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i am 38 weeks and 4 days now and i am dilated 2 cm..can smeone tell me how to make it speed up cause i am in alot of pain in my lower back and i have been for 5-6 days now...

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:17 PM on Oct. 17, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • Sounds stupid, but take a long walk ~ as long as you can stand as many times a day as you can...LOL

    Answer by christyg at 4:36 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • Every at home trick/tip is pretty much an old wives tale. They include rubbing your nipples for hourso n end because apparently this releases pitocin, however, it is just an old wives tale. Some people say having sex will do it.

    The only sound advice that I have for you is to call your doctor and explain how much discomfort you are in. If your Dr is really sympathetic they may induce you early of your Dr really follows the book they will tell you that is normal and you should really keep the baby in until it is time.

    Blah, right?


    Answer by girlneffy at 4:37 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • walk walk walk. it worked for me i was tired of being pregnant so i took a long walk one night and went into labor

    Answer by vampire2007 at 4:57 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • So...hate to disagree with girlneffy, but they are not just old wives tales, it is a proven fact that things like rubbing your nipples and rubbing certain points on your feet (reflexology) can cause contraction, (it doesn't release petocin, it stimulates contractions).
    Sex DOES work if you body is ready to be jump started, so does castor oil, walking, mopping the floor (on your hands and kness while swaying your bottom) anything that gets that pelvis into motion will help "jump start" the process, but... once again only if your body is "ready" to go into labor. You can get a petocin drip, and it will cause you to start labor, a labor that is pain intensified about 60 fold, and if you think you have back pain now...wait until the petocin kicks in. Your body knows when it's it get there by taking care of yourself.
    Here are a couple of trick to help relieve the pain that you are feeling. (post to follow)

    Answer by smilinghug at 5:18 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • #1 - Take a small pillow (like a coach throw pillow) stick it behind you while you are standing next to a wall. The pillow needs to be positioned between your lower back (right above your butt) and the wall. Start grinding the wall slowly, working your way from a slight bent knees position to a high squat (only about 8" down) then work your way back up. The grinding motion will rub those very sore muscles, nerves, and tendons.


    Answer by smilinghug at 5:21 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • #2 - If you have a birthing ball use it (it's a big exercise ball) if not, then have your spouse/boyfriend/SO/Partner...whatever sit in front of you, so like you on the coach, him on his knees on the floor. Then you are going to put your arms around his neck and lean into him, he will then put his arms around your belly and rest his hands on your back, about 2" from each side of your spine (right where your back pain is centralized) this is a major pressure point, and if he uses firm but not stabbing pressue it should help relieve it. So...with his hands (mainly his 2 middle fingers) right on those spots take a DEEP BREATH and as you exhale he will push in, with as much pressure as you can tolerate, repeat until you feel some relief, (this also works wonders during labor)!

    Answer by smilinghug at 5:26 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • #3- If it's okay with your Dr. (manily if your water hasn't broken, or you don't have a tear), you can take fairly warm baths, not scalding hot. But warm enough to soothe, if you purchase some lavendar oil it will help (the scent and it's natural properties) to soothe you. You can have your hubby do the same massage technique as in tip 2 while you are in the tub (it's best if he is behind you), he can also rub your feet. You can also have him poor some warm water over your belly. .

    Answer by smilinghug at 5:28 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • #4 - Get a massage from a pre-natal massage therapist (look in your phone book) and tell them how far along you are and to focus on your lower back and feet. If you get the foot massage, and you are ready to go into labor, it will kick start it. If you aren't it will relax you beyond belief, and maybe give you the added endurance for the coming days that you are still pregnant.

    Answer by smilinghug at 5:29 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • #5 - Lay down (mostly on your left side) and rub your tummy, I know this sounds odd, but laying on your left side promotes blood cirrculation, and it also releives heartburn. Also though the act of pumping more blood, plus rubbing your belly seems to relieve pain...I don't know why it just does.
    #6 - Drink lots of water, if you are dehydrated you will notice the pain a lot more, because your baby is taking so much from you right now you really need to work to hydrate yourself, it will help in the head aches, and the those low back aches.

    Answer by smilinghug at 5:32 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • Last but not least, it's not uncommon to be 2 - 3 cm dialated, it changes from one moment to the next until we are in actual labor. Don't be discouraged, I know that every woman, including myself gets to that point where you are just ready to stop waddling, and get your body back to being you, and get that baby out. But your body knows when it's time, and it will get there SOON.

    One final word, just so you aren't discouraged...THE BABY WILL COME OUT!!! I PROMISE!!!


    Answer by smilinghug at 5:34 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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