No labor yet please help!

Raina - posted on 12/26/2009 ( 155 moms have responded )

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Hello everyone, Hope you had a great holiday! I would also like to know if there is anyway to jump start my labor. I was due yesterday Dec. 25 and still no sign of anything. I have been dilated to a 1 for a week now with the baby up high. My first came one day before his due date and labor was a breeze. I feel no signs of anything except pressure. I am looking for help because I really don't like the idea of being induced. Putting chemicals into my body isn't on my priority list if I can help it. Thanks everyone in advance. Raina

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Marjorie R. - posted on 12/27/2009

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Exercise. Relax. Be sexual so that your uterus contracts (nipple stimulation, overall sexual stimulation, orgasm). It doesn't have to be intercourse, just highly stimulating for you one way or the other.

Being one day overdue is not overdue. Your body knows when. 42 weeks is still normal full-term. The medical field overall is worried about lawsuits and they want to control things so in my opinion too many women are induced. Induced labors are almost always miserable.

My experience with my first pregnancy was that I was 10 days over and labor started. Contractions were one minute apart right from the start! First labors are sometimes a little longer as your body has not done this before. Mine was only 8 hours and it was a very good labor compared to what I hear of induced ones which I hear drag on and on and are very painful. Mine was effective labor. The loaf was fully baked and it was time for it to come out of the oven.

Remember your due date may be off a bit, so relax. Also it is normal for first babies to come late.

I think the only way I would allow them to induce is 1)if there was proof that the amniotic fluid was getting less, or 2)if my water had broken and too much time had passed since then without labor so there was risk of infection, or 3)if my baby or I were in danger from waiting so it was absolutely necessary.

My second birth included mild cramping for most of the day which I thought was false labor. Then when I knew it really was labor, I had an orgasm to move things along. Hubby was glad to oblige. It really did help and I soon went to the car to go to the hospital. When I arrived at the hospital, the baby was born in 30 minutes. It was an easy labor overall. I think the sex really helped.

Please know that if you are not giving birth yet it is probably a good thing. It means your body isn't ready. It will be very soon and it will tell you when it is!!!!

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OK, don't want to be a kill joy here but if baby isn't ready to come then s/he won't come. Once s/he's in the right position & ready to go you're body will release the hormones that will get labour started, trying to 'evict' him before he's ready may just lead to a non progressive labour as the baby may not be in a great position to be born.
Try to chill out, just think, you might get up from your chair in 5 mins time & your waters might go, you don't necessarily need 'signs' to know that you're ready, I certainly didn't get any with either of mine.
Oh & don't be fooled into thinking that you HAVE to be induced if you don't want to be, you can always request further monitoring to check placental function & if all looks well you could wait it out.
Fingers crossed that you're cuddling your newborn by now!

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Sex. The oxytocin released during female orgasm is the same hormone released during labor. This will work, I promise you! It is not sperm that jumps start the labor, it is your own natural hormone. You really don't even need him to help!

Annie - posted on 12/30/2009

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Hi,

Curry followed by Sex worked for me!!

You could try bathing with clary sage aromatherapy oil (about 4-6 drops). Taking something called collophylum worked for my sister.

I've been told to stay away from Blue Cohosh though as it makes the labour very strong and very fast - not necessarily what you want.



Good luck!

Maxine - posted on 12/29/2009

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honey i know you are getting really impatient now and very uncomfortable but please dont do anything you think my hurry your baby up because there is nothing in my opinion that you can do safely if you must ,ask your doctor what he suggests there might be something that IS safe but really its not worth the risk believe me you will be doing what nature intended soon enough good luck hope you have a healthy happy baby cheers maxine xx

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Colleen - posted on 01/11/2010

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Hi Raina - you'll probably get a billion responses (we love to talk about our labors!), but I just want to say that baby will come when it comes and you can try different stuff but the bottom line is God's in control so you just gotta take it day by day, one moment at a time, and do what you think is best every step of the way. I have five kids and one stillborn if that helps my credibility at all.

Lauren - posted on 01/09/2010

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This might sound funny, but really rough sex. It helped me with my 1st child. Now with the second, I didn't want to be touched, and I just went naturally. Do a lot of working on your feet. I had spent 12 or so hours on my feet and went into labor with my second one that night. Hope it helps if you haven't already had the baby.

Iris - posted on 01/09/2010

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I don't mean to be rude or anything. But when I was pregnant, my husband and I had sexual intercourse (doggie style) and that brought on my labor a couple of hours later...

Jackie - posted on 01/08/2010

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fineally had the baby on the 6 of this month. went into labour at 2 in the morning went to the hospital at 10.30 and had her at 12.50. from second stage it took 4 minutes to have her. well done to me, i think it needs a clap for that effort

Anita - posted on 01/07/2010

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walking and evening prim rose oil--you can get it at the drugstore or a vitamin store

Bernadette - posted on 01/07/2010

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caster oil will give you the runs. love making might help but I am not sure there is anything, dates could wrong, try acupuncture and but be patient.

Patricia - posted on 01/06/2010

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Hi Raina, I would suggest alot of walking if you are able to. My mother recommended to me castor oil, but i would not recommend it,lol. sex helps get things started,if that is something you might consider, myself it was the last thing on my mind when i was pregnant with my girls,lol. Good luck,Patricia Tait.

Alicia - posted on 01/04/2010

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I couldn't read all of the comments but from what i saw you got some really good advice. But Raina I am just curious did you deliver yet?

Jackie - posted on 01/04/2010

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went yo the doctors 2day as i am 40 weeks and 1 day and they induced me manualey and now im in so much pain its not funny. well it will come when its ready.

Jackie - posted on 01/04/2010

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went yo the doctors 2day as i am 40 weeks and 1 day and they induced me manualey and now im in so much pain its not funny. well it will come when its ready.

Teresa - posted on 01/03/2010

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Hey Cassandra did you try to get a hold of me? If so I've been having a hard time replying back if not well have a nice day lol

Flora - posted on 01/03/2010

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I HAD 5 CHILDREN AND THEY WERE ALL LATE. ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO 3 WKS. THAT LITTLE ONE WILL COME WHEN SHE OR HE IS READY. LET NATURE TAKE ITS COARSE. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BABY.

Flora - posted on 01/03/2010

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I HAD 5 CHILDREN AND THEY WERE ALL LATE. ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO 3 WKS. THAT LITTLE ONE WILL COME WHEN SHE OR HE IS READY. LET NATURE TAKE ITS COARSE. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BABY.

Chinggay - posted on 01/03/2010

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by this time, you should be a new mother. congratulations!



but if not, what your ob told you? i guess as long as your 'water' is still there, the baby is safe. my own doctor advised me to just walk around until i am ready. but really your doctor shld be doing something.

Carol - posted on 01/02/2010

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Hope you already have your baby, but if not, I agree with Melanie about the massage option. Look for someone who specializes in pregnancy massage if you can find someone in your area. Explain that you are hoping to relax and go into labor. It worked for me. I had a massage in the late afternoon and went into labor that evening. Good luck!

Carrol - posted on 01/02/2010

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Try eating something spicy!! I ate some spicy chicken wings and spicy chicken burger and then about 5 hours later i went into labour.. along with a lot of walking and sex.. but i did the walking and sex the day before and nothing.. as soon as i was done eating the wings and burger i could feel myself going into labour.. its helped a few of my friends as well!! good luck

Jennifer - posted on 01/02/2010

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I am just reading this and by now I pray you have delivered! If not then I would suggest you clean house from top to bottom. That is what helped me!

Rebecca - posted on 01/02/2010

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i was 2 wks late and everyone told me to walk but it did not work at all good luck

Beth - posted on 01/02/2010

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I totally agree with having your doctor strip your membranes... that worked in 3 out of my 4. Between that, a full moon, and a front moving in, that is what brought about all three of my natural labors. My one induction was just not happening and while it was not comfortable, it was an easier labor then the natural one where I stalled out and they had to give me Pitocin anyway in the middle of it. Best of luck!!

Rachel - posted on 01/02/2010

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If you haven't already had your baby...which I hope you have....try accupressure. Worked great for me.

Kristy - posted on 01/02/2010

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You have probably heard so many theories, like lots of sex with ejaculation inside to help naturally induce, but I heard this one from a lady at Home Depot when I was a week late, Walnut and Ranch salad, A leafy salad with Walnuts and Ranch Dressing. I was willing to try anything. I also was helping rake gravel and building a rock retaining wall, so which thing helped I am not sure but I tried all of these things....Good Luck!

Leanne - posted on 01/02/2010

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Sex didnt really work for me from my duedate to +7 overdue, even though i was dilating.

I had sweep at 41wks i was 2cm. Day after, at night we had sex, i was in hos by 2am, she arrived 7:37am that morning :)

Celeste - posted on 01/02/2010

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I heard about raspberry tablets from a friend, hot bath, sex and a walk should do the trick. This is probably too late but anyway some tips.

Lori - posted on 01/02/2010

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Raspberry tea! Not raspberry flavored, but true raspberry tea. If you are almost there it will speed things along....no effect if you are not ready. Worked for me... a cup every few hours!

Michelle - posted on 01/02/2010

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I used a yoga ball, I was dilated 2 cm. ( for 2 weeks ) So the ball that I sat & bounced on made my water break & I started labor! Hope this helps you Good Luck & Happy New Year!

Gail - posted on 01/02/2010

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Take a ride on a very bumpy road in a car with not too great shocks...good luck!!!

Cora - posted on 01/02/2010

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I hate to say this, but the baby willcome when it is ready. I have had 3 children. The first 2 were 15 days over. They broke my water on the 2nd one but he was already on the way. My 3rd child was born 2 days after the due date. If there is nothing wrong with the pregnancy they should have to put chemicals in your body. My first 2 pregnancy's were natural delivery all the way. Good luck with the new baby.

Tiffany - posted on 01/02/2010

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i was a week over and found that castor oil and orange juice broke my water and made me go into labour 6 hours after i drank it. it was a normal size glass with a teaspoon of caster oil... you cant taste the oil either.

though everyone is different i tried walking, bumpy rides.... i was too big to have lots of sex it was too uncomfortable

Gayle - posted on 01/02/2010

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When I started dialiating it was a slow process. I started walking everyday for at least 20 minutes. I started labor within a week. Hope that helps.

Jackie - posted on 01/02/2010

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look everyone has something to say how it will come, but realilty is it will come when its ready. look at me i was in labour at 34 weeks and the hospital stopped it now i have nothing but trouble with the pregnancy. i have been in and out of hospital and now im due and i have tried everything for this baby to come so really just sit back and let mother nature take her course.good luck

Colleen - posted on 01/01/2010

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for goodness sake...don't jump start anything as the baby could be not ready yet...a doc did that to my third and hewas born early and his lungs didn't expand....panic....don't do it...be patint...wait...babe comes when ready

Jennifer - posted on 01/01/2010

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Hopefully you had that baby, but like you I was dialated to a 1 for a week. Yes sex was prescribed and we were doing that but I told my Dr. that I wanted the baby to come over the weekend at my visit on Friday and he took the liberty to jam his finger up there and break the "plug" as he called it and I went into labor Saturday night after a warm bath. I'm thinking combo - walked 3 miles every day, sex, Dr. doing his job-MAIN THING and the warm bath on Saturday earlier evening. She was born Sun morn 7am, thankfully as the Dr. said lets get this down, I have an 8:30 Tee time!!

Raina - posted on 01/01/2010

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thank you everyone for the advice. Happy New Year to everyone also. We still have no baby but I still have one more thing to try. I think though that contractions maybe coming more often today and we may have a little one before the weekend is over. I have been very uncomfortable all day and have had quite a few contractions. We'll see what happens. Thanks again for the advice!

DENISE - posted on 01/01/2010

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Ask your doctor to loosen your membranes for you cervix. My doctor did that with my last 2 kids an i had them with in the next 48 hours.... cant tell you if labor with be painful b/c all of mine was a breeze... I hope this helps you an you have your bundle of joy soon... Happy new Year!!! P.S. also when your have a contraction, just give a sllt push like your going potty, helped me, had them with in an hour of my water braking.. Good Luck.

EVELYN - posted on 01/01/2010

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Raina, i know how you feel it was the same way with my six child i was told to walk a lot and i do mean a lot of walking.That is the safe way.

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Hi Raina,

I am a Homeschooling Mommy of 5, and baby #4, was due around the 4th of July. Not wanting to miss my doc, who was going out of town, the midwife gave me some "helpful hints" to get things going. Drink as many Big Gulps of Castor Oil as you can. This will not only "clean you out", which is a GREAT way to go into labor, but it also Jump Starts your body, and gets labor going. I took it that night, around 6:00p.m, and was in Good, strong, active labor by midnight! Had baby in my arms by 5:00 a.m.~

Amanda - posted on 01/01/2010

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oh and I second evening primrose oil -- you actually can put a capsule right in your vagina...not to be too bold

Amanda - posted on 01/01/2010

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a salad with balsamic vinegar dressing, and a lot of walking are sure fire...have a great natural delivery

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Hi Raina, How exciting! The anticipated arrival is soon. All I was told was in 1991 and 1994 when I had my children I was that alot of walking would help the baby to drop down into position and start things if I did kept it up. I walked 2 miles everyday but obviously you never want to over due... My births were like 2 1/2 hours with both of our children~ With my daughter they broke my water because I was dialated 41/2 and it just hadn't broke yet. With my son my water broke when I stood up out of bed They are 15 yrs and 18 yrs now... Enjoy every moment of the new arrival~God Bless You Im praying for a easy birth for you and the baby and soon.~Sandra

Lisa - posted on 01/01/2010

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I walked a lot with my daughter and was told at the hospital to walk to help a natural induction also. Just a thought

Dianne - posted on 01/01/2010

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Quoting Jen:

Lots of sex!!! The sperm will soften the cervix so it can do its job.



it's true, apparently there is something in semen that can induce labour...and according to my midwife, it is even more effective if ingested (yuck!)...also, accupuncture or massage can help!!

Kim - posted on 01/01/2010

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I did not want to be induced with my second child and I was nearing that cut off date. My doula and midwife said I could try castor oil. I tried it when she was one week over due but it didn't work. My midwife said if your body is ready it will work. Well, I tried it a week later and used a different recipe. This reciped was with root beer pop and ice cream. It went down way easier. This time it worked right away. I know it's not for everyone. I think a big part was me relaxing . I was so stressed the previous week (my husbands relatives were staying with us!!!!!!) that I think my body just no, not yet. As soon as they were out of the house I tried the castor oil and bam. I was ready to go. Good luck! I also was taking black cohosh now that I think of it and taking primrose.

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