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Hi everyone,<br><br>
I had a very long labor with my #1 and ended up needing pitocin and, automatically, epidural.<br><br>
I would like to do everything in my power this time to avoid pitocin. My question is... what natural things i can do to speed up my labor? Last time i walked and walked and walked, but still wouldn't open up enough, even though i was already in labor and was in a pretty bad pain. Is there anything else except walking?<br><br>
Pitocin made pain so intolerable, that eventually i asked for epidural. I would like to have a totally natural labor this time and wondering what I can do to help myself.<br><br>
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Hi <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Do you remember what was going on mentally/emotionally during the phase when your labor was stalled? And how many cm were you? (just curious).<br><br>
I am asking because I had a similar experience with #1 and I feel very strongly that getting to the hospital too early in labor (admitted because waters released early in the labor), and being in a place that was not comfortable for me got my adrenaline going and hindered my progress. (seriously, who can progress when they are asking you all sorts of stupid intake questions, and you are fighting tooth and nail to keep your birth plan intact??)<br><br>
Just a thought <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Your body may not want to give birth if it senses danger- so think about where the most comfortable place is for you to be laboring. Also I think it is really normal for first births to be looooooong. The hospital treats it as something that's wrong with the mom's body but that's just the way some women labor. I hate the term "failure to progress". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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How long were you in labor for?
 

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Thank you for your answer. That's actually an interesting concept and, i guess, part of me was scared a lot the first time as i didn't know what to expect. I just really want my next experience to be so much better...<br><br>
I was in labor for 2.5 days..active labor. When I got the hospital, i believe i was 1.5 cm, though the pain was starting to really bother me. I walked for about 8 hours non-stop and only got to 2 cm... I walked and walked more and eventually when i got to 4cm, doctor offered to give me pitocin. At this point i was so tired and was just not in the mood to go home and wait for a miracle, that i gave in.<br><br>
The thing is... my mom was in a long labor with me and my brother. That was back in Russia, there were no drugs involved either way. First they broke her water and then she was lay on a table the whole night and in the morning she went into labor with both of us. Knowing that information, my guess is that the second time around, my labor will be as long...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Even though i understand a lot better now what's happening and i am more ready... i am still afraid... For now i am just going with a doctor and a hospital, but seriously considering midwives (even though it seems like all of them are far). I still have 5 months or so until my due date...so i want to do as much research as possible.<br><br>
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Maybe try hypnosis for childbirth?<br><br>
I also had a 3 day labor and I believe it had everything to do with the fact that I had just lost my job (I was 1/2 our income) and no matter how knowledgeable and liberated I felt having a homebirth...I was scared.<br><br>
I think you may be surprised by your second time around. You didn't specify if you had a csection and if you did if you dialated fully. I had a csection eventually but I had dialated fully.<br><br>
First time: 52hrs<br>
Second time: 8.5 hrs No fear, just hard hard work. This one took place at home. I was much calmer and less anxious.<br><br>
*I'm hoping to beat my 8.5 hr record with baby #3!*
 

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Nipple stimulation. Seriously. Make sure you get some privacy, too . . . <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Thank you everyone for your answers.<br><br>
Nipple simulation made me smile<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I eventually gave birth vaginally, so that part i am happy about.<br><br>
My husband was just laid off, though i have a pretty good salary and insurance...so at least we are not that worried. Part of me is very stressed out, but, hopefully, by the time i will go into labor, he will find something.<br><br>
I think this time around i will try to stay home for as long as possible, though it's scary when your contractions are 5 minutes apart....<br><br>
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I'd also suggest doing everything you can to ensure optimal fetal positioning (see the spinningbabies.com website). If the baby isn't presenting optimally, that certainly can delay dilation.
 
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