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Old 04-10-2007, 08:42 AM   #21
 
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OMG! True, true! I shudder at the thought of those days when we were late and trying to get it on, to help with labor.

Yep, I've decided I'm going to try EPO, raspberry tea and some eggplant parm if I'm late again.
Last time around my midwives had me starting on the EPO at around 36 weeks. I took once capsule by mouth and one inside the lady bidness, daily. I think it takes some time for it to soften the cervix.
See, my problem isn't that my cervix isn't soft, last week I was about 95% effaced, I'm just sticking to 2 cm dialated and won't budge, plus I've felt that my water would break at any moment but it hasn't like with my previous pregnancy. It doesn't seem like there is anything homeopathic that will help with dialation, just ripening of the cervix. Maybe I've just exhausted all my natural methods? Well, we will see what the doc says today, now that I am overdue I may consider induction, although I am still pretty hesitant.
I'm not a medical professional, so I am not recommending this, but I have heard of midwives using castor oil as a natural induction method. If the cervix is soft and the body is more or less ready, it has been know to help get things started. It also gives you god-awful diarrhea and cramps, though.
You ought to read up on Bishop's Scores before your next visit and ask the doctor what your is before consenting to the induction. If you do agree to the induction you can also ask that once contractions are established they stop giving you pitocin and see if you can continue on your own.

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Old 04-10-2007, 09:31 AM   #22
 
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OMG! True, true! I shudder at the thought of those days when we were late and trying to get it on, to help with labor.

Yep, I've decided I'm going to try EPO, raspberry tea and some eggplant parm if I'm late again.
Last time around my midwives had me starting on the EPO at around 36 weeks. I took once capsule by mouth and one inside the lady bidness, daily. I think it takes some time for it to soften the cervix.
See, my problem isn't that my cervix isn't soft, last week I was about 95% effaced, I'm just sticking to 2 cm dialated and won't budge, plus I've felt that my water would break at any moment but it hasn't like with my previous pregnancy. It doesn't seem like there is anything homeopathic that will help with dialation, just ripening of the cervix. Maybe I've just exhausted all my natural methods? Well, we will see what the doc says today, now that I am overdue I may consider induction, although I am still pretty hesitant.
I'm not a medical professional, so I am not recommending this, but I have heard of midwives using castor oil as a natural induction method. If the cervix is soft and the body is more or less ready, it has been know to help get things started. It also gives you god-awful diarrhea and cramps, though.
This is one of the reasons I avoided it, even though my midwife gave me the option. I've also read about some complications related to taking castor oil, such as an increased risk of fetal distress due to dehydration via diarrhea.
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Sending prayers for an easy delivery and a healthy baby!!!
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Old 04-12-2007, 05:46 PM   #24
 
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Sending labor vibes....

Welcome to my (former) world! Labor with DS started the night I finished an important project for work..... (Almost 2 weeks past the due date )I believe that my body held out until that point so that I could get my work done first!
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:15 PM   #25
 
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I'm not a medical professional, so I am not recommending this, but I have heard of midwives using castor oil as a natural induction method. If the cervix is soft and the body is more or less ready, it has been know to help get things started. It also gives you god-awful diarrhea and cramps, though.

I self-induced with castor oil with my last baby (because my BP was rising and I was going to risk out of my homebirth if it went any higher). It wasn't god-awful...just mild. It started labor a few hours later.
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God bless your soul...

baby, its time for you to come out!!
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