Starting the process to get this labour going

So today was officially my last day of work before I go on Maternity leave. I am very excited to be on Maternity leave. Work was getting stressful and I am so tired from not sleeping that I needed to leave. I had contemplated leaving six weeks earlier but I toughed it out and have made it to the end of my pregnancy.

With my due date being 14 days away, I am now trying to induce labour early. I have been doing research (read looking on line) for ways to induce my labour. There are a few that everyone knows about and some that I had never heard of before. So from now on until this little child enters the world I shall be trying to induce labour.

There were many suggestions online to induce labour. These suggestions included acupressure, nipple stimulation, sex, spicy food, raspberry tea, pineapple, and Castor oil. With my first pregnancy I tried Castor oil, four by fouring, and sex. None of these options worked then, the only thing that worked was contractions starting and the doctor breaking my water in the hospital. But I am willing to try these and the other options again, anything to get this pregnancy over with. I am tired, sick and tired of being pregnant.

So today I had a doctor's appointment and had an internal exam. As I am now 38 weeks along my doctor suggested doing an internal exam to stretch the membranes to see if we could get this labour moving along. It is seriously an uncomfortable experience, but I am willing to try anything. So the Doctor told me my cervix has not started to open ( What the hell are these contractions doing then??), but that the stretching could help get this process started. I have been warned that there could be some show but that it might not start labour.

So if anyone has any suggestions on how to start this labour, I welcome them. I am willing to try and will post pictures of some of the suggestions where the pictures are appropriate.


  1. I did use castor oil and 4 hours later was still only dilated 1 cm and my obgyn even scheduled an induction date! By 7 pm during my favorite game show, Jeopardy (approx. 3-4 hours after doctor visit.)I started getting the rolling contractions. When we went to bed at 10:30 pm I knew it was time. I took the castor oil at 12 noon and had Jaxson at 5:49 the next morning. And this was after the obgyn declared I was still only 1 cm. It was very fast!! So, I would try it again.

  2. nipple stimulation??? whose idea was that (besides adrian's)? I have found the best way to get a labour going is to have your significant other be busy at that time. Make sure it's utterly inconvenient for them to come help you. Trust me, this will work. Orrr, go to a movie that you really wanted to see. Orrrrr, be completely unprepared. Orrrrr be completely broke. I have found that all these things worked.


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