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Okay, so I'm nearing baby time now. The ultrasound said due date of 31, March however, my dates said 15, March. In any case, it's soon.<br><br>
I've been taking two red raspberry leaf capsules twice a day and three days ago I began inserting evening primrose oil capsules vaginally. I'm not sure if I'm doing it right - can I merely insert i the vagina, or do I need to really get them farther in?<br><br>
Today at the OB, I was informed that my cervix is still very thick and not ripe. About a week and a half ago, I was dilated 1 cm - I guess I'm not much different now and the focus was on the cervix being "not ripe."<br><br>
The doc basically told me that if this continues that we will need to schedule a cesarean because they won't induce (prior cesarean).<br><br>
My thing is, I DO NOT want another cesarean unless one of us will die or be severely injured without it.<br><br>
What can I do to speed things along?? Please, anyone!!
 

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I would NOT worry about speeding things along. Babies come when they're ready. If they're going by the u/s dates, you have tons of time.<br><br>
Do not agree to induction or section simply because of dates (especially before 42 weeks)<br><br>
-Angela
 

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That's just it... the OB practice I go to has three docs. Two out of the three say they'll "let" me - I so hate that term - go to 42. The one I was with today said 41 weeks.<br><br>
And, really, what is the danger of going late anyway? I mean, if baby's ready, don't they know it?
 

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Anyone??
 

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There is a higher rate of stillbirth with postdates pregnancies.<br><br>
Try switching to borage oil suppositories. Insert 4 or 5 when you go to bed at night and push them in as far back as you can get them. Break a capsule open and massage the oil into your cervix (you should be able to reach it if you sit on the toilet).<br><br>
Has the doctor stripped your membranes? It's not pleasant, but much better than a c-section!
 

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Since I'll be VBAC-ing, they don't want to do any sort of induction.<br><br>
I just read something about the first vaginal birth - which this would be for me - tending to take longer gestationally, sometimes up to 43 weeks, especially for a woman who has longer menstrual cycles? Mine are 30-31 days, not 28. Anyone know anything about that?
 

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ITA to both points
 

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I don't agree with induction or c/s based on dates either. But us VBAC mamas are put up against the wall alot of times with OB's.<br><br>
I have no advice on how to speed this up for you other than walking everyday for as long as you can comfortably as gravity will always help. Keep up the RRL and such.<br><br>
Good luck! I'll be hoping for your safe VBAC.
 

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I wish... sadly, my husband has been exhausted lately. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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