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I’m Currently 4 Cm Dilated And 75% Effaced And I’m Full Term, Does Anyone Know How To Get Labor Going?

16 October 2009 21 Responses

A Parent asks, Hello, I’m currently 4 cm dilated and 75% effaced and I’m full term. This is my first child. I was wondering if anyone has any advice on how to get labor started besides having sex b/c I’ve tried that multiple times. Thank you.

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  • Holli P said:


    I heard the most effective way is to stimulate your nipples, no joke!

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  • Rosie aka Rosie said:


    You just gotta wait, I’m afraid. I’m sorry, it’s the truth. There are a myriad of home remedy type ways to start labor but the honest truth is that when that baby is ready to come, he’ll come. They won’t let you go more than 14 days overdue without inducing. But they will let it get up to that point. My son was born exactly 14 days late, just hours before the induction was scheduled. lol. Little bugger…
    However, do try to respond quickly once real contractions start because some hospitals will not allow an epidural past a certain point of dilation and you do NOT want to be caught in that trap since you are already 4cm.
    For those saying you should be in the hospital, if you went in, they have you walk the halls, check your dilation and effacement, and send you home most likely. Which gets really frustrating! Wait it out, do some nesting, take some naps and know that you’ll be a momma within the next week or so. Good luck!
    Oh, I hate to discredit others but, nipple stimulation is very dangerous if not guided by a midwife or nurse. It can bring on incredibly hard contractions very fast. I don’t recommend it unless you’re being supervised by a professional. Same with massage. Most massage places won’t even take you this late. As for sex, it is true, it can help. Semen has prostaglandins in it that may help stimulate the cervix and when a woman has an orgasm, the uterus spasms in much the same way it does during labor contractions. So it can jump start labor. But, it never worked for me….except that one time at 20 weeks. lol. Bad juju. ;)

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  • Ruth said:


    well i have 4 kids and with my last one i was 4 cm and 80% they sent me home because the contractions were irregular. if you have access to a pool you can relax in it the swimming will help you relax and send you into labor everyone says active active active but its truly relaxation that helps more because you are opening your body to labor rather than forcing it upon yourself and risking injury you need strength for the labor dont wear yourself out before you have to push!! just take it easy. so if you could take a nice swim or just soak in a warm bath it would really help.. P.S. eat pineapple or drink OJ it has natural citruis that will kick start contractions. Good luck

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  • SallyC said:


    Hi there I recommend acupressure, type in ‘acupressure to induce’ or ‘acupressure not safe for pregnancy’ to search engine to find the points (one on arm and one on leg) and stimulate as necessary. I started doing this the day before I was due through sheer boredom, and delivered within 24 hours! Good luck, interesting to see if it works but i believe this to be the best way! Good luck!

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  • vickie t said:


    sounds like you should be in the hospital 4cm they kept me at 4cm you might want to call the doc. tell him your in pain even if your not and that you are 4cm which i’m sure he knows then go to the hospital and let them check you and tell them yor in to much pain and discomfront to go home and wait they might keep you they kept me at 4cm. good luck and congrats

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  • Package DealBuy me get 2 free said:


    Go to http://www.justmommies.com they have some great ideas on how to get your labor going! And they have so much more there too….it is a great website!
    Hope I helped! Good luck!

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  • ilovemyl said:


    Don’t try anything to rush the labor. Call your Dr. and see if you need to go in hospital yet.
    Stop having sex now as that could harm your child while you are in labor.

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  • ms P said:


    Walking, it’s the best way. Just don’t walk too far off somewhere like a park or something that’s too far from the car in case you go into labor. But yeah, walking is the best way.

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  • ShareBea said:


    I tried mowing the lawn (on a riding lawnmower of course), but I was a week overdue and she was not showing any signs of wanting to leave the womb :-)

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  • wowee said:


    okay I have no clue how to get the labor going, but I would suggest going to the hospital, maybe they will induse the labor?!

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  • In Need of Some good advice! said:


    A friend of mine was dilated to 5 for over a week before her labor started. I would try walking a lot and eat spicy foods.

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  • cutetrio said:


    i’ve heard to take a walk. And to take a spoon full of castor oil. There’s another one. umm Rose tea.

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  • Ro V said:


    I’m surprised you’re not in the Hospital…!!

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  • Mommy said:


    Wait. Im sure itll come. And go to the hospital. Preferably before you even read this. Good Luck!

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  • Carly D said:


    I walked 2 miles every day for a week and by the end of the week i had my baby! Good luck!!

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  • mommy to a precious baby girl said:


    Have sex… Really. This will release hormones that will get your contractions going.

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  • La Chica Sexy! said:


    4 cm sounds like you are in labor

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  • jo-jo said:


    Just relax

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  • Shayie M said:


    have sex stimulate your nippels maybe even a glass of white wine

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  • linda s said:


    Try taking a walk and staying active.
    good luck with ur new baby :)

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  • p3_2cool said:


    and you are not in the hosiptal?

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