How to home induce your self

Amanda - posted on 02/05/2012 ( 231 moms have responded )

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I'm 37wks pregnant and 2cm dilated as of Friday, make doctor wants me to try to go in to labor soon. He said baby is more then ready and at a good weight and would like him to come out soon. Do you have any advice on how I can make this go faster. I have trued a number of things.

-Sex

-Exercise

-Walking

-Leaf Tea

-Cleaning House

-Spicy foods

-Nipple stimulation

-Squatting

-Relaxing

-Message

Ive tried all this a number of times and still nothing.

Any advice???

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Krista - posted on 02/05/2012

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The baby might not be as big as your doctor thinks. Two days before I went into labour, my doctor said that my baby was looking to be between 8.5 and 9.5 lbs.



He turned out to only be 7lbs, 11oz.



You're still only 37 weeks. If you're not going into labour, it means that NO, your baby is NOT "more than ready".



The only way to really induce labour is to get a medical induction, and I would really advise against that if it's not absolutely necessary. I had an induction, and I can tell you now that it is NOT fun. Try to tell your doctor to cool his jets a bit.

Erin - posted on 02/05/2012

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Amanda, 4th degree tears are serious. Often women are offered an elective c/s to avoid another bad tear and potential complications (reconstructive surgery, prolapse, incontinence etc). I understand why you're frightened about your old scar tearing again with a bigger baby, but trying to induce (even naturally) at 37 weeks is an all around bad idea. You run the risk of your baby having all sorts of typical 'premature' problems with breathing, sucking, temperature regulation etc. Some babies exhibit many signs of prematurity at 37wks and need time in the NICU or Special Care.



I am very pro-natural birth. I am actually returning to uni to be a midwife this year. But in your situation, I would choose the c/s when you go into spontaneous labour over inducing so early. You will at least be sure your baby is ready.

Krista - posted on 02/06/2012

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FFS, people. PLEASE stop recommending castor oil. Yes, it works for some women, with no adverse effects, but it can be VERY dangerous.



The side effects from castor oil can include:



diarrhea

vomiting

contractions of the uterus (may or may not be labor)

nausea



There are practitioners who do not recommend castor oil because of potential side effects like dehydration (from loose stools and/or vomiting), fetal distress and meconium in the baby.



Seriously? Castor oil is NOT worth the risk to your baby's health.

April - posted on 02/06/2012

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http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/prematu...







the above is an article that explains the definition of premature. Notice that 37 weeks is considered "late pre-term". Also, ultrasounds are notorious for being inaccurate. They can actually be off by 3 weeks! If your doctor said your baby is more than ready at 37 weeks, then I would get a new doctor. I hope you're not trying to home induce still. Your "37 weeker" could really be a 34 weeker. Let nature do it's job.

Erin - posted on 02/06/2012

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DO NOT DO CASTOR OIL!!! That is really bad advice. The risks to a 37 weeker are quite significant.



Just focus on getting your body ready for birth. Concentrate on good posture to ensure optimal positioning of baby. Take the RRL tea, or do the EPO (neither of which will put you into labour, but they may help get things soft and ready). Forget about the size estimate from the U/S. Late term scans are notoriously inaccurate for predicting foetal weight (+/- 20%). My daughter was shown to be 10lb 7oz a week before she was born and came out 9lb 6oz.

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Sherri - posted on 08/29/2012

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Just an FYI this is back from Feb her baby is 6mo's old now.

Tiffany - posted on 08/29/2012

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Some other things you can try are: simple yoga stretches, rubbing the inside of your ankle right above the ankle bone with your first three fingers (I know that one sounds a little weird but I did it and I think it was one of the things that helped me go into labor), the only thing I don't recommend is taking a shower (I know every person is different and it might help you, but it slowed my labor down, so there you go). I hope these-albeit few-suggestions help you out.

Jessica - posted on 02/19/2012

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Have you been doing a lot of squatting, walking, tailor sitting and perineal massage? These can help stretch and prepare your perineum for labor and help prevent tearing.

Also, your doctor can use almond oil to help soften and stretch the perineum during pushing.

You are ONLY 37 weeks. Give your baby time. He/She benefits from being inside you till he/she is ready to come out.

Sarah Klauzer recommended membrane sweep and castor oil. I would not do the membrane sweep as it is super painful. However, if you get put between a rock and a hard place (i.e. your doc will induce you if you don't have this baby by ________.) Castor oil is not the end of the world. I did it with 2 oz in a root beer float, something to eat that I was willing to throw up later, 2 more oz in a root beer float. Give 6-8 hours to start working.

Krista - posted on 02/19/2012

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Seeing as Amanda has not commented in awhile, and that she would be 39 weeks along as of today, I would assume that she has either found her answer or had her baby by this point. I will lock the thread, and hopefully she will return and give us an update.



Thank you for your contributions, everybody.



Krista E.

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Gaela - posted on 02/19/2012

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"stretching the cervix" and "cleaning your membranes" (sweeping your membranes) only works if your cervix is thin and "ripe" or soft. it cannot be done unless the cervix is favorable.

Donna - posted on 02/19/2012

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An osteopath can help with that. My osteopath worked my pelvis at 37.5 weeks, to open it up and help make labour easier. She assured me that I would go into labour soon after that appointment, and she was right. I went into labour 2 days later, and had a smooth delivery. 6 hours and only small, superficial tears.

Anne - posted on 02/19/2012

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sex sex and more sex!!! the prostaglandins will do the trick!!!

your husband will wonder " how come I got sooo lucky??? good luck..

Melissa - posted on 02/19/2012

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i was on medication to help me sleep before i was pregnant with my daughter. I had also been on anti-depressants. Well the doctors started messing with my meds when i got pregnant. Meanwhile htey took me off the ones that helped me sleep and i needed something to help me sleep at night too and something to help calm me. Both my family doctor and a psychiatrist and 2 pharmacist had told me that chamomile tea was fine to drink to help sooth me. Well i had seen the psychiatrist before i actually got in to my ob/gyn thanks to my family doctor messing up referals, but the ob also refered me to a dietician because i was at risk for gestational diabetes too. So she was trying to prevent that. Talking to that dietician she told me chamomile tea CAN cause pre-term birth so i was to stay away from it. For me in my situation at the time with being on an emotional rollercoaster, and issues sleeping that was the worst news in the world for me! She told me only have 1 glass if i really really couldn't sleep or if it was at the end of my pregnancy!

Kira - posted on 02/19/2012

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If ur doctor want u to go into labour that fast he can strech ur cirvix and clean ur membrain it hurts alot but it induces labour and with in 24 hours ur in full labour. I had it done with my 3rd baby... I did everything that is suggested here from vigerouse sex to bumpy roads to mall walking to message and nothing worked, if ur doctor wants the baby out that bad he/she has the no how and skill to induce u naturally...

Gaela - posted on 02/19/2012

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recovering from a c section is NOT easier than recovering from a 4th degree tear! And just because you tear like that with a first baby, does NOT mean you will tear like that with a second baby. The slower the baby descends the birth canal, the less likely you are to tear. That is why a lot of hospital midwives have the mother "grunt the baby down" or "breathe the baby down" rather than forced pushing.

Tiffany - posted on 02/19/2012

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Talk to a massage therapist. I work with one and she said there is a specific nerve or something in the ankle that you stimulate to induce pregnancy. She did it for herself with both of her children. Not sure if it works for everyone but talk to someone about it, they might have some suggestions.

Nancy - posted on 02/19/2012

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Try Organic Red Raspberry Leaf tea, worked like a charm for me, you can pick it up at the Superstore on Joe Howe!!

Megan - posted on 02/19/2012

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My midwife suggested evening primrose oil. One capsule internally and one orally everyday. If you use this internally it's best to do it just before bed and insert it like a tampon. Apparently this helps to soften your cervix.

Krystal - posted on 02/19/2012

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when i was pregnant with our third i couldnt wait to have him i was going to be induced but there was an over amount of women delivering that day so my dr sent me home i was upset cause i was so uncomfortable and huge so i took two but tablespoons of castor oil and two 8oz glasses of luke warm water did some walking and within 4hrs i was in the delivery room. he came out so fast it was crazy a 3hr start to finish delivery he was 9.5lbs and 22 1/2 inches long i am now on my 5th child and this work for the last two just be ready to go as soon as you feel the contractions starting....good luck

Gaela - posted on 02/19/2012

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Amanda, first of all, 37 weeks (especially if it's according to a sonogram due date and not actual date of ovulation) can be way too early. An average pregnancy last 41 weeks and 1 day. It's not unusual for a pregnancy to last 42 weeks. Also, please remember that sonograms can be off by up to 2 lbs on baby's weight. Because of these discrepancies of the sonogram, we're having more and more babies born early with lower birth weights. It does make a difference in baby's developement to stay in the womb as long as nature intended. That being said, there is nothing that will work to get you into labor if your body is not ready. You can take supplements or engage in all those activities, but if your cervix is not "ripe" you will be wasting your time. Even pitocin and cervadil don't always work on the first try when your body isn't ready. My best advice (I'm a certified labor doula and past L & D nurse, by the way) is to enjoy these last weeks of pregnancy....get all the rest you can, enjoy sleeping through the night and feeling your baby move inside you. Before you know it, this pregnancy will be a distant memory. Best of luck and healthy happy baby!

Bernie - posted on 02/19/2012

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please do allow that baby to be delivered when he or she is ready, just relax and eat healthy food, healthy baby, healthy delivery for you all when the time is right and you dgo into labor naturally. I was a OB nurse for 20 years

Evita - posted on 02/19/2012

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Dont worry i had very bad time having my first but had no probs having twins they were a lot easier !! Nothing really works well nothing other than listed above relax and walk the tears have to do with the way you have baby not the size if you are good and ripe then u wont tear !! rub olive oil below between door 2 and 3 will soften the skin help reduce chance of tears. You are tormenting yourself if something goes other to plan then u will regret it and blame yourself - My 2nd twin needed to go on a c pap because of her breathing seeing your baby rigged up to machines or suffering from colic reflux etc is not worth it

Eileen - posted on 02/19/2012

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I've been there. Let nature decide and don't let him induce you before 40 weeks if there are no complications. I don't know anyone who has had a positive experience with pitocin. Does the doc have a vacation coming up?

Kristin - posted on 02/19/2012

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Oh, and whether you use castor oil or not, staying hydrated in labour is KEY! A labour coach once explained it like getting really dehydrated and then trying to fit your fist into your mouth, you're lips are going to crack and split and it'll hurt, if you stay hydrated everything is much softer and stretchier! :-)

Kristin - posted on 02/19/2012

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Dear Amanda. I'm assuming you've had your baby by now! Hope everything has gone well. Just in case you're still waiting, try ACUPRESSURE. http://health.indianetzone.com/acupressu... There are two points, one above your ankle, and one in the webbing between thumb and finger. Like everything else you've mentioned, it will only work if baby is actually ready to come.



All the best!.

June - posted on 02/19/2012

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I was 3 cm for 2 weeks He finally came out at 39 weeks. I ate a huge steak dinner with salad and lots of sweet tea 24 hours before. The filling of my stomach pushed the baby and within 20 hours he was born. I guess the sugar made my son active. It worked for me good luck.

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It doesn't sound like there is a medical reason for the baby to come right now. Babies come when they are ready, anything else could cause problems for you and the baby. Trust your baby to know when that is. Trust your body.

Michelle - posted on 02/19/2012

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ask your Dr. to stretch you when you are getting ready to push. My midwife did this for me and I had no tearing with my second baby. I had really bad tearing with my first. She just gently did that with her fingers and I slowly stretched out.

Laurie - posted on 02/19/2012

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The only thing that could really help is the prostaglandins in semen. You have already tried that so you now just have to wait. I wouldn't even try. Having a baby at 37 weeks is probably fine but puts the baby more at risk for having respiratory issues than one at 39 weeks. Let your body be in charge and don't rush things.

Kristy - posted on 02/19/2012

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I did castor oil with 2 of mine and was fine. Just drink plentyof fluids before hand. I advise taking it before you go to bed and make sure you have a waterproof pad under you on your bed. Water breaking on your bed will ruin your mattress. I was told that nipple stimulation would take days of doing it for hours.

Trish - posted on 02/19/2012

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Please just wait until baby is ready. The woman's body is an amazing machine & instead of focusing on joy to jump start labor, why don't you try methods to prepare your body for a maybe larger baby. The ultrasounds are frequently incorrect & it's not worth the risk to the baby. My third baby was 8lbs 15 ou. & I delivered w no drugs whatsoever and minimal intervention at 38 1/2 weeks. You can do it... Think of your healthy baby! Read Ina May Garten for inspiration & tips. Good luck!

Bev - posted on 02/19/2012

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It suprises me your doctor would say that to you. I was in that situation and my doctor said the baby is ready you are not, he looked right at my husband and said forcing this could cause more trauma to my body, if I forced labor. He laughed and said I could walk but no rail road tracks a week later when she was ready she came :-) .Good luck.

Lynda - posted on 02/19/2012

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What is the reason the doctor wants the baby to come sooner? How is your health? Does your doctor have vacation scheduled? Only if the baby is at risk, or you are at risk, or you are beyond 42 weeks should there be any encouragement for delivery at 37 weeks.



IIf this helps: I was dilated 3cm 4 weeks prior to my delivery of my 19 yr.old daughter who was born at 37 weeks. It happened to just work out that way :)

Michelle - posted on 02/19/2012

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Castro oil. I put 2tablespoons in a cup of my favorite drink and I had contractions and was on my way to the hospital before I knew it.

Tiffany - posted on 02/19/2012

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it seems to me that if your doctor wanted you to go into early labor for some reason, he'd induce it or give you advice on how to make that happen. The fact that you've done so much to try to get this baby to come early and it hasn't responded just might indicate that nature knows better than you do and you should leave him/her right where he/she is to finish developing.

Sandy - posted on 02/19/2012

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You are only 37 weeks my friend! Your baby is not ready! The final stages of lung maturity are at the end of pregnancy, so allow nature to finish and just relax! Baby will come when it's time! Good Luck!



signed,

A labor and Delivery Nurse!

Patti - posted on 02/19/2012

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Prematurely stripping of membranes when the body is not ready to labor can lead to catostrophic consequences. specifically neonatal sepsis (blood infection) which can have devastating consequences

Fearna - posted on 02/19/2012

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Babies come when they are ready. There is too much fooling around with inducing, determining due date, etc. these days!!! If there is not a problem with the baby's health, leave it alone - it's obviously not ready! Consider the alternatives for a problematic labor before it starts and pray for an easier birth than you had the last time.

Patti - posted on 02/19/2012

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ABSOLUTELY DO NOT INDUCE AT 37 WEEKS!

I am a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner with >30 years of experience, and can tell you first hand that a babys lungs are not fully developed until mom has completed her 38th week of pregnancy. A 37 week infant whose lungs are not fully developed can have a worse respiratory course and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit stay than an infant born at 24 weeks gestation.

Let nature take its course!!!

Munique - posted on 02/19/2012

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I agree, docs don't always know best, mine told me when I went in for pre-term contractions that they don't stop labor after 34 wks and that I should feel free to encourage labor at any time because she won't stay in much longer anyway, I'm due this coming Thurs (2/23/12) and though I've had a lot of vag d/c (sorry if it's tmi) and a slow amniotic fluid leak--- not to mention she shifts up and down so every Leopold's measurement (the tape measure on your belly) is WAAAAY off-- they've started to suggest induction due to her "size" which by ultrasound (although inaccurate, still better than leopold's) she's 7lbs 9 oz, I'm not inducing, I'm not panicking.... I've never made it past 26 wks before and this will be my first lil survivor..... Doctors tend to rush things toward the end and cause unnecessary panic, especially if they have a big practice w/ multiple pts due at the same time..... just wait it out---if they're really worried about another major tear then a scheduled c/s is the way to go and don't let them push you to do otherwise :)

good luck!

Jessica - posted on 02/19/2012

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Lots and lots of walking and sex, otherwise my only advice is if at all possible let things happen naturally. When I went into labor with my daughter at 42 1/2 weeks I had a perfect birth. With my son the Dr induced me at 40 weeks which caused a world of problems, and I wound up needing a c-section which I was knocked out for so I did not wake until about 2 hours after my son was born and I was the last person to see and hold him. All these factors put me in a deep depression which took a long time for me to dig myself out of. I wish you the best of luck.

Star - posted on 02/19/2012

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Castor Oil! ( laxitive ) It works, I took a tablespoon and 4 hrs later was in labor..

Sarah - posted on 02/19/2012

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Just read Barbara's encouraging reply and thought I would add to my post from below. I came to the conclusion that if you can aim to let things happen naturally rather than have an artificial induction, its more likely to be a natural birth. The artificial induction contractions were way more severe and wore me out so much my labour stopped, and it was rather complicated. I was determined not to be pushed into an artificial induction second time round. Everyone and their babies are completely different. I seem to have late, big babies, but I hung in there second time round and it was all ok. Sorry maybe you have already answered this, but how big does your doctor think baby will be? All the best :)

Sarah - posted on 02/19/2012

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I too had big babies, unfortunately they were both late, but I learned that my natural late labour second time round was infinitely better than the artificial induction. Blueberry shakes...blueberries apparently contain natural prostagladins which may help prepare your cervix. One thing that really I think worked for me was Evening Primrose oil capsules...not swallowed but (ahem) inserted somewhere else if you get my drift. Put an old towel on your bed, pop a couple up there as near to cervix as possible and have a lie down for a while. Now this can be messy and you need to talk to your midwife/doctor etc to check this is ok for you. In the 3 weeks leading up to birth each of the 3 times I did this I had full on false labors (same pain level as usual labour but stopped after a few hours). 2 weeks before birth I was already 2cm dilated and in the week before birth I was already 5cm dilated. When I arrived in hospital I was already 8cm dilated which I attribute to the oil softening and preparing cervix. Delivered a 9 lb 2 oz boy with some gas during labour - hugely different to the horrible artificial induction and complicated birth I had with first son. Good luck!

Barbara - posted on 02/19/2012

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I have been a labor and delivery nurse for 16 years and always hear from mom's that they want to have this over with. Babies most of the time will come when they are ready and nothing is going to move things along unless it is medical intervention such as rupture of membranes (breaking your water) or using Pitocin. Please give your baby its 40 weeks. By the way I have three children and loved being pregnant but I know some women don't.

Sharon - posted on 02/19/2012

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I think that perineal massage with sweet almond oil to start stretching the tissue can help minimize tearing. You might want to look into that and ask your massage therapist and/or your doc about that. Good luck!

Sharon - posted on 02/19/2012

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Your baby will come out when it's ready. That said, things that MAY help:



Stripping membranes (have a professional ob or midwife do this)

Acupuncture

Going up and down stairs (carefully!).



Good luck!

Alaina - posted on 02/19/2012

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Caster Oil does work, but will not be safe. It causes vomiting and diarrhea which can make you dehydrated and the baby. Its not a good one trust me, and if you ask your doctor they will agree. Also I agree with many people asking why at 37 weeks? Thats premature and most doctors unless its medically necessary would stop your labor at this point and send you home. Im not so sure that you, your body, or your baby are healthy enough yet?

Morgan - posted on 02/19/2012

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caster oil... horrible stuff, but it works like a charm... you puke, but that triggers the contractions... my water broke 12 hours after i took it.

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