I am 1 cm dilated and 70% effaced, very soft, -1 station, with a posterior cervix. I would really not worry about when my little darling wants to make her appearance, as I don't have that "sick of being pregnant" feeling at all. I will actually miss being pregnant. I would love to just let nature take its course, but I am simply worried about going over my 42 week deadline before being transferred to a hospital birth.
I have been offered to have my membranes stripped at my last two appointments, and I refused. I have been drinking red raspberry lead tea since 12 weeks, and have been taking EPO since 36 weeks. I have been getting regular chiropractic adjustments since before pregnancy, as well as doing yoga daily, and walking a lot. At my 41 week (to the day) visit, should I agree to have my membranes stripped, or wait till 41.5? How about an induction massage, or acupuncture? When would be a good time frame for those? How long does an induction massage take to work? I have also been considering a pedicure, because I have heard there are a lot of acupressure points on the feet. Any other ideas? I wish my baby girl wasn't under a deadline.
You're already doing heaps of things that help encourage bub, but a few more wouldn't hurt:
*fresh pineapple (bromelain is a ripening agent)
*enjoy some loving with your partner (if male) and either finish inside or swallow (again, it's a ripening agent; swallowing is actually more effective)
*move your hips! on a birth/fit ball, or standing leaning against something
*have a meaningful talk with your partner at a quiet and relaxing time of day (bedtime?) about how you both feel, whether you're both ready, what you're each excited about, what you're each nervous about, etc., and connect (there really is a powerful mind/body connection; the more supported and safe you feel, the more likely your body is to let this thing happen)
Good luck to you! I'm a birth centre mom as well, so I understand not wanting to "risk" out of the birth centre for any reason.
How are you taking the EPO? I did a vaginal suppository and I lost my mucous plug with bloody show the next day and had the baby 2 days later.
oh, and I've heard castor oil works too but I have never tried it myself. Not sure if you take it orally or what.
The day I went into labour I was 1 cm dilated when they checked and crying because I thought I was going to be pregnant FOREVER. I was 41 weeks pregnant by that point.
Point of fact, the chemical released by your brain to being on contractions is called oxytoxin. Otherwise known as the hormone of love and is also released during times of sexual stimulation and orgasm. If you catch my meaning.
Luckily, MOST women DO go before 42 weeks, so my biggest suggestion is to relax, try not to stress. Stress can only delay things! Is this your first baby, and are you Caucasian (non-hispanic white)? If so, realize that the AVERAGE is 41 weeks, so a couple more days would be totally normal, and no reason to think you won't go before the deadline. (I'm not sure about other races, but I bet someone here knows, or can look it up.) My best suggestion for getting things going is sex! Helps you relax, stimulates hormones, and is more fun than a lot of other techniques! I do NOT recommend castor oil, or black or blue cohosh. Trust me, NOT pleasant, and potentially dangerous.
Oh also, like PP said, don't put too much stock in how far you are dilated, etc. At least, don't let yourself think you're not getting anywhere yet and stress out. Some women walk around at 4cm for weeks before labor, and other women (like me) don't start opening up until labor has started. I've gone to bed at 1cm (barely!) and woken up in labor! Those numbers are really more useful if you're considering a medical induction and need to know how likely it is to work.
Oh Colomomma - I feel for you and I hope it happens for you before you are forced into a location that is not for you.
I don't know what this is like as I had my DD at 34 weeks because I spontaneously went into labour(opposite problem!). What I do know, is that just before I went into labour we were up at our family cottage with our dog, playing in the lake, going for walks, and having our "last romantic weekend away" (if you catch my drift *wink, wink*). DH and I were both talking to my belly since I was having what I thought were lots of BH contractions telling baby how busy work is and that we need it to stay inside until my due date lol. I had my daughter at 3am that night. So I second trying to be in a happy, loving, relaxed state.
Best of luck and I hope it all works out for you as planned!
I wouldn't do that unless you get desperate, since it's usually accompanied by diarrhea.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
13yo ds 10yo dd 8yo ds and 6yo ds and 1yo ds
I've heard of some midwives being concerned it might cross the placenta and cause the baby to pass merconium.
Now, my midwife gave me a castor oil rub on my cervix to draw the blood to it and hasten delivery and that helped tremendously. I was already in labor, but it just wasn't catching on.
Also, orgasms. Lots of 'em.
SAHM to DS BuggaBoo 12/07, and DD Doozer 03/10. Sharing life with The Hubby since 01/05.
Then, yeah, if this is your first baby, 41 weeks is about average. Hang in there - you'll probably go any day now!
UPDATE: I just had a non-reactive non-stress test, at 41 weeks, one day. The midwifery practice will try again tomorrow, and if it is non-reactive again, they will recommend a medical induction. I still have the same stats, so my cervix is very unfavorable for an induction. I'M NERVOUS!
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Wound up having an induction by a hospital midwifery practice, instead of my birth center. The midwives were awesome, and didn't push the pit too much, or try and blast my baby out. I wound up getting an epidural out of pure exhaustion, but it was my own choice, nothing was pushed on me. It was a much better experience than I had anticipated, and I had a vaginal birth, no stiches!
Congratulations colomomma! I'm glad you had a safe and satisfying experience!
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