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That is augmentation. Water breaking does mean you're in labor, but it may not be active labor yet.
also for strengthening your membranes take extra vit C, suppliments, but especially fresh! And eating lots of healthy fats (butter, flax seed oil, fish/fish oils) and protien can strengthen membranes. I did this and my water was broken per my request just minutes before birth. Broken waters as the first start of labor is a serious speed bump for natural birth, so this would be a big focus for me next time. But rest assured you CAN still have a NCB even with a prelabor rupture.
Thanks Cheryl! I was taking vit C supplements but I ran out of them when I was 25ish weeks along and never went to get anymore ... I was quite upset when the MW mentioned Pitocin and still to this day am beating myself up for not telling them to hold off on it for a couple hours to see if I start having contractions... Ugh...
I know this is off topic but am I safe to take an Omega-3 supplement while BFing? I was taking EPO before I gave birth but didn't restart taking them since I read that it can interfere with BFing... anyone know anything about this?
***I forgot to mention this but... I had my 6 weeks PP check up on Monday and was talking with the OB and I had asked him why I felt everything "down-there" when I was pushing and come to find out he had actually shut off my epidural at my last cervical check and was about 830-ish... I don't know why this made me happy to know this, but it does probably because I know Noelle wasn't exposed to the medications for an extended period of time... but I can tell you as weird and sick as this sounds, I enjoyed feeling everything "down there"
You definitely are able to have a non-medicated birth! I went from a induced epidural birth for my birth daughter, to a medically induced natural labor with my daughter Leila, to a completely natural water birth with Owen. Amazingly enough my body knew how to do it without the pitocin even after two pitocin deliveries!
This link is the ACOG patient education pamphlet on inducing labor. It talks about when it is used and includes premature rupture of membranes. Just because your membranes are ruptured does not mean you are in labor.
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