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Stretching Cervix Induce Labor
Is it safe to use evening primrose oil on your cervix after loosing your mucus plug to induce labor?
Proponents of natural birth methods and many midwives swear by using evening primrose oil to help ripen the cervix. Evening primrose oil contains prostaglandins, which are used for inducing labor. It is said to help soften and ripen the cervix to help prepare it for the birth of your baby.
Evening primrose oil is more commonly used by midwives. Very few obstetricians employ this method. ...Read more
What methods can I do to induce my labor or help the dilation since my cervix is soft and thin? I don't want to be induced?
Limited safe options: Two ounces of castor oil (you can cut the taste with orange juice) is safe and has been used by midwives in particular for decades at least. How well it really works is arguable. Your best approach is simple patience. Sometimes an induction is necessary but it need not be done without a clear indication. ...Read more
Instructions, precautions to consider a night before labor induction and c section if needed which doc says will be. Cervix not open due already?
May take a while:
If your cervix is not dilated, be prepared for a long induction. Sometimes it happens quickly, but usually not, especially if this is your first child. Bring books, magazines, DVDs, and be patient.
The nurses should call you to give instructions, but there is not much to do differently except maybe eat a light meal. DON'T do any home remedies, ie castor oil. ...Read more
Wait until 39 weeks: After 39 weeks, you can encourage contractions in a uterus that is ready with sex (semen has natural hormones that gently stimulate labor) or gentle nipple stimulation. If the uterus is ready, it might work. If it doesn't work, it's probably not ready for labor. Your doctor can sweep membranes. The baby is developing it's brain and lungs and other organs right up to 40 weeks, so don't rush nature! ...Read more
Your ob/gyn may recommend an "induction" of labor for reasons related to your or your baby's health. There are numerous reasons for needing to have this option recommended. You are admitted to the hospital, fetal monitoring, IV started and a dilute solution of Pitocin (oxytocin) is given to start labor contractions slowly. Indications such as post dates, toxemia, iugr, fetal distress, and more
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Nature or not: Induction of labor is recommended when a pregnancy needs to be delivered for medical reasons. Providers use medications soften the cervix and contractions to start. All methods have risks, and "natural" methods can be just as risky as medication unless you are being monitored by your physician. If you are concerned and you need induction, talk to your doctor about what your options are. ...Read more
No: But too much caffine at term can be bad for your heart, if you re 39-40 weeks please discuss with your OB about inducing, I have delivered over 5000 babies and do not let any of my pts go past their due date. ...Read more
Many people say so:
I'm sure you will get more replies, but:
this is certainly what I heard and so did my daughter. It's a natural way to prompt the natural process. I have no idea that it would overcome problems that might require intervention. Talk with your midwife, doula or obgyn for your specific situation. Best wishes! ...Read more
I never recommend anything to induce labor unless it is in a more controlled environment.
Letting your labor naturally start is always safer for you and your baby. Unless of course, you are going too far past your due date.
I wouldn't take a chance with over the counter products to induce labor, . ...Read more
Instruction: Bed rest and no sexual activity.Get a more detailed answer ›
Doubtful: Not really.Get a more detailed answer ›
Labor: Stripping membranes or rupturing membranes are two ways. ...Read more
No evidence: There's no evidence that can confirm whether or not bouncing the ball will truly help to induce labor, nor is there evidence for walking or standing or doing any number of exercises. It certainly does not hurt so long as you don't fall. Sometimes bouncing makes you feel more comfortable and that in itself is a benefit. ...Read more
Depends: Labor induction depends alot on the exact situation. If your doctor felt that the risks of continuing the pregnancy outweigh the risks of induction then an induction is the way to go. In general inductions lead to longer labors with higher C-section risks. That depends on the starting cervical dilation though. Again if there is a complication then for baby's safety induction is often needed. ...Read more
Don't do it!: Black cohosh and all other complementary and alternative medications should be completely avoided by everyone because they are unregulated and potentially dangerous with no proven benefit. Even more so for pregnant women, or women hoping to enter labor soon! Please disclose to your obstetrician any of those dangerous drugs you may have been exposed to! ...Read more
Can I use regular ground cinnamon instead of the cinnamon sticks to induce labor and make it as a tea?
Tea: If you think it is going to work. Can not imagine it tasting very good. ...Read more
I'm 3cm dilated and 80-90% effaced. I have been for 3 days now. Is it okay to try and naturally induce labor?
I've been told they will induce labor no longer then 2 weeks following full term. Is this true? If wait longer than 2 wk, won't be able to b there
Depends: When and how elective inductions are done is a hotly debated topic among Ob/Gyns. Most practices won't induce someone in their first pregnancy until at least 40 weeks. In subsequent pregnancies, induction can be as early as 39 weeks (hot debate) Elective inductions should not be done prior to 39 weeks. Whenever it is done, the cervix must be "ripe"--ready to dilate or it won't work. ...Read more