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I've heard many stories of women who were in labor and had labor stall or just flat out stop when stress was introduced so it wouldn't surprise me if stress actually delayed labor. Seems logical.
I've read about this, too. I have been super emotional at night, really upset/crying that I am going over my EDD, because of my OB who is antsy to induce with my "big baby". I think this might be keeping my body from doing anything other than this start/stop labor I feel like I am going through.
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Lots of animals who are in active labour will halt completely if they sense any threat. I've always considered this the main reason many women do not progress in hospital.
Yes, I'm pretty sure stress can delay or halt labor.
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Yes it can. Ina May's guide to childbirth shares a couple of stories where stress delayed, stopped or prolonged labor.
I've had patients who were 7-8 cm when I checked their cervix but when a doctor that they didn't like came in and checked them they were 3-4, in matter of minutes. (after the doc left and another doc came on call the patient relaxed and dilated rather quickly after) My midwife has had the same thing happen to her.
Absolutely! It's nature's way of preventing women/females from giving birth in dangerous situations. Midwives have lots of stories of women whose labours don't start until their mother or husband arrives from out of town (for example), and also labours that stall when lots of medical personnel enter the delivery room or a doctor is abrasive with a woman. My sister's midwives say that women with other children often don't go into labour until they are tucked into bed for the day.
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absolutely. Cortisol blocks oxytocin release--it's a protection mechanism for not going to labor in dangerous situations.
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As everyone else has said, YES! I was talking to a friend who had a vbac a few months back. She was telling me about how she was in active labor, and had been all day. She felt like it was time to go into the hospital and that she was getting really close to delivery. When she called the hospital to see who was on call, she found out that it was a midwife that she did not feel comfortable with at all. Her labor immediately stopped. It didn't resume for several more hours and she knows it is because she was so stressed about that midwife possibly delivering her baby. She was so glad though, because it put off her labor long enough to where she didn't have to go in until a midwife she liked was on call.
Yes. I absolutely believe this.
Funny story but I was lamenting on OS about potentially going late and having another big baby with DS2 and how I really didn't want to go late..blah blah blah. My water broke the next day and I had my 5lb 12oz baby on the 5th of July...he was 4 weeks early.
My post was this huge blubbery mess of whine whine whine...lol. I'm not sure if it helped or he was going to be in distress (compromised placenta that we didn't know about) but I think writing helps destress.
One of the midwives in my practice, who is teaching our childbirthing class, says that it is very common for women who have particular situations going on to go into labor late- basically anything that still needs to be wrapped up, like a house renovation, big project at work, etc.
It makes sense to me that more immediate stress can stall/stop labor, though, too.
Sounds like the perfect excuse to me to tell that crazy MIL of yours to not come out for a visit until the beginning of March...
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When I was in labor with my VBAC baby, I had a great pattern of ctx going until I got to the hospital. Then I was afraid of a lot of things, and my labor slowed a bit until I could relax. Stress can definitely affect things!
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