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Well I'm 40 weeks and 1 day pregnant

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I had my doc. app. this morning and I'm still one cm dilated and 75% effaced. I'm kinda freaked out that I'm going to have to get induced. It just doesn't seem natural to me. Any advice or tips?

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I went 40 weeks and 2 days with my second and had him naturally.  Being induced is not so bad either though.  I'm actually requesting to be induced with this one.  Once they get you started, your body takes over and the rest is the natural birthing process.  The fact that you are 75% effaced is a good thing.  You are really close.  Try taking some walks or fooling around, both of those are supposed to help bring on labor.  Try to relax, I think most doctors will let you wait until you are at least 5 days overdue before pushing you into induction, but like I said, it's really not too bad.  :)
Well, first, CONGRATS!Second, don't worry about your dilation and effacement.  You can be 0/0 and go into labour 2 hours later, hon.  Just relax and trust your body.  It knows what it's doing.  I also read somewhere that the EDD from the first day of your LMP is based on the "ideal" woman.  In reality, it can be up to two weeks off.  I'm not sure about your doctor and hospital, but mine will not induce unless you are 10+ "over due".Try nipple stimulation (releases oxytocin), sex (semen has a chemical in it that I can't remember the name, but it helps dilate and efface the cervix), and walking.

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