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4 cm dilated, 70 effaced, still no labor :(

post #1 of 9
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Yesterday the OB said I was 4 cm dilated, 70% effaced. Still I don't feel any labor coming on. Any thoughts on how to get things going?!
post #2 of 9
Wow- that is SO much work you don't have to do when labor starts! I'd try sex to get things going- though I am sure you aren't in the mood.
post #3 of 9
Ugh! I walked around for FOUR WEEKS 3 cm and 75% effaced according to my midwife. Then I took castor oil!

Acupuncture??
post #4 of 9
as PP said so much work done already, sure it will not be long now
post #5 of 9
I am exactly the same as you, 3-4 cm dilated, 70% effaced, at least this is what I have been at since Tuesday. I have no clue how to get labor going. I've been trying a lot of things and nothing has helped yet. Just wanted to let you know you're not alone.
post #6 of 9
i know this won't make you feel any better, but man, i'm so jealous. you'll start out labor almost halfway there. so much less work when the time does come. i have no idea how to get things moving or i'd already be holding my baby, but i'm thinking of you.
post #7 of 9
Ah, yes... the double edge sword of knowing what your cervix is doing. Like others have said... I think it's great you have come this far prior to labor!

And since your cervix is so ripe, it probably won't take much to make it happen, either.
post #8 of 9
As with the PPs, in a way, you can feel lucky that so much work has been done already. You might not feel lucky until labor starts though. I know it must be frustrating when you just want it to happen. You can try sex, massage, acupuncture. Some other posts are talking about herbs & tinctures to get things moving too.

I'm not having an internal until my due date & I'm trying to not expect going early to minimize my frustration. Even though I'm uncomfortable, I keep thinking that every day I have is another day to nap & do as I please. That attitude may change if my due date comes & goes though.

Hang in there, you are getting so close.
post #9 of 9


It's no fun going through this.

A while back I wrote something along the lines of "I hope I have some prodromal labor so I won't be in hard labor too long". Now, after actually having gone through prodromal land, I hope it never happens again. Being "part of the way there" really weighs on the mind.

I hope you go into labor soon but in the meantime, try and relax and maybe do something non-pregnancy related.

Good luck!
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