit, whether she's right or not. The natural stuff, like everyday stuff you probably already do but increase in hopes of kicking off some good contractions, that's different, IMO.
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Jenny-- ugh castor oil is some nasty stuff I've heard. I can see how this rubbed you the wrong way. Was this the student MW again? I'm worried for you about her-- in the weekly thread or sounded like you are not meshing with her. My current midwife decided to NOT have the "know-it-all" (her words! love her!) greener MW see me while she's on vacation next week. She said with pregnancy and birth there is no way you can know everything. You have to stay open and flexible. I was so happy to hear that from her and it made me feel better. It's hard to put trust into someone you've only known a short time for such an important event. I'm having a lot of trouble with that. I hope the homebirth is what you want because transporting to an island seems scary especially since this is your 4th! It could go very fast!

I'm going to my Chiro once a month and maybe more by the end of Sept., and I'll probably end up with an Oct. baby as I'm not planning to induce BUT from what my MW says-- this little girl is sitting SO LOW it'll shave hours off my labor. Music to my ears to hear that! 1st DD was just barely 7lbs. and probably a wee bit early, but being that it was the end of Dec. I decided she needed to come before Xmas and got my wish. wink1.gif Dec. 20th is a lovely day and I don't regret being induced. I was 40wks when my waters broke. This time around its up to this little girl, not me! I want my body to be ready.

My Chiro also said that acupuncture works WONDERS for inducing. Have any of you ladies tried it? I'm really curious.

I've also heard a strong brewed mug of raspberry leaf tea does wonders. The stuff grosses me out so I haven't been drinking.

Having sex won't be happening. It's pretty darn clear I am reinfected with BV everytime DH and I DTD. It makes me sad because we are fighting so much right now and a little extra love would really help. But I can't take the risk-- I don't want my waters to break again darn it! I know my body is warming up because I am feeling gnarly BH all day every day. Just hope they mellow out.

And yay lots of babies are coming in just a few short weeks! I can't believe it! We were just complaining about morning sickness... It went so so fast.
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Castor oil would be my very last thing to try - at 41.6 if I was really desperate. I have enough issues in the digestive tract constipation / diarrhea area to be comfortable with it! irked.gif

 

I very much doubt raspberry leaf would do it - I've been drinking the stuff regularly throughout pregnancy without problems. Though it's true that for some women it might ramp up or cause BH, in which case you should be careful. So maaaaaybe, if you haven't been drinking it (or any other "pregnancy tea", since most of them have RRL) and are particularly sensitive to it it might help, but I wouldn't count too much on it winky.gif

 

I'd heard of acupuncture helping too, though it's not something I'm familiar - so it would be cool to hear if any of you guys give it a shot.

post #18 of 166
I think it's also coz it's different here in uk. U only get a c-section in emergencies or medical reasons, a big baby is not a good enough reason lol. U just gotta push that monster out 😝 and they don't induce till your over your due date by at least 10 days. The only reason I'll have a c-section is if this stubborn little girl doesn't turn coz they won't deliver vaginally breech babies😒
post #19 of 166
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Originally Posted by serena76 View Post

I think it's also coz it's different here in uk. U only get a c-section in emergencies or medical reasons, a big baby is not a good enough reason lol. U just gotta push that monster out 😝 and they don't induce till your over your due date by at least 10 days. The only reason I'll have a c-section is if this stubborn little girl doesn't turn coz they won't deliver vaginally breech babies😒

The US needs to be more like this!!
post #20 of 166
I agree about natural methods to push labor along. We got the bad news from our growth scan that the boys were discordant sizes, so 36 weeks was going to be the plan and not 38. I thought we would try out sex and orgasm every other night to push things along naturally, as studies have shown that twins who come on their own have virtually no problems and twins that are induced or c-section have more. I don't know if my thinking makes sense, because if they are developed and gently oushed along to start labor vs. being medically induced probably doesn't change much about their health. But I didnt want to have to make the hard decision to risk keeping them in there past 36 if they would be ready to come, but just needed a push. I also didn't want to be induced (laboring with pitocin contractions was AWFUL with DD!) and leads to a higher chance of laboring and going into c-section.
So our first night of trying to get thigs moving, followed by a next day of hard core cleaning, was followed by my water breaking that evening and things progressed very smoothly, just like labor should!
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