Help With Contractions, 3 Days Now - page 2

I hope that someone can help me with my problem I have been contracting for 3 days now. I am just past finger tipped and my cervix is very soft. My OB told me that if I continue to contract that he... Read More

  1. by   edib1
    Went to the OB today and I am dilated to 2cm. The OB striped my membranes today,
    how long do you think that it will take to go into labor, and how active should I be?
  2. by   Rocky_Mtn_Emt
    I am not a nurse yet either but I am a mom to a now two year old and I have been involved with quite a few L&D's IMHO DON'T let them induce you unless there is a serious medical reason! that baby will come when it's ready! I had ctx every 2-5 min the last month of my pregnancy and not just BH either yes I was a first time mom and went to the Hosp they put me on the monitor and I was every two minutes but they didn't know what to do with me as I wasn't changing much but I was having hard regular ctx needless to say I went home and was induced 3 weeks later 1 day before my due date for no real reason except the Dr wanted convenience and said the baby would be better off outside well 28hrs later of pure hell (I will spare you all the details) of pit non stop no rest, and no epi I had a beautiful baby girl.

    I will never be induced again unless that baby is in serious danger it was horrible! it also raises your risk of C sec. From the two types of labor I have seen the natural way is the best not to say it doesn't hurt but it's not near as bad as pit.

    I also did all the things to bring the baby on, castor oil,tea,nipple,sex,shower,rough roads,sex. nothing worked it will come when it is ready, and after it was all over I wished I was still pregnant, and that I had taken the time to really enjoy it instead of trying to get it all over with and get the baby here.

    Good Luck!

    as we used to say "labor dust" coming your way!!!!
  3. by   BRANDY LPN
    Quote from edib1
    Went to the OB today and I am dilated to 2cm. The OB striped my membranes today,
    how long do you think that it will take to go into labor, and how active should I be?
    There is no way to tell exactly when it will be but, it will be soon maybe not tomorrow but you are at the end you can hang in there. We all know you are miserable and excited and just ready to get on with it, but please do not let them induce you with out good reason, you will go into labor when the baby is ready. You can be as active as you feel like as long as you rdoctor hasn't put you on any specific restrictions. Try to get as much rest as you can and take good care of yourself, pamper yourself these last few weeks because the next few will be hectic. Keep us posted! best wishes!
  4. by   Energizer Bunny
    Quote from moondancer
    If not, I highly reccommend that you let nature take it's course! Pit is not fun, much harder than natural labor....had Pit w/my 1st...not a good experience!
    Either way, good luck to you...it won't be long now!
    I completely agree. Pit is horrible and if you can avoid it, please do!!! Both times I had pit they gave me my epidural very early because I was in so much pain. The one time I didn't have it, I was at almost six by the time I got my epi.

    Good luck!!! Will be thinking of you and praying for you. It won't be long now.....and really, enjoy it while it lasts. Being pregnant was the best time of my life, swelling and all.
  5. by   L&D_RN_OH
    You can be as active as you want to be after stripping the membranes. I would suggest relaxing, and enjoying these last few days of pregnancy. Once labor starts,for real, move, move, move. Limiting activity during labor slows the process.

    And don't worry about 1 cup of RRL tea. It's not going to cause contractions. It is a uterine tonic which promotes easier labor and letdown. Women who use it, generally take it at least the last month of pregnancy several times a day.
  6. by   edib1
    Thanks Ladies I have an appointment on monday, they will try to strip again if I havent had Madeline by then. I really appreciate all the good advice. I will keep you all posted.
  7. by   Aurora
    With my second, I had weak contractions for two or three days. In the end I had pit and the doctor discovered my membrane had already ruptured when he tried to rupture it. My point being that -- if your membrane has ruptured and no one knows, you should find out and do whatever is best per your doc.
  8. by   fiestynurse
    You say "When times are rough just let out a YeeHaw!" Does this mean you will be yelling "YeeHaw!" while in labor. You may want to warn the L&D staff about that. :chuckle
  9. by   LynneCRNA
    After my OB stripped my membranes, I started having contractions within the hour and delivered my daughter early that evening. Good luck!
  10. by   BabyRN2Be
    Be sure you are adequately hydrated. I tell my clients to drink about a quart of water and go lay down. If the cx are "the real thing", they will continue to get stronger and more frequent. If it's BH, they tend to peter out. The other recommendations are great, too.

    As far as stripping the membranes go, it's really hard to tell when/if it will work. Sometimes it will work w/in a few days, sometimes it doesn't get things going.

    Also, do some reading on accupressure. That's another tool to get things moving.

    Good luck, and remember, this will end.
  11. by   edib1
    Quote from fiestynurse
    You say "When times are rough just let out a YeeHaw!" Does this mean you will be yelling "YeeHaw!" while in labor. You may want to warn the L&D staff about that. :chuckle
    Oh I dont know, Ive heard worse. So I dont think YeeHaw would be too bad. My husband and I were thinking about wearing our cowboy hats just for the hell of it. Not a cowgirl just like to ride the bull. Come to think of it that would be pretty damn funny to hear a woman in labor yelling YEEHAWWWW!!!!!!!!
    Last edit by edib1 on Mar 27, '04
  12. by   Mazzi
    When the apple is ripe, it will fall from the tree. I know waiting is the pits!!! but it is better for you and the baby ( if there are no other problem that you know of) to wait and let nature take its course. Good luck.
  13. by   BETSRN
    I am an L&D nurse. Stripping membranes OFTEN does not work: only causes you to have more uterine irritability. You are only a little past 38 weeks now: you have plenty of time. If there is no medical reason for an induction, don't permit the doc to talk you into that. YOu;re just setting yourself up for a more intervention filled labor and that is definitely the hard way to go.

    Pitocin hurts a lot more than a natural labor (I have two kids: one with a little pit and one completely natural without anything, including IV's). If you can steer clear of pitocin,please do yourself a favor!

    I am aware that you are uncomfortable now (most women are), but let nature do the work. You'll thank yourself later.

    Betsy RNC
    Connecticut

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