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Any suggestions on how to naturally induce or bring on labor? I am so uncomfortable and in so much pain that I would gladly accept all suggestions. Please help me to go into labor!!!!!
 

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Babies come when ready. Hang in there!<br><br>
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You are in pain? What's happening, what kind? Pelvic pressure or something else? I might address this first...<br><br>
Here are my top 3 suggestions:<br>
Prostaglandins in semem can help ripen the cervix, so sex.<br>
Walking<br>
acupuncture
 

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For the pain, I would suggest a triple-whammy of a chiropractic adjustment, a massage, and an acupuncture session.<br><br>
For encouraging labor:<br><br>
sex<br>
squatting, pelvic rocking, and hula hooping<br>
evening primrose oil (orally and vaginally)<br>
belly massage with olive oil and a few drops of jasmine essential oil<br>
red raspberry leaf tea<br><br>
Hugs to you mamma---you will not be pregnant forever!!! Your baby will come when he/she is ready!
 

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DD2 was born 42w5d. Since Baby1 was born at 37w, I was "waiting" for 5+ weeks! Anyway, I was rather moody from 40 weeks on, so we did attempt to encourage her to come out ...<br><br>
- massage (for the last 5 weeks - totally amazing)<br>
- sex (it was actually pretty good sex!)<br>
- raspberry (for several weeks) (I don't do tea, so I just did supplements)<br><br>
- cohosh for 24 hours & cajun food ... she was born the next morning! (no unpleasant side effects from the cohosh)<br><br>
I've heard of castor oil, but personally, I have no desire for loose bowels.<br>
--janis
 

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What is cohosh? I have never heard of it. The pain I was referring to is my pubic bone widening. I cannot walk, turn in bed, or even sit without feeling like it will break in two. It feels like I am on fire at times. I have heard of the spicey foods and if that works than I am going to try it. I love authentic mexican food so that would be a great last meal before the hospital. Keep the advice coming. Thank you!
 

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How far are you?<br><br>
The natural methods like spicy food and sex and massage are fun and no harm. They won't start anything unless you're ready.<br><br>
I would not do cohoshes full-on without a midwife overseeing.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I am 40w. the baby dropped about a week ago with no changes in my cervix. I do not want medical intervention so I am trying to do this naturally. Sex has not helped and only makes me uncomfortable as I am carrying a huge belly....and I mean huge....close to a 9 pounder.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am 40w. the baby dropped about a week ago with no changes in my cervix. I do not want medical intervention so I am trying to do this naturally. Sex has not helped and only makes me uncomfortable as I am carrying a huge belly....and I mean huge....close to a 9 pounder.</div>
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Hang in there. Nothing you've said indicates that there is need for medical intervention.<br><br>
I just had ds at 43weeks 5 days- so I get it- really <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
Sending you labor vibes!<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Thank you. It's nice to know others have suffered as well. Just knowing that I am not alone really helps.
 

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I hope it comes soon for you mama! I am 40 weeks today too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
If it makes you feel any better, I have had zero signs of labor <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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well I am hoping for you and maybe we will both have a firework baby. Good luck and all the best to you. Feel free to PM me when you are feeling up to it to let me know when the new bundle has arrived.
 

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What worked with my last babe, at 42+6, was a belly massage with olive oil & a few drops of verbena oil - 1.5hrs later I was in labour! It worked for my friend who was overdue around the same time, too. Good luck. I also have pubic symphisis pain. The only real cure for it is a really strong core, so that your muscles can hold the loosening bones in place (I'm on my third pregnancy and have had much less pain than with the first two) ... but that's no short term hep for you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> It didn't work for me, but I've heard acupuncture can really help with psd, too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What is cohosh? I have never heard of it. The pain I was referring to is my pubic bone widening. I cannot walk, turn in bed, or even sit without feeling like it will break in two. It feels like I am on fire at times. I have heard of the spicey foods and if that works than I am going to try it. I love authentic mexican food so that would be a great last meal before the hospital. Keep the advice coming. Thank you!</div>
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Blue Cohosh & Black Cohosh are herbs that can bring on and strengthen uterine contractions. They can also do funky things to a mom's blood pressure, so it's best that you're under your mw's or an knowledgable herbalist's care. Because you stated there are haven't been changes to your cervix, you should probably not do the cohoshes but do things to soften/ripen the cervix and address your pelvic pain, which could be this Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD).<br><br>
More info here on SPD: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphysis_pubis_dysfunction" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphys...is_dysfunction</a><br><br>
Lots of women experience this and the "triple wammy" from the PP for a chiropractic adjustment, massage, acupunture is a good one. Even if you only do 1 or 2 of the 3 suggestions it will help you so much! Getting the pelvis aligned and allievating as much discomfort and pain prior to the start of labor can make for easier birthing. For intance, movement is important during labor but if you already can't walk without pain, then you have one less tool in your labor toolbox. Kwim?<br><br>
So my vote is address the pain and ripen the cervix (Evening primose rose oil vaginally & sex!) and see what happens.<br><br>
For what it's worth I had a 9.9 pounder at 41 wks 5 days. Big babies are fat and that fat squishes as comes down the birth canal.
 

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As far as spicy foods it can't hurt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I ate szechuan chicken, extra spicy the night I went into labor <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">: Mmmmm... delicious!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What is cohosh? I have never heard of it. The pain I was referring to is my pubic bone widening. I cannot walk, turn in bed, or even sit without feeling like it will break in two. It feels like I am on fire at times. I have heard of the spicey foods and if that works than I am going to try it. I love authentic mexican food so that would be a great last meal before the hospital. Keep the advice coming. Thank you!</div>
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oh, definitely try to get into a chiropractor. seriously, you will be so much less miserable. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Castor Oil can work, but only if you are ready to go into labor already.<br><br>
Mostly, patience is the best inducer you can find. Though not the most satisfying! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I can attest to the fact that the cohoshes will not work if you aren't ready to go into labor.<br><br>
I used Evening Primrose Oil to ripen my cervix. I would pop a capsule with a pin and insert it vaginally at night. It seemed to help, my cervix ripened nicely and although I was the impatient one, baby was born a week after I started the EPO, right on her due date.<br><br>
(PS a "close to 9 pound" baby isn't really very big at all... LOL mine are all 10+ pounds <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> )
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What is cohosh? I have never heard of it. The pain I was referring to is my pubic bone widening. I cannot walk, turn in bed, or even sit without feeling like it will break in two. It feels like I am on fire at times. I have heard of the spicey foods and if that works than I am going to try it. I love authentic mexican food so that would be a great last meal before the hospital. Keep the advice coming. Thank you!</div>
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I feel for you. I start with pubic pain at about 5 weeks, it's one of the first signs I have that I'm pregnant <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
If you've had no cervical change, it's unlikely that even the natural methods will do anything to get labor rolling, unfortunately.
 

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Oh, and if you like spicy foods (and eat it often), that, too, is likely to do nothing for you.<br><br>
I am always eating Mexican or Indian foods. I LOVE hot spices. And they never put me into labor. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I kinda wish they would sometimes! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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