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So after visiting with my MW yesterday, I decided to try this. I had talked to her about what to do shoud I get past my due date (next Friday). She told me at my appointment next week we can try a membrane sweep. She also mentioned the nipple stimulation and said to rent a breast pump. Well after I left I remembered having been given gift cards for the Babies R Us and went there to look for breast pumps, as I had wanted to purchase one. I tried it last night around 6pm for about 15 minutes and then again at 7pm and the braxton hicks started coming on consistently every 10 minutes. There was actually some pain involved which they never do (on the pain scale a 1, but pain none the less!). Contractions kept going till around 4-5 am this morning. I was awake and asleep through it all. I'm hoping that this is going to help towards some progress happening in the coming days. I'm going to try the pump again this morning.
 

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be careful-- I've read that nipple stimulation can cause contractions that are too strong, and that the strong contractions can cause heart decels in baby! So it is good that you are doing this under the guidance of your midwife, I wouldn't try it without consulting the midwife/ob. ..
 

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Sorry, I don't know the back story. Is there a reason that you're worried about going past 40?<br>
If not, if you'll take advice: contractions don't mean diddly squat. Labour happens when labour happens, and it's as much hormonal as mechanical. I'm worried that you're just going to make the last few days/weeks of your pregnancy suck more than they need to.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If not, if you'll take advice: contractions don't mean diddly squat. Labour happens when labour happens, and it's as much hormonal as mechanical. I'm worried that you're just going to make the last few days/weeks of your pregnancy suck more than they need to.</div>
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As someone who naturally contracts a lot for awhile before going into true labor, I have to agree. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">As someone who naturally contracts a lot for awhile before going into true labor, I have to agree. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that"> I also contract forever (I've already started now at 35 weeks) before real labor actually starts. It is no picnic! No point in wearing yourself out. I've heard nipple stimulation is more helpful if labor really gets underway and then slows or stalls. Like a pp said, it can bring on some very strong ones, though.
 

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Well I trust my midwife...I do believe that 'let it happen' but at the same time I do not want to go into hospital and be put on IV with pitocin. I will be really really stressed if I land in hospital to birth. The hypnobirthing just will not be the same...I would not be able to have my candles, or music. I'd be stuck in a sucky delivery room with machines all around me. Sorry to sound so negative, but I totally have my heart set on being at home. I don't know why, I'm just having all sorts of worries about this one coming late, whereas my son came 10 days early.<br><br>
ETA: I can't see NS being an entirely bad thing...because what about all the mama's that are still breast feeding while pregnant?? Unless I'm missing something?
 

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I did nipple stim with my fourth pregnancy because my daughter had just turned vertex after going breech for a week and I wanted her to be born. It did cause lots of contractions that were painful. I was doing it when my water broke at 40 weeks 3 days, but I had been doing it for approximately nine days so I don't think it actually made me go into labor. It may have done some of the dilating and effacement, though.<br><br>
When doing it, only do one side at a time and only do it until contractions start coming. Once they start, stop the stim and see if the contractions continue, if they don't start back again after 20 minutes on the other side. My midwife, who I also trust very much, doesn't like her clients to do nipple stim unless she is there to monitor the baby's heartrate. Strong contractions can cause stress to your baby so be careful.<br><br>
Just as an aside, my fifth baby came at 40 weeks plus five days, with no nipple stim. I think ANY method of induction really only works if you body is about to go into labor anyway.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well I trust my midwife...I do believe that 'let it happen' but at the same time I do not want to go into hospital and be put on IV with pitocin. I will be really really stressed if I land in hospital to birth. The hypnobirthing just will not be the same...I would not be able to have my candles, or music. I'd be stuck in a sucky delivery room with machines all around me. Sorry to sound so negative, but I totally have my heart set on being at home. I don't know why, I'm just having all sorts of worries about this one coming late, whereas my son came 10 days early.<br><br>
ETA: I can't see NS being an entirely bad thing...because what about all the mama's that are still breast feeding while pregnant?? Unless I'm missing something?</div>
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I can understand not wanting to birth in a hospital, but will your midwife not deliver you at home if you go past your due date? I have friends who have had homebirths between 41.5-43 weeks. It seems strange to me that you would have to automatically go to the hospital if you go past your due date. I'm planning to deliver at home whether it be at 39 weeks or 42 weeks.<br><br>
ETA: Of course I might have missed something about your medical history.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I can understand not wanting to birth in a hospital, but will your midwife not deliver you at home if you go past your due date? I have friends who have had homebirths between 41.5-43 weeks. It seems strange to me that you would have to automatically go to the hospital if you go past your due date. I'm planning to deliver at home whether it be at 39 weeks or 42 weeks.</div>
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I thought if I got to 42 weeks and had to be induced it had to be in hospital?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I thought if I got to 42 weeks and had to be induced it had to be in hospital?</div>
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I guess it would depend on your midwife. My midwife doesn't have those kinds of stipulations. She would probably recommend natural methods of induction, but unless there were obvious issues she wouldn't make me go to the hospital to be induced just because I was late.
 

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I see that you are due December 4th. You have 3 weeks to go before you even get to 42 weeks. Chances are baby will come on her own by then.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I see that you are due December 4th. You have 3 weeks to go before you even get to 42 weeks. Chances are baby will come on her own by then.</div>
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I would relax! Worry and stress won't help. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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