Before my baby was born, I had a plan. By the time my son was 12 weeks old, he was going to be sleeping allllll through the night. Boy – what a reality check that was. Turns out, my breastfed baby was waking up through the night every 2-3 hours. At the time he was sleeping in our room (in his own bassinet). The slightest peep or coo would wake me up, and I would check on him to make sure he was okay.
Since day one we followed the Baby Wise Method that’s based on a sleep, eat, wake cycle. This method really helped get him on track with his daytime naps. We also made sure to incorporate the five S’s suggest by Dr. Harvey Karp in his book, The Happiest Baby on the Block:
A few weeks later, I had to return to work. My son was 24 weeks old and STILL was not sleeping through the night. He was waking up every 3-4 hours. I could not concentrate at work and was pretty much a walking zombie. I decided that something had to be done.
At this point he was rolling over, so we transitioned him out of a swaddle and into a weighted sleep sack. I also had come across the Ferber Method. I had heard about this method before and was always opposed to it. But after reading and learning more about it, I realized that my initial thoughts were based on misconceptions.
Disclaimer:This regimen worked for me. However, you should consult with your doctor before trying any tips on how to dilate faster.
Before becoming pregnant, I suffered from horrible menstrual cramps. So once I found out that I was expecting, I was determined to find any natural remedy that would reduce the pain that comes with labor. Well, sorry to say that I didn’t come across anything as it relates to pain. However, in my quest, I discovered tips on how to dilate faster:
Jordan University of Science and Technology conducted a study that followed 114 women and investigated the effect of date fruit consumption on labor parameters and delivery outcomes. The study had 69 women consume six dates per day for four weeks prior to their estimated date of delivery. The remaining 45 women did not consume any dates. The study concluded the following:
The women that consumed dates had significantly higher mean cervical dilatation upon admission compared with the non-date fruit consumers (3.52 cm vs 2.02 cm), and a significantly higher proportion of intact membranes (83% vs 60%);
Spontaneous labour occurred in 96% of those who consumed dates, compared with 79% women in the non-date fruit consumers;
Use of prostin/oxytocin was significantly lower in women who consumed dates (28%), compared with the non-date fruit consumers (47%); and
The mean latent phase of the first stage of labour was shorter in women who consumed date fruit compared with the non-date fruit consumers (510 minutes vs 906 minutes).
I figured that I wouldn’t lose anything in trying. So starting at 37 weeks, I consumed six Deglet Noor dates per day. I made sure to space them out as follows: two after breakfast, two after lunch, and two after dinner.