help getting labor started

Shaniqua - posted on 07/30/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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anyone know good natural ways to get labor started. Iam due soon and my doc said I should walk and have sex because I have nothing going on as far as effacement, dialation and pelvic station.

tips, thoughts, ideas?

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Kate CP - posted on 07/31/2009

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Donna, the idea of having sex to induce labor is not to break your waters. Sperm contains natural cervical ripening agents which can help speed along labor. Plus orgasms help your uterus to contract.

Kim - posted on 07/31/2009

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With my daughter my doctor stripped my membranes at around 9 am on Monday and I went back to work and my water broke a little after 2 that afternoon and I had my daughter the next day. That worked for me but everyone is different. If the doc suggests it go for it but not gonna lie it really hurt when the doctor did it.

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I tried lots of things castor oil, walking and nothing worked the doctor had to eventually induce me after the 40 weeks.

Heidi - posted on 07/31/2009

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I tried it all... castor oil, bumpy quad rides, sex.... unfortunately none worked and my son came when he wanted. A week early, and was I happy! It's worth trying the wives tales, they must of generated from some truth, but when it comes down to it, baby will come when baby is ready. Good luck!

Angela - posted on 07/31/2009

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With the birth of my first my Doctor stripped my membranes on a Thursday (had contractions from then on) and then Sunday I tried everything in the book, sex, fresh pineapple, foot rubs, the list goes on and on. My water ended up breaking that night but there was also a snowstorm that night so I've heard that could help too. Sorry I can't pinpoint it down for you.

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I tried everything, nothing worked for me - but I did try pineapple, raspberry leaf tablets and tea, LOTS of sex, long walks, clary sage oil in your bath (totally honks too yuk), curries and gentle exercise on the wii fit. As I said, nothing worked for me - I had to be induced, but its all natural so worth a shot!! Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 07/31/2009

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I was in a similar situation and I tried several things that people claimed worked (sex, walking, nipple stimulation, spicy foods...) Nothing worked for me. 2 days after my due date I went to the dr and he stripped my membranes (detaching the amniotic sac from the cervix). Everyone told me that they had their baby with in hours of having that done to them. Not me. I ended up being induced a day later because my blood pressure spiked up and they guesstimated that she was already a big baby. So nothing worked for me. Here is a clip from an article I found. Take it for what it's worth. I would get the okay from your dr before trying these though. Best wishes!

"Orgasms cause the release of oxytocin that might initiate the onset of labor in late pregnancy. Sex always has been a recognized method of starting labor. Sperm contains prostaglandins that encourage the cervix to ripen. Spicy foods, long walks, nipple stimulation, certain herbs such as blue cohosh (Excessive amounts of blue cohosh might raise maternal blood pressure to dangerous levels and might have an overdosing effect on the baby. A naturopath or herbalist should be consulted before recommending this or any herb to your pregnant clients), the use of castor oil, acupuncture, massage and general relaxation techniques might all be effective in initiating labor."

Donna - posted on 07/30/2009

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Before everyone posts on here telling you to eat curries and do lots of housework, can I just say, it's all rubbish. They are all old wives tales. Nobody knows how or why labour starts so how can anyone of these silly things work? As for the sex thing, it is a coincidence, the chances are that sex may help break your waters, but that isn't a guarantee for getting labour started...just try and relax and not think about it too much.

I was nearly a week overdue and had to be induced...

Katie - posted on 07/30/2009

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Have lots of sex. If you're really rough about it you should start contracting. At least that's what worked for both of my pregnancies.

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