36 Wks 1

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nicole - February 18

I have been dilated at a 1cm for 31/2 weeks with 25% effacement, with no change at all. I will be 37 wks next week is there anything I can do to help the labor start, I have contractions but none apparently strong enough to change my cervix, I am scared that the baby will be late. What can I do. I have tried s_x I have been having s_x the whole time I have been pregnant. I am also still at work, I walk alot I am still some what active. What the heck should I do?

 

Tracey - February 18

I know this isn't what you want to hear, but unfortunatley you just have to wait it out. I'm currently right at 38 weeks, 2 cm dilated and I asked my doc the same thing. You will probably get a lot of strange advice about drinking raspberry tea, walking, s_x, nipple stimulation, caster oil and so on. But the truth is, if the baby's not ready, none of these things will make her come out. The doc can do a few things that some people feel are beneficial like stretching the cervix or stripping membranes, but most docs won't do those until you're at least 39 weeks and some won't due it until the week after you're due. If you're only 25% effaced, even inducement might not even work since your cervix is still so thick. I know it's hard, but I'm right there with you doing the waiting game. I just keep telling myself that I can't be pregnant forever. Sorry this wasn't much help. Good luck and hang in there. You're almost done!

 

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