How Can I Start Labor?

how can I start labor

Well ladies — I’m still pregnant! For the past few weeks, the question, “How can I start labor?” has been on my mind  … constantly. I have read blog after blog, and article after article, and tried everything. And unfortunately, my answer to “How can I start labor,” is that I am scheduled to be induced on Friday because this little Baby Boy is stubborn and does NOT want to leave his current residence in my body.

I delivered my first at exactly 37 weeks and the labor and delivery process was straight from the movies. Read the post that I wrote two days after delivering Emma about how “Exercise During Pregnancy Helps With Labor, Delivery, and Recovery.” The evening before I delivered, my husband and I worked out, carbo loaded, made love, cleaned the house, and early the next morning, my water broke. I had a very fast and easy labor and delivery, and was thrilled to deliver before my due date.

This time around has been MUCH different. I have been experiencing strong contractions since 35 weeks, been 100% effaced, and 3 cm dilated for 3 weeks, been in the hospital twice with false alarms, but yet — no true labor. Talk about annoying. Here are some suggestions that I found when I searched, “How can I start labor.”

  • Walking — yeah … I walked 50 miles last week, and it did me no good. I run consistently and do plyos with my clients, so walking is hardly going to help get this baby into position and get contractions started.
  • Sex — been doing the “dance with no pants” consistently as well. The hubs gets frequent booty calls when he’s at work. Once again — not helping.
  • Evening Primrose Oil — I’ve been taking EPO since week 36. I am not sure if it is working or not, but I read a lot of blogs where women said it helped ripen their cervix. My cervix has been very ripe for a few weeks — not sure if it’s because of the EPO though.
  • Red Raspberry Tea and Capsules — I have been taking red raspberry capsules and drinking the tea since week 34. My Braxton Hicks are definitely stronger this pregnancy than last — so perhaps it’s because the red raspberry is helping to tone my uterus.
  • Bouncing on an exercise ball — Again, I workout every day — run, plyos, jump squats, lifting … a little bouncing is hardly going to put me over the edge.
  • Eggplant Parmesan — I’ve eaten eggplant parmesan 2 times, and I am still pregnant.
  • Nipple Stimulation — I can get some good Braxton Hicks going when I use my pump, but they usually stall after a couple of hours. I have 8 bags of colostrum frozen for Baby Cole when he arrives though!

So, there you have it — several ways that I have consistently tried to start labor. This Friday, I will be induced, so this baby boy will be here one way or another. I really thought I would go into labor early this time like I did with my frist, but unfortunately, I was wrong. I have been extremely impatient waiting for this baby boy to make his appearance, but I think he just needs a little “encouragement” from the doctors 🙂

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7 thoughts on “How Can I Start Labor?

  1. myhashtaglife says:

    I wish I could make him come out of there for you! I feel the angst, lady, I do! I will not suggest anything cuz that’s the last thing you clearly want. So here’s to hoping he ducks out on the induction and gives up his hold on his little utero-fort! 😉

    • Amanda Tress says:

      Thanks girl!!! Ugh, I hope he decides to come soon too! I am honestly shocked that he hasn’t made an appearance yet. I never thought I would still be pregnant at the end of June! 🙂

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