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May 18th, 2012, 12:38 PM
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This could be this time round or a previous pregnancy. I would like to know what you did/took to help things along. I know nothing puts you into labour, only a doctor/midwife can do that, but some people swear by certain things they done/took to help them into labour and I was just curious as to what. I am in last weeks of 4th pregnancy and have been 2cm dilated in internal os but still thickish and non dilated on outer os. I would love for things to move along, and would love to hear your stories, thanks
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May 22nd, 2012, 06:25 AM
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I started taking evening primrose oil at 36 weeks, I think it helped, but ultimately baby won't come until it is ready.

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July 30th, 2012, 12:28 AM
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When i labor my first son, my husbands touch was enough for me to feel relieved.
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August 12th, 2012, 10:59 AM
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November 2nd, 2012, 02:49 AM
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just deep breathings and high pain tolerance
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November 2nd, 2012, 05:53 PM
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walking. I had a friend who walked 5 miles a day until she started contractions. Once she started them she kept walking (midwife in tow) until her contractions were close enough together to go to the birthing center.

For me I progress at a decent rate without help but my water won't break on its own. I have the dr. wait until I am 8cm and then have her break it for me. I'm holding my baby within 45 minutes to an hour.
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November 3rd, 2012, 09:25 AM
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EPO and believe it or not.... mopping the floor on my hands and knees with #2 sent me into labor

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November 3rd, 2012, 06:06 PM
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I drank RRL tea from week 34 onward. I do think that helped tone my uterus.

I had to be induced at 38w4d. They just used 2 doses of cervical gel to ripen my cervix, and that evening I walked and walked and walked and walked. My water broke on it's own.

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November 4th, 2012, 10:09 PM
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I ate tons of pineapples days before going into labor..

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December 11th, 2012, 08:09 AM
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I had a massage the day before going into labor. she focused on my ankles.... apparently it aggravates the uterus.
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December 11th, 2012, 10:08 AM
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My last week of pregnancy I walked as long as I could each night. This combined with an extremely physically active day the night I actually went into labor I think did the trick.
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March 4th, 2013, 12:31 PM
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I tried everrrrything! Ate loads of pineapple, spent hours bouncing on my yoga ball, rank RRL tea daily, I think the thing that helped the most was being told of my induction dates. It made me relax knowing there was an end in sight. I went into labor on my own and from the morning when I knew it was the day I walked...and walked and walked. Actually went for a hike! I think that really helped things progress.
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