Long Labor?

Samantha - posted on 12/29/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Just wanting some more input from people other than my family (who tend to panic). On Sunday, I began having very regular (5 minutes apart) and strong contractions. So I went to the hospital. I was there for three hours, no change in dilation or effacement (been 4 CM dilated and 70&efface since Friday) so they sent me home to labor until the contractions got even closer together or my water broke. It is now Wednesday, my contractions have gotten considerably stronger, but they are now 10-15 minutes apart. When they hit, I can barely stand, can not talk and really have to focus on my breathing. The pressure in my pelvis is crazy! This is my second child, but I was induced for the first. Anyone know how I can help speed this up a bit? I have tried sex, walking, sitting on an exercise ball, and even some acupressure points (which help me to feel WONDERFUL!). Thanks.

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Stephanie - posted on 01/06/2011

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She never said her water broke, just got sent home until option A or option B happened. They do deliver quicker if the water breaks though due to infection. Can't they start you on an IV at the hospital with Pytocin or something to help move things along, or are you going au natural? I can't imagine how frustrated you are, good luck with everything.

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Samantha - posted on 01/18/2011

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Thank you everyone! My water broke early morning on January 3, had baby girl at 1:26 that afternoon. I was thrilled when things started moving along. I was supposed to see my OB that day anyway, so it all worked out in my favor! Baby is healthy and happy, but big sister is still adjusting! Thank you for your support!!!!

Leslie - posted on 01/01/2011

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i thought if your water broke and baby not born in 48 hrs there is a problem. my labor was 28 hrs and they induce me at 16 and ask for pain killer at 20 hrs. only dliated at 3 when was induce. i would ask another doctor adivce

Casey - posted on 12/30/2010

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Just keep walking, hot baths, massages, someone told me the playing with your nipples can get things moving and I agree with Amy the raspberry leaf tea does help if you can get your hands on some, try to stay relaxed and also try to get some rest if you can, good luck and I hope it's not to much longer :)

Brianna - posted on 12/30/2010

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i say go back to the hospital the baby should be delievered 24 hours after waterbreaks

Samantha - posted on 12/30/2010

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Still no baby. Ended up going to the hospital last night, but they sent me home again after 2 hours because there has been no change in my dilation (4cm), though my cervix is soft. Contractions are strong, lasting roughly 2 minutes and are about 5-6 minutes apart. When this baby comes, she is going to come fast. Getting frustrated, which is not helping things at all. Thank you so much for your support and I will keep you updated!!

Amy - posted on 12/29/2010

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Red raspberry leaf tea - if you can get some, drink TONS! walk, keep on hands or upright. DO NOT lay on your back. It slows it. I was told to just plain relax and it helps baby drop and get ready. I watched a movie with my husband while I stood on hands and knees. I laughed, I cried, and I was going to have to be induced in two days. I think my body just "gave up" and relaxed....and then baby decided it was time to come. Good luck!

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