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Old 05-10-2008, 10:28 AM   #1
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need advice to strengthen contractions

i've been having them intermittently for over 12 hours now along with a pretty good bit of bloody show. i'm positive i'm in the early stages of labor but i was already almost 4cm before all of this started last night. i was thinking that once contractions started, they wouldn't stop since i was so far along and they haven't really stopped but aren't getting closer together (10-15min apart) and aren't getting stronger.
please tell me what to do to strengthen them!! no castor oil though...

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Old 05-10-2008, 10:42 AM   #2
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Re: need advice to strengthen contractions

I'm going through the same thing right now!

Try walking as much as possible, deep squatting (if your baby is properly positioned), drink lots of RRL tea, nipple stimulation, accupressure may help (never really makes a difference for me but can't hurt to try!!)...

I'm just doing all I can to avoid resting too much or taking a nice relaxing shower. LOL As much as I want to feel clean and refreshed, I'm afraid that my ctx would come to a halt.
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Castor oil is your best bet but you dont want to use it. Nipple stimulation is good too.
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do you have an electric breast pump? That was the easiest way to nipple stimulation for me. Brings on contractions real fast!
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do you have an electric breast pump? That was the easiest way to nipple stimulation for me. Brings on contractions real fast!
IT REALLY HELPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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s*x really!!!
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Re: need advice to strengthen contractions

for the record, i've tried sex (and geez that is SO uncomfortable right now), spicy food, acupressure, alice springs chicken from outback--a "study" my ob clinic did, walking a million miles (including walking at relay for life last night), and a very very small amount of nipple stimulation...oh and i've also been stripped. so far no luck (even though i'm 3.5-4cm). we have bad weather coming in early in the morning so later tomorrow morning, i'm breaking out the breast pump (now i'll just say prayers that it doesn't sling me into hard contractions). the castor oil--i'm pretty sure i'll just end up throwing it up.
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((((((Labor dust)))))))
I am sending this to you!! Good Luck mama!! Keep us posted. The breast pump should work, but dont make your nipples sore
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for the record, i've tried sex (and geez that is SO uncomfortable right now), spicy food, acupressure, alice springs chicken from outback--a "study" my ob clinic did, walking a million miles (including walking at relay for life last night), and a very very small amount of nipple stimulation...oh and i've also been stripped. so far no luck (even though i'm 3.5-4cm). we have bad weather coming in early in the morning so later tomorrow morning, i'm breaking out the breast pump (now i'll just say prayers that it doesn't sling me into hard contractions). the castor oil--i'm pretty sure i'll just end up throwing it up.
thanks for the suggestions
I understand!! You sound exactly like me with DD...I was 4 cm from 34 weeks and still none of the stuff (and I tried it all...castor oil included which did absolutely nothing) worked even at my DD. But like I said, I wasn't having ctx either...so hopefully that's the key for you!! Praying you get a nice mothers day surprise!!!
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Re: need advice to strengthen contractions

Two EPO capsules.. umm.. you know where. You can also take one orally. Ankle massage helped a bit to keep them coming.

Hope your baby comes soon!
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