Desperate!!!! Does any one have tips on how to boost a stubborn baby out??

Nicole - posted on 09/26/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




I am currently overdue with my first baby. I was due yesterday and i'm desperate at this point. I've had a lot of complications with my pregnancy and i'm ready for my little man to make his appearance. I was in the hospital for three days for an induction and my body wouldn't respond to the medicine. The last day i was there they checked me and the doctor said i was about a centimeter dilated and she could feel his head. I've tried pineapple, spicy food, walking, bouncy car rides, squats, and bouncing. Sex is out of the question. Is there anything else i can be doing??


Katherine - posted on 09/26/2012




Many midwives suggest evening primrose oil for their pregnant patients, since this herb can help the cervix thin and dilate and prep it for labor. You can take evening primrose oil capsules, or rub the oil onto your cervix during the last weeks of pregnancy. You can even insert the capsules into your vagina. But be sure to talk to your practitioner before trying evening primrose oil — women with placenta previa should stay away from the herb. There are other herbs — like red raspberry leaf — that also can induce labor naturally. But unless your practitioner is a pro when it comes to herbs, steer clear of them.

Studies show that a massage can raise your body's level of oxytocin, that hormone that can bring on contractions. Some massage therapists swear by their ability to help jump-start labor when a mom-to-be is overdue. (Many even focus on certain pressure points to move labor along.) Not into massages? Meditation and even just cuddling with your partner can help relax you, which might get your oxytocin levels pumping (it's no coincidence that the majority of labors start late at night, when an expectant mom is warm and cozy in bed — a state that triggers the release of oxytocin). So if you're anxious about that baby who doesn't want to leave his cozy bed, try a stress-relieving activity like meditation during pregnancy. Even if your efforts don't directly trigger labor, you'll be waiting in a more-relaxed frame of mind.

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