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how to help dialate

s there anything that i can do to speed up my dialation. im past due, and i have been at 1 cm. for about a month. i plan to do a home birth, so i would like to go into labor without going to the hospital to get induced. but my i am at 42 weeks tomorrow and they have been talking about induction, i have tried sex, but being so far along its not always an option. i have tried walking, is there anything else that could help get things going so i dont have to go to the hospital?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:29 PM on Dec. 22, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • Nipple stimulation for several hours a day.
    walk walk walk i know you tried it but other then that its about all you can do.

    Answer by Mommy2B04 at 12:35 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

  • Primrose oil..
    Do you have a midwife?

    Answer by reflect1light at 12:38 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

  • Eat pineapple and drink raspberry tea. Im not sure if it's 100% true or just coincidence, but I was told to do that so I did before I went to bed and started having contractions at 3am.

    Answer by asholan_07 at 12:39 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

  • Red leaf raspberry tea... you have to find the tea that actual raspberry instead of just the flavoring.
    i have heard bouncing on a yoga ball helps the baby to move onto your cervix and increase dilation.

    Answer by reflect1light at 12:47 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

  • Wal mama, walk...the other ideas (like the ball) are great but we don't know your personal info so walking is the safest excercise right now. Also , even if the induce you-they could give you the creme for your cevix and you can go home overnite to see if it works. I know you don't want to but at 42 weeks your baby needs to get out because your placenta can start to shut down. DS was only 6 days late and when they delivered my placenta, it had already begun to shrink(it was an emergency birth). good luck and hang in there mama!

    Answer by Bearsjen at 12:51 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

  • My personal feeling is that you couldn't drag me to a hospital, unless it was a life threatening situation... not just a "could be" situation.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:05 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

  • You don't need to go to a hospital for an induction if you are still having a healthy pregnancy. No reason to ADD risks where there are otherwise none.

    Walking & sex are the safest options, anything else is one (or more) steps removed from natural & normal. Your baby is still in there for a reason, why mess with that? ;-)

    You're having a homebirth because you want the best for your baby~ no reason to give that up at this time!!

    The Average length of pregnancy is 38-42 weeks, but of course MANY women lie on the outside of this average. If it's a first baby, then the average is actually 41 weeks, 1 day.
    Have faith in your body~ this is perfect for YOU. :-D

    Answer by doulala at 1:13 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

  • When I was determined to get my DD out I called my aunt who is a mid wife and she told me to take a table spoon of caster oil eat a resses cup and hot root beer, I did that went and had sex, then walked up and down the stairs for a while then went and drove on really bumpy roads went home ate a good meal then went to the hospital to have my daughter and 36 hours latter she was out

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:39 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

  • ITA w/ doulala...if you're planning a homebirth then why on earth would anyone talk about induction at a hospital? That's just silly.

    I was 42 weeks 1 day when I went into "hard" labor (had really been in labor for 3 days but it wasn't THAT bad more like prodromal labor). She was born at midnight on what would have been 42 weeks 2 days. I've met women on here who go to 43-44 weeks.


    Answer by TheBodyShopMom at 2:03 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

  • cont... I can tell you what I did for those 3 days when I was trying to get labor going - walk, walk, walk. I walked AT LEAST 2 miles each day (but I had been doing that throughout pregnancy too). Halloween night we went to Trunk or Treat at my parent's church and I chased after my 2 year old. And by chased, I mean RAN...ever seen a 42 week pregnant woman run? Its possible. I cleaned house and cooked. Finally, the day before I went into "real" labor I went for a bumpy truck ride in the woods (my dad is a Forester).

    But honestly, why rush? If you are 42 weeks then you KNOW it won't be long now. It could be a few days or even a week, but seriously, it will come sooner than you think.

    Answer by TheBodyShopMom at 2:03 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

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