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I'm 40 weeks on Monday, everything going fine, haven't yet called the midwife. Before I call her and start the water-broken clock, so to speak, I want some MDC advice!<br><br>
I'm pretty sure my water has broken though it is just trickling- but it has that smell which I first noticed a couple hours ago in the wc and am pretty certain is amniotic fluid (um, smells like semen). While I think I've slowly been losing the mucous plug in the last two days (no blood in it though) and think I've been having really, really wimpy contractions today, there is nothing major.<br><br>
This is what happened with ds2, and I wound up having to go in after 12 hours with still no strong contractions and getting some pitocin. At the time she told me to walk to get labor going, but that didn't seem to work and I think contributed to my exhaustion later.<br><br>
I'm trying to rest, but any ideas? Nipple stimulation? (nursing toddler?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> ) Or should I just rest and visualize and drink fluids and what not? I'm trying to calm down but think I've forgotten everything I've read!! This will be a midwife-attended hospital birth. Advice to get it going? Input on this scenario?? How I wish I reread my birth books this summer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I guess this means no labor tub, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Same thing happened to me last time. My water broke, but no contractions. I did NOT call my ob's office, and I did NOT go to the hospital right away. (That's what I did w/ my second pregnancy, and that ended in a cesarean.)<br><br>
Here are the things I tried to get labor going...<br>
- Walking<br>
- Acupuncture<br>
- Chiropractic<br>
- Eating eggplant parmesan<br>
- Drinking castor oil<br><br>
I felt ok staying home since the fluid was clear, I didn't have a fever, I was group B strep negative, and the baby was moving around just fine.<br><br>
I'm not sure which of those things worked, but something did. I had my vba2c at the hospital. (38 hours after my water broke, 9 hours of labor, 5 hrs at the hospital, and 2.5 hrs of pushing) And I did NOT tell them how long my water had been broken.<br><br>
I'll be thinking of you tonight. Keep us updated!
 
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