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I'm a week over due and dialated to 3, but baby hasn't dropped yet. What can I do to get the baby to move down? Also my midwife doesn't want me to go too far past my due date, but how long can I wait before agreeing to pitocin and is there and alternative to the pitocin if I can't get any natural techniques to work? Someone told me I should consider AROM instead, but there are risks with that also. Someone please help!
 

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I'm sorry I don't have many answers for you, but I'm sending you lots of positive labor thoughts right now! In terms of dropping, I know that the first baby usually drops early and subsequent ones often drop during labor -- not sure if this is your first pregnancy or not.<br><br>
I haven't used these sites but I know others often refer to them. Maybe there will be some info about helping your baby descend.<br><br><a href="http://www.spinningbabies.com/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.spinningbabies.com/index.html</a><br><a href="http://www.doula4birth.com/ofp.htm" target="_blank">http://www.doula4birth.com/ofp.htm</a><br><br>
My instinct would be to say to stay upright and walk as much as possible, though I'm sure that is getting hard.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Squatting can help bring the baby down. Sex can help bring on labor - semen contains prostaglandins and when applied topically or orally (gulp) can help soften the cervix.<br><br>
I would never consent to pitocin or AROM.<br><br>
Good luck,<br>
Keri
 

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Squatting will definately help move the baby down. Just do it in everyday tasks like picking things up off the floor or anywhere you would be bending over just squat instead. I find that sitting on a chair- not the sofa or a recliner- also moves my baby down. Sitting on the floor cross-legged with your feet drawn up as close to your body as possible also will encourage the baby to move down. Dd never dropped until labor and although this baby is technically dropped, he isn't engaged- he's bouncing<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm at 3 cm as well nut he goes up and down as hw pleases.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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None of my babies ever dropped till I was well into labor. I'd say just walk alot and try squatting when you can.
 
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