Originally Posted by JenMidwife
I'm in the August DDC & am one of the first to go past my due date & have been following you Tanya... did you end up trying nipple stim or castor oil?
At my mw appt on Tuesday, we discussed what, if anything, I wanted to try to help things along. We decided to go ahead with a VE to see if I was ripe or not, otherwise whatever we tried wouldn't work. So I was fully effaced and 2 cm then. We decided to try the nipple stimulation and castor oil. I took the castor oil on Wednesday once, then twice on Thursday. I got a thorough bowel cleansing, but honestly I've had diarrhea that was worse than that before. The nipple stimulation has been hit or miss. It's not too practical sitting for 15 minutes every hour with two other children to care for. So this evening, when my contractions are more active, I'm going to try the nipple stim again. We've been out walking ALL day. Walked in Target about an hour, the mall for over two hours, and one other small dept store. Thankfully we didn't buy anything except at Target!
There is a question about my dates as they are based on an early u/s, so I may not be as "overdue" as it feels! There's definitely something psychological that happens when you pass that EDD, even if logically you know it's an educated guess. Plus, this is my first experience with this. Ds came at 38 weeks, and dd four days before the due date.
ETA: We did have a pretty stressful week last week when I tried these things. Dh was reminded about some out of town training at the end of August...well, when he looked up the schedule it was supposed to be MID-august not the end! He was going to have to go out of town for two weeks on the 21st. I was pretty freaked out at the possibility of having three kids 2 weeks pp. Plus, my ds is starting kindergarten that same week he was leaving. It's all fine now...he switched with another co-worker to go at the end of Sept, but I was seriously stressed on the first day of castor oil.