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what can i do to speed labor up?

I have been in labor since saturday night. It is now Tuesday. My contractions need to be 3 minutes apart to go to the hospital they are 6 mins apart now. I have tried sex, walking,eating fresh pineapple, and drinking castor oil. Nothing works. I am 38 weeks pregnant and almost 1 cm dilated. Help please I can't take these little contractions any longer!

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:37 AM on Sep. 15, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • Sounds like your baby might not be positioned well for birth yet.
    I would suggest a lot of walking and exercises to encourage baby's head down on to your cervix.

    Answer by doulala at 10:45 AM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • omg .. why did u drink that stuff. as u know now.. baby isnt going too come untill ready .. u can be dilated 2 cm for weeks. baby will come when he/she is ready

    Answer by ashley_nick30 at 10:46 AM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • Often in the past prodromal labor has been given the misnomer "false labor", yet every woman experiencing it has said in frustration "There's nothing false about what I'm feeling!" The misunderstanding has arisen because prodromal labor can feel very much like active labor, yet is not consistently progressive; it does not lead without a break to the birth of the baby. It does, though, serve an important function in the birth process. Prodromal labor does the preliminary work of preparing the uterus, baby and cervix for birth. All of this work has to be done before the baby can be born. Some women's bodies do it all without her being aware of it. However, some women's bodies draw a great deal of attenti

    Answer by doulala at 10:46 AM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • Having sex, walking a lot, eating spicy food, Raspberry tea leaf, Eggplant parmigiana, Indian food helped me when I was ready to try anything to pop that baby out. lol. Had Eggplant parmigiana and my water broke that night. ( i heard Romano or Oregano in Italian food help induce labor)...

    Answer by lesjoiesdemaman at 10:46 AM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • "This is driving me crazy," one pregnant mother sighed. "I've been having contractions off and on now for three days. Just when I think it's time to call my midwife, they completely stop again!"


    Prodromal labor contractions may begin hours or even days before active labor.

    The contractions may feel like Braxton Hicks contractions or they may be quite a bit stronger.

    They are irregular in length, frequency and intensity. The key word here is irregular. In general though, they are not longer than a minute and not more frequent than 7 to 10 minutes apart. They shouldn't be so intense that they take your breath away.

    Answer by doulala at 10:46 AM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • They may or may not be affected by your activity. The wisest course is to vary your activity level, alternating periods of mild activity with rest.

    Physical Effects:

    The cervix is moving from a posterior (back) position to an anterior (forward) position.

    The cervix is softening.

    The cervix is beginning its effacement or thinning. It may thin anywhere from 0% to 50% during this stage.

    You may lose your mucous plug from the cervix.

    Answer by doulala at 10:46 AM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • Your cervix may begin to dilate, opening anywhere from 1 to 4 centimeters.
    Emotional Effects:

    You may be quite excited when you first feel these contractions, especially if they are stronger than any you've had until now.

    As time goes on and the contractions continue without any apparent progress you may feel let down and eventually become quite tired and discouraged.
    How To Cope:

    Answer by doulala at 10:47 AM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • But then, baby come when baby's ready...

    Answer by lesjoiesdemaman at 10:47 AM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • Resist the urge to call everyone immediately and tell them you are in labor. That way you will feel less like a watched pot waiting to boil. You should be able to handle these contractions with some relaxation techniques and concentration. If they are any stronger than that or you just aren't sure, you might want to go ahead and call your doula, she can help you to evaluate exactly what is going on.
    Use these contractions to get to know how your body feels as it begins the hard work of labor. Prepare mentally for the challenges you will shortly be facing.
    Now is not the time to hike ten miles or tromp through the mall for hours in a vain attempt to get labor going. You will just wear yourself out and have that much less energy for active labor.

    Answer by doulala at 10:47 AM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • Be sure to eat well. Complex carbohydrates like whole grains are especially good now; they will provide you with plenty of energy reserves. Try to stick with foods that are easy on your digestion, you don't want to be dealing with heartburn on top of labor.
    Get plenty of rest. Even if the contractions are keeping you awake at night, nap as much as you can. Again, you want to conserve your energy for the hard work ahead.
    Resist as much as possible the urge to focus too much attention on these contractions. The more you watch, the more time will drag. Try to find some distracting activities to participate in.
    Keep your spirits up; remember that these contractions are doing important work!

    Answer by doulala at 10:48 AM on Sep. 15, 2009

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