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Not sure if this should be here or Preg board - so forgive me if in the wrong place. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br>
If having sex were to help labor along, how long would it take? Like if nothing happens within a certain period of time, then it didn't help. I know that nothing will help unless baby is ready but I"m just curious.
 

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It could happen during immediately after or days after.<br>
Just because you didn't go into labor doesn't mean it didn't help though. Semen is a prostaglandin that softens the cervix so even if it didn't bring on labor it could have softened your cervix which will come in handy later.<br><br>
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Not a "scientific" answer, but with dd1, we dtd Sunday eve., she was born Tues eve. (but it definitely got me started...cramping and feeling "off" almost immediately). With dd2, we dtd Thurs night, she was born Fri afternoon! IME, I swear by the sex method <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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For me its usually a few hours. But I've always had to do it twice in one day. I lay there afterwards for about 30 min. Do some nipple stim too. Its the only thing that has ever worked to get labor started for me other than just waiting.
 

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we used it during labor... i had a long (30 hr) but peaceful, slowly building labor and we dtd maybe 5 or 6 hours after labor started...i didn't notice it "helping" it speed up but i knew a little semen could help soften the cervix.
 

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It helped me pretty much instantly. I was having very mild contractions - I wasn't sure I was even in actual labor - we dtd and by the time we were done, holy cow, labor hit me like a ton of bricks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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To get ds going, we dtd in the early afternoon and I was in labor by about 6pm.
 

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I was tired of being PG and wanted something to distract me so we DTD Thursay and I had contractions all night. By Friday afternoon they were still going but not strong so we did it again and went into labor about an hour after. Baby born Sunday morning.
 
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