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I'm due tomorrow, May 24th, with my second child. All along I've been telling myself that I'm comfortable going 10 days overdue before trying natural induction methods, but as my due date approaches I'm realizing that I'm really dreading going overdue at all. I can't really explain why. I'm not terribly uncomfortable or anything. I think I'm just bored and skeptical that my body will go into labor spontaneously. I dunno, maybe I figure that I'm going to have to do something to get labor started anyway, so I might as well do it now.<br><br>
Anyone care to remind me why it's better to wait?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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I was VERY impatient with my dd. I have no explantion as to why. I was just REALLY impatient. To that end, I tried everything "natural" that I could do: sex, walking, breast pump, pineapple, spicy food -- I even asked my CNM to strip my membranes (I didn't know better). I was just SO impatient.<br><br>
Finally I took castor oil, and even that did nothing but give me a few hours of prodromal labor which sucked.<br><br>
When I finally did go into labor, well I had PROM, followed by nothing. Instead of just waiting for labor to start, I go on the pump after about 8h and really hard labor started within minutes. It was awful because I got no time to ease into it; I went from zero to hard active labor.<br><br>
It was not a fun labor or birth, I remember it as being much more painful and difficult than my first birth, despite knowing more and having a shorter labor.<br><br>
So, do as I say, not as I did, try to be patient.<br><br>
OTOH, today IS my bday, so you could go into labor today and it's a GREAT day for a birthday!
 

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My dd was born 14 days past her due date (and our due date was accurate---we were charting so we know exactly when she was conceived), and it was in July (she was due the 16th and was born the 29th) and it was HOT! And the bigger I got with her, the worse my sciatica pain got, in my lower back. But somehow, I was assuming she'd be born late, and that attitude really helped. When she did finally come, she came fast, and it was a wonderful birth. We also tried lots of natural methods to try to get labor started, and we tried them for 2 weeks without a single result (not one early contraction!).<br><br>
I guess what I'd say is, try to imagine your baby right now, in your womb, and that baby is happy to be there, with her/his mama. The baby really will come with it's ready.<br><br>
I remember thinking a lot of how happy my dd must have been in there. Think of how happy that baby is to be inside you, and think of the shock for the baby when it's finally born. Give that baby all the time it wants to be ready! When it finally comes, you'll know that it's the RIGHT time for the baby, and it's the best time for the baby. You are doing your child a favor by letting her stay in there until he/she is ready to come out on her own. She/he is cozy and secure and listening to your heartbeat all day long. That is a happy baby!<br><br>
Another thing to remember, I might have read this in the Bradley childbirth book? That normal gestation is actually 41 weeks, not 40 weeks! What an arbitrary day the EDD is. Hope this helps!
 

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Me too. With the difference being that I was having contractions almost every day for 3 weeks and thought every single day was 'the day'. Miserable. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
But waiting is really worth it! There is no reason to think that your body will never go into labor. Everyone does eventually. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I know not everyone lucks out like I do, but my two post dates babies have been short, relatively easy labors. I would not trade that for an "on time" pit labor, ever.
 

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I believe that 'letting' your baby decide when to be born it's one of the most important birthday gifts you can give your child <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I know how challenging it is to be patient, esp. when you're so ready to meet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/baby.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="baby">! Hang in, and please keep posting for support <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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trust yourself and your baby. I was induced with my first and so absolutely terrified of any kind of induction for the second, intended to go unassisted actually and sorta did (long story)<br><br>
my point being, I was also afraid to go over, and had thoughts that maybe I was wrong and "they" were right and maybe I'd never go into labour, etc, and what do you know, 11 days later I woke at 10 am with ctx and had a baby boy at 3 pm. perfectly lovely delivery and perfectly healthy baby.
 

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Your body knows what to do. The more you stress about dates, the longer he'll stay in there. Stress is not conducive to labor. Relax.
 

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nak<br><br>
your babe and your body know exactly what to do and when to do it.<br><br>
my dd was 3.5 weeks "late" and she's perfect (every new mom says that right?). so mellow. i really think waiting until she was ready has allowed for a laid back temperment.<br><br>
enjoy being pregnant! it's so magical.<br><br>
as pp said, it's very important to relax
 

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Both my babes have been post-dates (42 wks and 42 wks 2 days). They came out alert, perky, easy to nurse, cute as heck. I LOVE late babies. They rock!<br><br>
Plus: babies are MUCH easier to take care of inside than outside. It's a lot easier to be pregnant for a few more days than to take care of a newborn, but you'll get that newborn time inevitably - so look on the bright side, it's like a little pre-baby break!
 
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