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I had a 43-weeker with my last pregnancy, so I've been pretty darn proactive this time around and I'm a)feeling a tad bit interventionist and b)wondering if I'm the only one and c)hoping there's nothing I'm missing! Lol! I'm 39 weeks today fwiw.<br><br>
So here's my deal:<br><br>
~I've been seeing an acupuncturist 2x a week since 36 weeks.<br>
~Evening primrose oil- orally as my midwife couldn't find studies that said that vaginally worked any better and it's messy! I'm taking 1950mg/day.<br>
~Red raspberry leaf tea- not super consistent with this as I think it gives me heartburn. I just made more iced today though, so I'll try to drink more!<br>
~Clary sage and lavender essential oil blend in sweet almond oil rubbed on my belly and my feet.<br>
~Homeopathic blue cohosh (caulophyllum) daily- my midwife said to increase to 3x day when (if?) I hit 40 weeks.<br>
~Walking daily, although not a ton.<br>
~Sex when I can get it. Lol.<br><br>
And here's the big interventionist one:<br>
~Pumping 3-4x day for 15-20 minutes. I've got a nice freezer stash of colostrum going on- I've pumped 2x today and gotten 30ml! I started at 38 weeks with my midwife's blessing.<br><br>
I think that's about it. I feel like I should also throw out there that I'm not horribly stressed or anxious about labor, I'm just trying to help move things along. Obviously nothing is going to *make* me go into labor unless my body/baby is ready, which clearly it's not because I've been doing all of this for some time and am still absolutely pregnant! Lol!<br><br>
Anything I'm missing?
 

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Hmm....that seems to be all the stuff I've heard works reliably. There's old wives tale stuff left: spicy food, pineapple, eggplant parm....etc. but, that's mostly for giggles or deep desperation I guess. I know there are pressure points that are supposed to help too I guess.<br><br>
I'm not doing anything but, then I'm not to 40 weeks yet either.
 

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Wow! That's alot of stuff! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I'm not doing much at all really. My midwife is having me do the EPO vaginally and taking 5W. But that's it. Oh I'm also drinking RRL, nettles, etc tea.<br><br>
I have a couple freelancing deadlines I need to meet so I actually need for her to stay in for the next two weeks... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> I'm 38 weeks tomorrow. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> We'll see!
 

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Oh- I heard that pineapple and mango and kiwi all work- so I had some mango this morning! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I had forgotten about the eggplant parm, but maybe I'll have that tonight...! Lol- I'm sure the heartburn won't be fun, but I've got Tums...
 

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add RRL tea and capsules to the list <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I read something interesting about spicy food. Apparently the capsaicin in the peppers can limit the ability of the g-spot to lower the amount of pain you feel as the baby descends. I didn't know that the g-spot performed a pain-relieving function during labor, but that is pretty neat and something worth thinking about.<br><br>
If I can remember where I read it, I will link to it.
 
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