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Needing ideas on how to safely induce labor...

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I am all for letting baby come when he is ready. I have been able to do this with all my kids except 1, and he had started labor on his own but was transverse the afternoon before and nurse gave me a shot to turn him(he had turned on his own, but she didnt wait to check that), I had a bad reaction to the med to stop contrations and he went into distress, after all that they insisted on pitocin. It was much worse and much longer then my other deliveries, so I really don't want pitocin again.

This is my 8th, and the problem this time is I am having blood pressure problems with mild preclam, they are doing reg us and starting non stress tests soon (I am almost 30 weeks now, hbps started at 16 wks, weekly apts, specialists, 4th us on monday). If my tests for kidney or liver function come back worse or the baby shows distress or has blood flow or lack of growth problems, I will need to have him earlier. Right now they are hopeful we will make 37 weeks, but are sure I wont be able to go past 39 weeks if all stays where we are at now. If any of the tests come bad, we could need to have him quickly or we may have a week or two it just depends. 

Since I want to aviod pitocin if I can, and also prefer not to have them try to start it by breaking the water, since that puts us on a time limit and limits our choices.Also the doc broke my water last time without telling me to 'speed things up' and it did nothing but make the contractions hurt. I am wanting to put together a 'plan' of things to try for both if I have a couple weeks warning or need something quick, also if I get to 37 - 39 weeks I would like to get things moving without the above interventions or at least try. I would rather not, but doesn't sound like I will have a choice for his health or mine unfortunately.

So I am interested in safe ways to encourage and get things moving. I have heard of some possibilities, but would like to know if you have tried any that worked and how long they took, so I can know when might be a good time to start it.

by on Apr. 28, 2012 at 6:28 PM
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louzannalady
by Gold Member on May. 5, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Sex is the best way to go to ripened that cervix. : ) Semen, as the other ladies mentioned. : ) Best of luck!

Quoting whitepaw7:

Thanks for the info, this is the one I have heard different views on. I have had a number with meconium in the amno. fluid, they didnt get any in thier lungs, but they had to suction them immediately before I could hold them, which I hope to avoid  if possible. Mainly I am hoping to at least jump start enough to lessen the risks of csection, such as ripening the cervix ect.

Quoting louzannalady:

Personally, the only advice, if you are going to self-induce, I can give is to avoid castor oil. It causes dehydration and tells your body that keeping baby in is unsafe, so it triggers labor. Not ideal at all. It can also cause baby to have a bowel movement in the womb- which can cause permanent problems or death. As for other methods, nothing will work until baby's body sends a hormone out that signals your body that they are ready and to get the party started. I do understand where you are coming from and wish you and LO the very best! 



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doulala
by Emerald Member on May. 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

It can be hard to know what *really* works because it can always be a coincidence, too...     Castor oil is just one with it's own risks, plenty of things are risky, even though they are "natural" (as in we can do them from home).      You can research the options before trying anything.       What are you doing for your health, what has your doctor offered?   Have you been logging your diet, protein?   

whitepaw7
by on May. 21, 2012 at 6:21 PM

I have been wanting to respond to this for awhile now, its harder to do from my phone and things have been crazy around here with end of school stuff and a lot of other things going on.

My doctor (I do really like her for a doctor, this is my first baby with her, she had her last baby at the farm with Ina May and did some of her training with midwives), knows I dont like pitocin or breaking the water, but with my heath, feels we will have to do one of them, other than that she had mentioned castor oil. Said she didn't know if it worked or not though. We have talked about my birth plan, and she is very willing to work with it and has been really great about answering questions. That I appreciate. If I can go 3 more weeks(to 36 weeks) I can deliver with her at the hosp I perfer, otherwise I have to go 3 hours away to the speciality hosp and docs I do not know.

I was logging my diet but have not been very good about it lately with everything going on. I havent had much of an appiete either. the last 3 weeks have been very stressful, and I had to start the high blood pressure meds, it took about 4 days for them to come down with the meds and they have been better, just a few jumps, until the last 48 hours. I can't get below 140/90 unless I am laying down on my side, goes right back as soon as I sit up. I have also been above 160/100 a number of times, havent really done anything either. Haven't been able to get my bag packed or the babies stuff ready cause of it. I am also having some contractions even though the med they have me on is suppose to stop them. I usually have a lot of them third trimester and before, they are less then normal but definately still there and more than what I expected on meds.

So far, he is doing okay they say. I started the non stress test on thursday, said it was okay, my bp was high though. Have another this thursday. Last Ultrasound he ws at 33% according to their measurements, that was up from 25% 2weeks prior. If bps continue, I will have to call them tomorrow. I am starting to worry about making it 3 more weeks now.

Quoting doulala:

It can be hard to know what *really* works because it can always be a coincidence, too...     Castor oil is just one with it's own risks, plenty of things are risky, even though they are "natural" (as in we can do them from home).      You can research the options before trying anything.       What are you doing for your health, what has your doctor offered?   Have you been logging your diet, protein?   


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