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#1 of 3 Old 10-28-2013, 11:03 AM - Thread Starter
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I'm 40 weeks today with my second, and ive had two false alarms in the past couple of weeks and lots of on and off contractions. Starting friday I have had this pattern where I wake up in the am, start contracting, and through the coarse of the day they get more steady and more intense. I go to bed thinking I better get some sleep because this might be it. Then I end up sleeping most of the night with only a few contractions waking me. This has been happening for 3 days and nights... Each day the contractions are more intense, in fact, yesterday they hurt and I was having trouble walking and talking through them. My midwife says my cervix is very ready and the baby just needs to come down a bit more for things to take off. Every day I wake up and spend my day trying to balance living my life and doing things to help this baby drop. Im spending as much time as i can sitting on my ball instead of the couch, im doing some spinning babies positioning techniques and im walking. Dh and I have also dtd every day... I realize that babies come when they are ready and i don't intend on doing anything invasive to force labor, but jee wiz!! My baby hangs out in a good ROA position sometimes flipping to the left so its not an OP baby. Advice/ experience/ encouragement please?!
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Bumping up for more input!

I hope you are hanging in there if you haven't already had your baby! It sounds like you are doing lots of great things to get the show on the road.

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This was my experience with my third one. All I can say is be patient. I know it is soooo hard and it is the last thing you want to hear but you are already doing what you can to encourage the birthing process. Two things might help. You can ask your care provider about evening primrose oil to help efface and soften the cervix. If you know a good chiro with prenatal experience that may help as well . ( I got an adjustment the day before Dd3 was born, it may or may not have encouraged labor but it felt great and may have put me in a better position to labor.) FWIW, at my 40 week midwife appointment I was 1 cm and not effaced at all and my water broke at 2:30 the next morning!

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