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<p>I woke up at 3 a.m. With contractions, which have continued now for about 20 hours. Hey are regular - between 5-10 minutes apart, and many have been painful enough that I was vocalizing a bit. In the a.m. I was losing bits of plug and had a bit of show too.</p>
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<p>The contractions got to about 5 minutes apart for an hour, so I called the midwife who checked me. ZERO dilation. </p>
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<p>She said, rest up, see you tomorrow. But I feel like i need to be doing something. I went to spinning babies but there's no indication my baby is posterior, or breech. I guess I could o get some Tylenol PM if push came to shove. </p>
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<p>Ah my last child, I laboured like this until at 8 pm, my water broke, and baby came 3 hours later. </p>
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<p>I'm honestly terrified of a super long labour. I'm not in great physical condition because i had a concussion early in this pregnancy and my recovery has been low...so I'm not sure how I will handle it. </p>
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<p>Sorry I didn't see this sooner.</p>
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<p>Have you had any cervical surgery since your last birth? Or even something like a d&c? If you have, you may have scar tissue keeping you from dilating. A midwife can massage it out and that will allow dilation.</p>
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<p>If you haven't had anything that could cause scaring, it could be a malposition causing a slow labour. It doesn't have to be anything as obvious as posterior or breech, even an asynclitic head could cause issues. Someone suggested I try the side lying pelvic release from spinning babies <a href="http://spinningbabies.com/techniques/activities-for-fetal-positioning/pelvic-floor-release" target="_blank">http://spinningbabies.com/techniques/activities-for-fetal-positioning/pelvic-floor-release</a> for minor malpositions.  I've only done it once so far, but it did seem to help with my pelvic pain. If you're brave (& have help!) you could also try a forward inversion <a href="http://spinningbabies.com/techniques/the-inversion" target="_blank">http://spinningbabies.com/techniques/the-inversion</a></p>
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<p>Spending some time in the dark & quiet might help as well as that can increase oxytocin levels.</p>
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<p>Make sure you keep up your energy by eating & stay hydrated. Hopefully labour will get going more soon for you.</p>
 

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<p>hope you're doing ok, joyful.  thinking of you so much.</p>
 

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<p>nak but wanted to send a hug! do you have arnica? it would help you recover from that concussion and childbirth simultaneously! get some in 200C and take a single dose after the birth</p>
 
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