I am four days over due, what to do? and trust me I have done everything!
Carianne - posted on 07/27/2009
I was 4 days early with my first and 4 days late with my second... SO frustrating! I seriously tried everything in the book too. I know it's discouraging, but seriously just save your energy and don't try all that junk. It for real doesn't work, and if you know someone it worked for, it was probably just coincidence. Your baby will be here before you know it... then you might just want to have him/her put back in :). Good luck!
Danielle - posted on 07/27/2009
The good news, if they have not done it yet. Is they will give you a stress test for the baby and check the fluid level. If they at all dont appear to be good, then they will induce. I tried just about everything but the castor oil, and my son was still 5 days past. I would not suggest nipple stimulation, I have heard it can make labour more painful. The only thing you can do really is wait, if you go past 2 weeks they will induce. I know its not what you want to hear. I sure didnt, but thats the way the body works.
Amy - posted on 07/26/2009
I went 5 days overdue with my first...I googled everything and came across a restaurant in Ga that guaranteed their eggplant parmigiana would send an overdue woman into labor within 48hrs. I did not live in Ga, so the hubs took me to a local authentic Italian joint, I ate the dish and about 12hrs later my water broke...lol.
Molly - posted on 06/05/2009
Hang in there mama! As long as baby is doing well, let him/her be born in their own time.
That said, you might ask your dr/midwife if they will strip your membranes. It's frequently effective, they basically do a cervical exam with some extra stretching and sweeping, which can get labor started.
ShaTerra - posted on 06/05/2009
wait it out unfortunately lol. i was 5 days overdue with my son and i tried alot of the wives tales and they didnt work. this is just a case of the baby will come when it wants lol. dr's usually dont like to induce unless you go over 42 wks or waiting is harming the baby. i know how miserable you may be feeling
Mandy - posted on 05/22/2009
Trust your body and your baby. Also, my massage therapist has had a lot of success with her full-term mommies. She massages the shoulders and neck very deeply, which relaxes mom and sends energy downward to the uterus. Then she would focus on the feet, which she avoided during the first trimester because the reflexology has been shown to induce miscarriage. There are reflexology charts online which will tell you the spots on your hands and feet that "connect' to the uterus. My doctor also told me with my first son that sex is very useful in helping labor along. The progestrone in your partner's sperm help induce mild contractions, as does orgasm. He said to stay laying down on my side following intercourse to let the progestrone sink into my cervix. My sister in law said that walking, and gravity help also. Good luck. I do not recommend inducement unless there is a problem with the baby. Birth is a natural process, and when "helped" along to extremes, becomes more painful and harder than necessary. I was induced the first time, and would never do it again unless my baby was in danger. My cousin signed the papers waiving her dr of liability and was 2 weeks "overdue" when she delivered a perfectly healthy little girl at home. Due dates are relative, not exact, and shouldn't become a source of worry for you when you have things to look forward to.
User - posted on 05/06/2009
I was at the doctor yesterday and he noticed my pedicure... he asked how long ago I had it done and if I felt contractions afterward. When I asked him why, he said that when they massage your feet, they can actually hit a spot that causes labor/ contractions.... some kind of acupuncture thing. I didn't really notice contractions myself, but I was also only 33 weeks along... plus, I think everyone is different. He said that he actually tries to discourage moms from having pedi's late in the pregnancy. This was surprising to me because he is a very down to earth, no nonsense guy.... so if he believes it works for some women, it might be worth a shot.... Good Luck!!
Roslyn - posted on 05/01/2009
It's so hard to know if any of these things really induce labour. When I was 9 months pregnant some guy told me that his wife ate a Teen Burger from Burger King when she was 3 weeks overdue, and after one bite she went into labour! Despite his conviction, I did not rush out and buy myself a Teen Burger. We tried almost everything when I was overdue, and in the end went for a bumpy car ride and 9 hours later I was in labour. But whether that was what worked, or whether it was just the last thing we tried before I went into labour... no one really knows. I hear the best remedy is good old-fashioned patience! And enjoy the last few nights of not having to wake up to feed and change a new little one. :)
Serina - posted on 04/25/2009
I noticed some of the moms mention sex... I might sound weird but using a viberator is suppose to work really well. Its because they cause more intense orgasms and creates strong contractions... but dont expect it first time you do it. Try that along with the nipple thing and squats. Best of luck!!
Stephanie - posted on 04/21/2009
My daughter was 8 days late and i tried everything!! spicy food, excersice, lots of sex. nothing much to do, but then Kira was removed my v section after a 36 hour labour.
try doign some medium excersises not to stressful though!
Kelly - posted on 04/21/2009
It's such a frustrating time - you are ready but baby isn't. I was 2 weeks overdue with my first and 8 days with my second. If you can hold out as long as you can, you're better off. Inductions are very painful so I've been told by any woman who has had one. Makes labour longer and harder for you.
I had a Doula for my babies and they also suggested nipple stimulation. If you want, take your breast pump and pump for no more then 20 minutes. If contractions start, stop the pumping and see what pans out. I did it for 2 nights with no luck. However, when I was in labour and things weren't really moving along beyond 20 min. contractions. I tried it again and in an hour went from 20 min. to 5 min. contractions.
Also, try helping baby into position - lay on your right side for 10 minutes, your back for 10 minutes and then your left for 10 minutes. You're helping baby get into that left facing position to begin his/her journey down the canal!
Be careful of the castor oil, it may bring on labour it diahrrea will also be included. Yuck!
Good luck, I hope it doesn't take much longer for you.
Shannon - posted on 04/19/2009
I was ready to have my daughter about 2 weeks before she was actually born! I went for long walks, had sex (not good at all!!), drank a box of red raspberry leaf tea, and took 4 pills a day (2 orally and 2 vaginally) of this herbal supplement that at the moment I can't remember what it was called (such pregnancy brain!!) None of this worked for me, but you never know with someone else! I was really close to doing the castor oil thing, but chickened out and then next day I was induced so I didn't have to. Good luck!!
Kalie - posted on 04/19/2009
Wow! I feel for you! I was two weeks and 5 days overdue with my son. That was crazy! I tried everything and finally they induced me, and then I even had to have a C-section. Some of the things I tried were long , long walks (not easy at 10 months pregnant!) and nipple stimulation. Someone told me after my nipples didn't hurt breastfeeding because I tried nipple stimulation to try and go into labour. I also took the horrible advice of an aunt and tried Castor Oil. I don't recommend it. It hurts and is scary and gross. I hpoe these help!
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