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I there! I was here In 2010 during my pregnancy. I'm here today because I want to see what everyone here would do... My 20-yr-old niece is 38 weeks first baby. Her doc says her ds is 6.6 lbs now but that she (my niece Ashley) hasn't gained weight in three weeks. They say if her fluids are ok Monday they will induce. I am suggesting that she try to jump start labor in any other way before pitocin. I told her to ask about cervix ripening and membrane sweeping and suggested all the other tricks like nipple stimulation, etc.
As long as baby seems to be growing, then I wouldn't induce at all. I gained 7 lbs with my last pregnancy, but lost it all in the last 2 months of pregnancy. My provider wasn't concerned at all that my net gain was 0 pounds.
Evening Primrose Oil for sure!!!! Make sure she's putting it "up there" and not taking it by mouth. And let's not forget -- sex, sex, SEX!!!!
As a side note - I was induced with my 2nd. My cervix was already at 3 cm and I had a midwife who knew the importance of taking the induction SLOWLY.... And I have to say I had a much easier more consistent labor with my 2nd... I was able to actually rest & breathe between contractions, and I did it all without any medical interventions or pain meds! Make sure if she goes the induction route she has an OB who understands the importance of upping the dose of pitocin SLOWLY, and I would definitely have her ask if they can give her a cervical ripener prior to starting the pitocin, if at all possible.
I must have read it wrong, I thought your first post says that your niece hasn't gained in three weeks. If the baby isn't progressing then I understand them wanting to induce but if it's just her not gaining weight then I'd say lucky her lol.
I used EPO vaginally for a few weeks and ended up having my son at 38w5d and I was also drinking several cups a day of red raspberry leaf tea. I think it definitely helped rippen my cervix for labor. It probably wont induce her but atleast prep her cervix so that labor isn't as slow?
I was also going to suggest EPO and red raspberry leaf tea, sex, and walking. For sure try natural things before the induction, but from what you said it sounds to me like they are fairly clear on their ideas about why they need to induce. I hope everything goes well and she is soon holding her healthy baby in her arms. Let us know!
She has been fairly successful in jump starting the labor naturally. She's pretty miserable but has been having contractions for the last couple days and now they're 5 mins apart. Sounds like back and hip pain. She's been in twice only to be sent home. Think she's displayed to a 3. That's a lot better than starting the pitocin with no labor!! I keep telling her it's a good thing! It's what she wanted: get it going naturally. I bet she has him in the next day or so with no pitocin. Unfortunately, I'm also betting that if she gets admitted she will take whatever pain relief is suggested. She's pretty sad at this point. I told her to get in the tub. Poor kid. I'm praying she doesn't exhaust too quickly.