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#121 of 181 Old 05-30-2008, 12:03 PM
 
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To be fair, my decision making on that is a bit more complicated. For most of the pregnancy I was measuring quite large. Quite possibly due to increased fluid.

This babe is head down and pretty low, but not as low as dd was before labor started. SO, IMO there is a slightly increased risk of cord prolapse if water is broken...

Just one more factor...

And honestly- my cervix is so high I really doubt she COULD strip my membranes if I wanted it... but still playing with ideas.

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tempting though it is, no i wouldn't in your circumstances. if your cervix is as unfavourable as you think then if it did lead to labour, you could be making it a lot harder than it needs to be for both of you.
let your body and your baby do the preparation and he/she will be here very soon... truly, no one is pregnant forever!
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tempting though it is, no i wouldn't in your circumstances. if your cervix is as unfavourable as you think then if it did lead to labour, you could be making it a lot harder than it needs to be for both of you.
let your body and your baby do the preparation and he/she will be here very soon... truly, no one is pregnant forever!
That's where my thinking is right now. I'd be open to more if there was any indication that babe wasn't faring well... but kick charts still show him to be ferocious and moving well

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Considering all of that, I would say prostaglandins are your best and safest bet--EPO applied directly can help with this (when preschoolers lack of sleepy time are not cooperative with other methods).

Cohoshes can lead to high blood pressure among other things; they hae more side effects than I personally am comfortable with.
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Angela, my first instinct is to say no, I won't do anything, even at 43 weeks. However, considering how batty I am at 40...

Seriously, though, as long as baby was fine, I'd agonize so much over doing anything that it wouldn't really be worth it. I really think that any kinds of "induction" (which cohosh/stripping membranes is) should only be done because of health/safety reasons. And yeah, it seems like it may just cause more trouble for you.



Just got back from the MW. My favorite MW is on duty this weekend, so this would be a GREAT time to go. I've been having contractions and cleaning out, but no bloody show or regularity to them. My MW is excited because I have lost 2 lbs, and in her experience the clearest sign of impending labor is a slight loss of weight the week a woman gives birth. I'm excited for that, too. Let's see if I make it through the service I have tonight and the Bar Mitzvah tomorrow.

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Well pooh. My daughter does not want to listen, 29 hours until grandma is here and she did not come out last night like I told her to. Daddy is frustrated because he wants a week off, and he wants it now, but if she comes when my mom is here, he will go back to work and take his time off the following week, just so I have two weeks of help. She may end up staying in another week or two and then my mom will miss it and it will be a moot point.

I really want my mom to meet her 3rd granddaughter (she has 7 grandsons, we are heavy on the boys), I just did not want her freaking out because I am birthing at home. Who knows, maybe the plan is for her to be here and see how wonderful home births are to change her mind?

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Who knows, maybe the plan is for her to be here and see how wonderful home births are to change her mind?
Ooh, wouldn't that be lovely? I mean, as much as I'd feel like a science experiment, it could be really eye-opening for your mom.

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That's where my thinking is right now. I'd be open to more if there was any indication that babe wasn't faring well... but kick charts still show him to be ferocious and moving well

-Angela
i think you're wise.
this is a great baby you are cooking mama.
my new little 43 weeker is pretty placid and goes 4-5 hours between feeds at night (a record for my kids!) plus i had a 5 hour labour - so there are some plus sides to a longer gestation!!!
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Given all that, I'd probably still be tempted to do something but probably not anything that risks breaking your water.

We all know that deep down, you are more than aware that your baby knows the perfect time.
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Given all that, I'd probably still be tempted to do something but probably not anything that risks breaking your water.
Yeah, which comes down to- what else?

Best next thing to add I guess is EPO or more sex....

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I'd do both.

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Yeah, that wasn't helpful. I'm sorry.

My best advice- Surrender. Get some time to yourself, meditate and talk with your baby about the birth. Make sure you let yourself experience any feelings you may have set aside completely. After that, know that you're supported here with no expectations and try not to go stir crazy.
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So what does a good kick chart look like? I've noticed a fair bit less movement lately and thought that was just because baby was getting so big. I'm considering getting checked out, but I don't want to be a worry wart, unless something is really up.

I know, I'm only 2 days past. I'm trying to relax about this, really, I am
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I'd do both.
Yeah... you don't have a 3.5yr old with other ideas



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Yeah... you don't have a 3.5yr old with other ideas



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Too true.

Ok, at least the EPO then.

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so whats with the chamomile tea??

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It just helps you relax.

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Chamomile (Matricaria recutita, formerly M. chamomilla or Chamomilla recutita) is one of my favorite herbs to take during pregnancy. In Europe, it is used to quell nausea, ease digestion, relieve heartburn, reduce insomnia, and promote gentle relaxation. A cup of chamomile tea, slightly sweetened with honey, tastes exquisite. I sip it during the day as a tonic and before bed to induce peaceful sleep. Women who have had a miscarriage or spotting during their pregnancy should drink no more than a cup of the tea per day because chamomile is a mild emmenagogue. As mentioned above, some people are allergic to chamomile. Hold a small amount of chamomile tea in your mouth for a few seconds, then spit it out. If your mouth itches, or otherwise feels strange, do not use this herb.
http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/pregnancy_herbs.html

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I'm sick of prodromal labor that does NOTHING all day and keeps me up all night. :

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Thankfully mine goes away at night, but yes, I am so sick of thinking "is this it?" and then it's gone.

I used my new pump to stimulate contractions and it worked for a good 40 minutes, then nothing. You don't know how tempting that bottle of castor oil is looking, but I am so scared of it making her pass meconium, or causing me to be dehydrated. Hours of pooping in early labor does not seem all that appealing, but a baby at the end sure does.

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Thanks for your input guys, I stuck to my guns and didnt get checked/stripped! I just needed some grounding. Now im more emotionally ok with waiting but the physical discomfort is close to unbearble and im exhausted! I know when its over I will be so happy I waited though. Im glad I have this support system.

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Thanks for your input guys, I stuck to my guns and didnt get checked/stripped! I just needed some grounding. Now im more emotionally ok with waiting but the physical discomfort is close to unbearble and im exhausted! I know when its over I will be so happy I waited though. Im glad I have this support system.
Glad you felt supported enough to stick to your guns. Good for you!

I am going to scream if I hear "WOW! Didn't expect to see YOU today!" one more time.

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I am going to scream if I hear "WOW! Didn't expect to see YOU today!" one more time.
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One of the most tiresome phrases in the English language these days....

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Well ladies, I think I'm abandoning ship (keeps fingers crossed for safety purposes though) I think I may not believe that I'm actually in labor until the babies head is crowning. I will keep you all posted. I'm gonna try and get some rest. Its really uncomfortable though laying down through a contrax at this point though.


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Well ladies, I think I'm abandoning ship (keeps fingers crossed for safety purposes though) I think I may not believe that I'm actually in labor until the babies head is crowning. I will keep you all posted. I'm gonna try and get some rest. Its really uncomfortable though laying down through a contrax at this point though.


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YAY!!! GOOD LUCK!! :::
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Yay!

It seems like there's a lot of us still here, given that it's the last day of May. I'm only impatient because I am feeling scared still that either me or the baby isn't going to come out alive. I'm anxious to be holding my little baby, alive in my arms. I'm considering heading into the OB clinic on Monday if nothing has happened yet.
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Yay!

It seems like there's a lot of us still here, given that it's the last day of May. I'm only impatient because I am feeling scared still that either me or the baby isn't going to come out alive. I'm anxious to be holding my little baby, alive in my arms. I'm considering heading into the OB clinic on Monday if nothing has happened yet.
I get this. I've had that same fear recently - even though I'm only 40w 3d and there has been absolutely no evidence that either me or babe is not 100% healthy. You could just go and get a check up at the clinic to put your mind at ease, remember fear/stress produces cortisol which blocks labor.

I've been practicing "I will not harbor unhealthy thoughts" and it has helped. I hope either the baby comes or you get your mind put to ease soon.

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Still here. sigh.

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Yay!

It seems like there's a lot of us still here, given that it's the last day of May. I'm only impatient because I am feeling scared still that either me or the baby isn't going to come out alive. I'm anxious to be holding my little baby, alive in my arms. I'm considering heading into the OB clinic on Monday if nothing has happened yet.

Yep, I'm right there with you. I'll be 43 weeks on Wednesday and I'm getting the feeling that baby needs to be out soon and if baby doesn't come by this weekend, the concern of waiting longer is starting to outweigh the concern of "going in".

and I've tried almost everything at this point except castor oil - which I will not try.
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Angela, I was wondering about the kick charts you mentioned. What's considered an acceptable amount of movement at this point?
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I was woken up by a wave, then three BHs, then another wave and the big ones were 10 minutes apart with the little ones being about 2 mins between. It went on this way with the BH's slowing and the waves getting stronger for an hour. They were getting to the point where I had to make myself relax. I took a shower and they kept coming and then gone.

*sigh* 6 more hours until grandma is here and 14 hours left of May. I don't think I am going to beat either clock.

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AHHHH! I just realized we are going to need ANOTHER thread tomorrow!

I vote for calling it "OMFG, we are STILL freaking pregnant???"

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