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I am 41 weeks today. At the biophysical there was 0 units of amniotic fluid. At my post visit with MW she said there was no chance that there could be the recommended 5 units (mm?) hiding on the other side of babe. Currently umbilical cord is functioning well and babe is a-ok. MW said in this case it could all change very suddenly with dire consequences for baby if cord compresses. DH and I have decided to go to hospital at 5pm, after my chiropractic appointment. I have consented to an insertion of cervadil. Any experiences with this among the Mamas or MW and Doulas? I'm feeling a bit rattled at losing my hopes for laboring at home as long as possible and having little or no interventions. THanks for any advice or support. (also, this is my second baby)
 

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The only think I can think of is have lots of sex and you might not need the Cervadil. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Best of luck!
 

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I'd decline the induction and rest and drink LOTS of water. Amniotic fluid will replinish in many cases. Remember, even though you already agreed to it, they're not going to come looking for you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
-Angela
 

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I agree with Angela. Amn Fluid indexes are very subjective - drink lots of water, get a repeat u/s and go from there. If baby is sounding good with non-stress tests, I'd give it a bit longer.<br><br>
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This is what worked for me: Castor Oil. I've met lots of mamas who it has worked for. Here's the dosage my midwife gave me. It took about 12 hours before I started my first contraction.<br><br>
Take 2 T. wait half hour, if no contractions then,<br>
Take 1 T. wait half hour, if no contractions then,<br>
Take 1 T. do not take any more<br><br>
Castor oil is not the kind of thing where more is better, so if you go this route only take what is recomended. There is no potential risk to you or baby just a lot of sitting on the toilet. I knew a mom who drank a whole bottle at once, she began labor soon thereafter, but I wouldn't recomend it.
 

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I wouldn't do Castor Oil without researching it. There are some downsides (increased chance of meconium I believe...)<br><br>
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I had my last babe at home, with an am. fluid index of 0 {like you}. Yes there is risk of compression- but then why do they break your water at the hospital? Same thing. Were you intending to have a homebirth? You have to follow your heart- and listen to your inner voice. I knew my baby was fine to be birthed at home- so I did. yes drink tons of fluids- it will help both of you.<br><br>
I was 41 weeks and 5 days- the reffering OB told my midwife that I risked still birth, but thats true for anyone, in their words anyone whos water has broken too... See the similarities..?<br><br>
My midwife practices with another- who is about 55-60 years old been attending births for 30 years, and told me at my birth this- "back in the day- this happened alot- but since we didnt have US to tell us that- we didnt know- except after the birth, there is not much fluid." It is a fact that fluid cant tend to diminsh after 40 weeks- thats why so many Dr's are soooo eager, to cover their butts. But why do so many babies come post dates...?<br><br>
I took castor oil that day to induce at 12 noon- and had my baby by 7pm. Castor oil- makes your intestines release prostagladins because they are irritated- {why many women have contractions when they have diarrhea<br>
It can be a hard and fast labor -just so you are prepared.<br><br>
I agreed to go to the hospital at the first sign of any decels for the baby's heart rate- he never had a one. My son did transfer at 45 minutes, just wasnt interested in being real awake, but was breathing fine, he was dehydrated {read: <b>DRING MORE WATER!!!</b>} So- after some fliuds, he came home fine. Regrets: I wish I would have hydrated before trying to go into labor. Baby still gets fluid from you in placenta- its good for them.<br><br>
You have to do whats right for you- evening primrose oil orally and vaginally are good too- as above- have sex!! walk- drink- Herbs- ask your midwife {well- about anything of course}- and talk to your baby- tell baby it would be good to come now- and that you need them to help. They listen they really do!<br><br>
For me- I rather risk castor oil/herbs than pitocin and any other drugs that can make your body do things it would never naturally do {rediculously huge long contractions -bad for baby-there is a reason why your body naturally takes breaks in between - for you AND baby} herbs/castor oil ask the body to do its best- for some- do nothing- you will never hear about a woman getting pitocin-and not having contractions. never.<br><br>
best wishes--
 

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Amniotic fuid can go down if yo uare dehydrated. I would fluid load and insist on another ultrasound before doing anything else.
 
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