What To Do To Induce Now That Im Starting To Dialate

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BMBHONEE - January 3

Well im now dilated to one centimeter and my cervix has started thinning, what would you reccommend I do to get the process going.. Im soooo ready to have my little boy!!

 

cutie_wutie - January 4

Natural ways to bring on labour: a guide Nipple stimulation ...... Nipple stimulation is the gentle rubbing or rolling of the nipple to encourage the start of contractions. The theory is that oxytocin, a hormone that causes contractions, is released in the body when the b___sts are stimulated. Is it safe? ............. Nipple stimulation has been reported to produce very strong contractions and for this reason you should use it with care. However, a study of 719 women found that there were no problems of this sort following nipple stimulation. Does it work?............ The study mentioned above was thought to be too small to draw concrete conclusions from, but did show a significant benefit from nipple stimulation: 37.3 per cent of women who had tried it went into labour within 72 hours as compared to just 6.4 per cent of those who had not. How do I try it? ............. The idea is to simulate the suckling of a baby so you need to ma__sage the whole areola (the dark area around the nipple), not just tweak the nipple. Place your palm over the areola and move in a circular motion, applying a firm but gentle pressure. This may need to be continued for some time. The usual recommendation is 15 minutes of continual stimulation on each nipple each hour for several hours. .............................................................................................. S_x............... S_x as means of getting labour started is thought to work in three ways: firstly the movement may help to stimulate the uterus into action; secondly, s_x can trigger the release of oxytocin, the 'contraction' hormone; thirdly, s____n contains a high concentration of prostaglandins which help to ripen, or soften, the neck of the womb (cervix) ready for it to dilate when labour starts. Is it safe? .................... S_x is safe as long as your waters have not broken. Once this has happened, making love may increase the risk of infection. You should also avoid s_x if you have a low-lying placenta or have had v____al bleeding. Men often feel uncomfortable making love to their partners with a baby so obviously in the way but the baby will not know what is happening and will not be harmed. Does it work? ................... Not enough studies have been done but, if nothing else, it will take your mind off the waiting. How do I try it?.................... At this stage in your pregnancy s_x is easier said than done. Try spoons, with your partner entering from behind or use the bed as a prop: your bulge isn't an obstacle if you lie on your back at the side or foot of the bed with your knees bent, and your bottom and feet perched at the edge of the mattress. Your partner can either kneel or stand in front of you. Alternatively, giving your partner oral s_x may work better. It is thought that prostaglandins are absorbed more efficiently through the gut than through the v____a. (Note: you may prefer to keep this piece of information to yourself.) ...................................................... Eating pineapple ...................... . Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which is thought to help to soften the cervix and so bring on labour. Is it safe? .......................... There is very little available research. Each pineapple contains only very small amounts of bromelain so you would need to eat as many as seven to have any effect. The most likely side-effect of eating large amounts of pineapple would be a severe case of the runs. Does it work? .................................. There is some debate about the role played by bromelain on prostaglandins, which soften the cervix to prepare it for labour. Some studies actually suggest that bromelain inhibits prostaglandin activity while others think the opposite. Regardless of this, eating large quant_ties of pineapple is likely to stimulate the gut and bowel and, as with castor oil, could kick-start the uterus into action by that means. How do I try it? ................................ The pineapple must be fresh: bromelain is destroyed by the process of canning or juicing. .............................. Homeopathy ..................... Homoeopathic remedies use highly diluted versions of more potent substances to treat the body. Pulsatilla and Caulophyllum are two commonly used homeopathic remedies used to stimulate labour. Is it safe? .................................. Homeopathic remedies are very safe. The Faculty of Homeopathy have researched their use in labour and not found any incidents of damage caused by them. The worst damage homeopathy can do is nothing - that is, the wrong remedy has been prescribed and is therefore ineffective. Does it work? .................................... There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from patients who found that homeopathy is helpful, but this has not been researched in a systematic way. One trial into caulophyllum found no difference between the women who took it and those who didn't, but the method of the trial was not thought to be reliable. Eating curry ........................ Spicy food is often suggested as a means of bringing on labour. There are no scientific theories relating to this, but it may be that it stimulates the gut and bowel and so encourages the uterus to get going by that means. Is it safe? ............................. Spicy foods can cause heartburn and, if you are not used to them, irritate the bowel. For this reason you should probably not order a vindaloo if you are usually more of a korma girl. Does it work? ............................... There is no evidence either way though many women swear by it. How do I try it? ................................... Order a takeaway. This is not the time to be slaving over a hot stove. Red raspberry leaf ....................... Raspberry leaf can be taken as a tea or in tablet form. It is often mentioned alongside other methods for bringing on labour. This is a myth. Is it safe? ............................. It is very important not to use raspberry leaves until the last three months of pregnancy because of their stimulating effect on the uterus. Does it work? ............................... There is no evidence to show that red raspberry leaf will encourage labour to begin. However, an Australian study has shown that it will speed up the second stage of labour and reduce forceps delivery. How do I try it? .............................. If you want to help to prepare the uterine muscles for labour start with one cup of tea a day or one tablet and build up gradually to a maximum of four cups of tea or tablets daily. The tea can be sipped freely during labour, too. The tea and tablets are available from health food stores or from herbal suppliers. Walking....................... The explanation appears to be that the pressure of your baby's head pressing down on the cervix from the inside stimulates the release of oxytocin, hopefully bringing on labour. Also, just being upright gets the forces of gravity working for you, encouraging the baby to move down onto the cervix. Is it safe? .......................... Yes, but you should be careful not to wear yourself out. Labour can be exhausting and you don't want to use up all your energy before you have begun. Does it work? ..................................... There is, as yet, no evidence. If your baby has not 'dropped' or is still high in the pelvis, walking is thought to encourage your baby into a better position so that labour is more likely to start on its own. How do I try it? .................................... This is not the moment to take up power walking, particularly if you have not done much exercise earlier on in your pregnancy. A gentle stroll is probably the best you will be able to manage. And finally:........................... Here is a selection of other methods (some of them a little bizarre) that other mums are said to have found helpful. There is no evidence for any of these and frankly we are not convinced! • Blowing up balloons: the theory is that the build up of abdominal pressure encourages labour to start. • Bouncing on your birth ball or driving your car down a bumpy road would seem to put the same faith in shaking things up a little. • Get a weepy video and have a good cry. • Wear your best knickers (sod's law will ensure that your waters break in them).

 

cutie_wutie - January 4

GOT THIS OFF THE NET HOPE THAT ITS SOME HELP.. BUT PLEASE DONT USE CASTOR OIL I KNOW LOT OF WOMEN SWEAR BY IT AND WE ALL HAVE OUR OPINIONS ON IT BUT ITS NOT SAFE TO USE ............ MY MIDWIFE AND DOCTOR HAVE BOTH WARNED ME ABOUT IT

 

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