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December 28th, 2009, 08:13 AM
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Have you thought about what you plan to do if you go overdue? Does your midwife help things along? Would you ask her to?

Okay this is something I have thought about as I have gone overdue with 3 of my 6 and with Leo he wasn't overdue, but huge so he was helped along. I have never technically been induced, but with Megan and Leo I had a little help. I will usually wait out the first week overdue without asking for any intervention, but if I go more than a week overdue then I will usually ask my midwife to start trying some natural interventions. I am not sure what I would do if I ever went past 42 weeks, but don't think it would happen so not really too concerned about it.
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December 28th, 2009, 09:36 AM
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I was just over a week late with my last and my midwife offered a couple times to "help get things going" but I declined. She doesn't really like doing anything to "mess with the process" anyway So we just waited and let nature take its course. If I'd gotten to 42 weeks I probably would have asked to have my membranes swept.
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December 28th, 2009, 10:13 AM
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I asked my mw what she would do if I went overdue, and she said, "wait." I'm so fortunate, all of my babies have been born before their due date...

You know, you're not actually "overdue" until you are 42 weeks, 1 day pregnant. 40 weeks is average for full term, but there is a two week allowance before and after your due date that is considered term.
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December 28th, 2009, 11:00 AM
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I went to 41 weeks with Kate, and since I had had pretty hard case of prodomal labor two days before (that got me to 5cm,but then fizzled out), we had talked about nudging the baby along, with things like nipple stimulation, acupuncture or even a good pedicure. There were not talks of anything more major at that point. I'm hoping to not go quite as late this time, since one of my midwives will be away when I'm 41 weeks. All my babies have been born after 40 weeks, so I don't have that great of a hope about going a bit early.
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December 28th, 2009, 03:03 PM
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My son Reid was born at 42w3d. At 42 weeks I had a sono to assess the placenta and other factors and everything looked great so we waited. I had been induced three times prior and I think my body just took a while to get the idea it was going to do it own its own this time Our plan was to have a sono every 2 days until he was born to check on him. My next baby was born at 40w4d and my midwife doesn't expect that I'll have another baby who goes past 42 weeks but if I do I know I'm in good hands.
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December 28th, 2009, 04:15 PM
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My mws have said that they prefer not to help things along at all. If by chance I do go over the 42w 6d that they're allowed to deliver at, I'll be going to an OB who will only do spontaneous labor unless something is very wrong with the u/s or NST.
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December 28th, 2009, 04:32 PM
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My midwives are comfortable with me going to 42 weeks, 1 day with them. I don't think I would do anything to try to bring labor on before 42 weeks.
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December 28th, 2009, 07:39 PM
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I've gone past with my first two kids- walked around at 3-4cm's and almost totally effaced for weeks before I actually went into labor. I'm not looking forward to doing this again-- I'm done. This pregnancy is really starting to wear me down, and I just want it to be over. Anyway, I was talking about it with my midwife, and she said if I end up in that situation again, she'd be willing to just break my water-- says she promises that if I'm that dialated and effaced, and since it's my third, that she guarantees I'll go into labor. She won't do it if the baby is still high though. I guess I was a little surprised to hear this out of her. It seems very "intervention-y" to me, especially for a midwife, and it's actually a little scary. I'm not sure how she feels she can PROMISE that I will go into labor, or talk about it like it has no risks.... It's something I'd really like to avoid, but I already feel the temptation just to get on with it. The next few weeks are going to be really long. And to be honest, I'm pretty mad at myself for being so tempted to interfere instead of just letting it happen the way it's supposed to.
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December 29th, 2009, 12:13 AM
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I was super duper post dates with M, it didn't bother me at all. My mom had 44+ week inductions with all of us, I knew I was in it for the long haul. Not having a MW means I really don't have any limitations. I just make sure to take care of myself and listen to baby and things went just fine.
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December 29th, 2009, 01:09 AM
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my DS was 12 days late, born at 41w5d. that was hard because they thought he was going to be early. but here's what my we did (most was our choice to go through with, the MW didn't make us, but did say I needed a NST to make sure the baby/everything was fine to be/stay past due.
-at 41 weeks stripped my membranes and stretched me...(I wasn't dilated....but she stretched to about 1 to 1 1/2cm)
-next day started Blue Cohosh tincture
-day after finished Blue Cohosh and did Castor oil
-day after had the NST with the back up OB who gave me a week to have the baby
-day after had labor inducing acupuncture (an hour later was having irregular contractions....25 hours later DS was born)
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December 29th, 2009, 08:49 AM
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If I go over due I would try natural ways to get things moving along like DTD, walking, and nipple stimulation. If I got really desperate, say 2 weeks over due or was just really uncomfortable, I might try castor oil.
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December 30th, 2009, 02:18 PM
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I'm new here, hope you don't mind me jumping in!

I had acupuncture to get my labor going on my 40w 0d mark. My midwife and I decided to try natural methods of induction because my blood pressure was starting to get high and I had a little bit of pitting edema toward the end. My dd was born 40w 2d after getting the acupuncture the evening of my 40w 0d.

I also drank castor oil which just gave me diarrhea and made me sick to my tummy.
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December 31st, 2009, 05:45 PM
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If everything is fine then we wait.
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