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So, I've been wondering how common it is to be walking around 4cm (or possibly more now?) dilated/very thin w/ bulging waters for a week now with no "real" (as in painful) contractions. I barely feel my contractions at all, which, on one hand, makes me VERY THANKFUL, but on the other hand, makes me wonder if I will make it to the hospital in time once labor starts or my water breaks.
I was thinking about trying some natural induction methods this weekend, i.e. nipple stimulation, acupressure, etc. Any BTDT moms have suggestions that worked for them? I feel like the clock is ticking to my induction date, and I'd much rather use a natural method than pitocin.
With the nipple stimulation, is it better to use a breast pump? Also, I'm slightly terrified of castor oil, but I might use it as a last resort the day before my induction is scheduled. Anything I should know about this?
I don't want to discourage you, but I tried everything except castor oil, and nothing worked. I did nipple stim, orgasms, walking, stairs, exercise ball, cumin tea, um, watermelon, and I can't think what else, but basically everything suggested to me by everyone I asked. DS was born at 41 wks 6 days...
After all that, what I suggest is to just relax. Also, you can refuse the induction, can't you? I did. I would focus on refusing the induction more than on trying to get baby to come before he's ready.