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#1 of 14 Old 12-03-2007, 02:11 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I had a bit of a brainwave today...you see, I did deliver my 2 kids vaginally, but they both had to be induced for being late. I was wondering today if I didn't go into labour myself because neither of them dropped - I read about the "bowling ball between the legs" feeling and I didn't have that with either of my kids. So if I can "open up" my pelvic area so baby can drop down, I have a better chance to going into labour myself and avoiding induction, right?

Does anyone know how I might go about doing this?

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squatting, as much as possible

tailor pose is helpful as well

working with an osteopath who is trained in prenatal care is EXTREMELY helpful in opening the pelvis

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Squatting!

Do you know if the reason for needing the induction is because your pelvis is too small, or if it's because the babies just weren't descending?

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Yep, squat as long and as often as you can. Breath deeply and hold onto a chair or railing as you squat low and wide.

I also like to do this on my hands and knees. I'll start doing some pelvic tilts and then drop to my forearms and let my knees spread wide as my hips stretch. Though I have to do this alone or my dh takes it as a signal that I am ready for a little nooky.

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I also like to do this on my hands and knees. I'll start doing some pelvic tilts and then drop to my forearms and let my knees spread wide as my hips stretch. Though I have to do this alone or my dh takes it as a signal that I am ready for a little nooky.

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Some babies just don't drop until labor starts, and when babies do drop sooner, it doesn't always mean labor is soon to follow. It's very common with second or later children for them not to drop until right before or even during labor. You could do all of the recommended advice because it's a good idea for preparing your body for birth, but it won't necessarily make your baby drop and then labor start. And to that advice I would add seeing a chiropractor.

Can I ask how far along you were with your other pregnancies when you were induced? Is it possible that you gestate babies longer then some?


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Some babies just don't drop until labor starts, and when babies do drop sooner, it doesn't always mean labor is soon to follow. It's very common with second or later children for them not to drop until right before or even during labor. You could do all of the recommended advice because it's a good idea for preparing your body for birth, but it won't necessarily make your baby drop and then labor start. And to that advice I would add seeing a chiropractor.

Can I ask how far along you were with your other pregnancies when you were induced? Is it possible that you gestate babies longer then some?

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The other ladies said it great. The only thing I can add is visualization. Start thinking of a flower opening, like your pelvis widening. Something along those lines every night. HTH!

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I have to second, third and fourth the chiro thing.......I honestly believe DD would not have come out had I not gotten some treatmens....it was a completely night/day experience as to how flexible/open stretchy my pelvis became after just a couple treatments. Apparently, the "relaxin" hormone wasn't doing it's job, lol, because my chiro said that were it not for the ..ahem..obvious pregnancy (I was like 34 weeks when I started treatment) he would NEVER have guessed I could be pregnant, my whole body was just so TIGHT, all the joints, ligaments, muscles, etc.

Although I will warn you, going from not having loosey-goosey joints to suddenly having them HURTS.....as does having a bowling ball dropped into your pelvis....but in the end, it helps!!!

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My Kidlets - I'm in the very same boat as you!! I never felt any bowling ball w/ either of my two. As a matter of fact, DS was still at -1 station after 14 hrs of induced labor even after ROM. I know before the induction he had dropped but was still "floaty" according to the OB.

I'm trying to do lots and lots of "Ball time" and more squatting and by now I've come to the conclusion that I'm a long gestater

I'd love to hear if you find anything that works for you!!
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Though I have to do this alone or my dh takes it as a signal that I am ready for a little nooky.
: I know JUST what you mean!!
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Get a birthing ball and sit on it whenever you can. It also helps after the baby has dropped. I cannot imagine the last few weeks w/o a birthing ball! It really takes the pressure off your back IME, adn it also gets you into a good squatting position, perfect for baby to 'drop' into!
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Hmmmm, maybe I can borrow my friend's birthing ball - I know I've been doing too much lounging at the computer - bad for baby being posterior!

I am a long gestater - the second induction (with ds) only happened because my waters broke spontaneously at 41w3d, otherwise I would have been fine to wait. But it can't be because I have narrow hips....because they aren't.

I think the relaxin is kicking in fine, because I have had sore hips for the last several weeks, and I have to move carefully, or I just might pull or strain something.

I just want to see if my body can go into labour itself this time...

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i don't think that lots of walking could hurt- it has always helped me in the final weeks.

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