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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 10:47am

Natural Induction methods

Any tips people?

My consultant has said she would like to induce me at 38 weeks (though I think I can probably push her to 39 weeks) ... but I would like to get things started naturally before then ...

I know the babies will come only when they're ready, but it couldn't hurt to try could it ;)




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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 11:00am

Hi Hun
In my antenatal class the following were suggested

Sex
Pineapple
Curry
Long Walk
Raspberry leaf tablets/tea

Think that was it......Basically she said anything that affects your tummy like a hot hot curry can work. Not to eat too much pineapple ( said she doubted this workes but not to eat too much of it :rolleyes: ) Sex is best ( it's not happening in my case ).
A friend of a friend got her labour started by going on a quad bike - bit too risky me thinks !!

Hope this helps, although I think babies definitely come when they are ready. [SIZE=7]( she says taking her Raspberry Leaf tabs )[/SIZE]
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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 11:03am

Hate pineapple but everything else is good to go (not had sex for around 6 months but sure i'll remember how :rolleyes: )

Might give the quad bike a miss though [SIZE=7](she responds taking her raspberry leaf tablets)[/SIZE]




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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 11:04am

sex and a sweep started me off a treat :D (not at the same time)

orgasms can start things off, so you might want to treat yourdelf to a few newshy



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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 11:10am

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Willow - what are you suggesting??

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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 11:12am

mmmmmm

if it'll help ....




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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 11:12am

;) possibly some 'vibrations' in the right place might help lol!

but full on sex helps more as there is a hormone in semen that triggers labour.

:D ill shut up now



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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 11:13am

Yep I was told about that chemical in semen
Think you get it in pineapple too or something edible :P

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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 12:00pm

In one of my pregnancy bulletins today it said that eating papaya that isn't fully ripe stimulates uterine contractions and labour so not to eat unripe papaya during early pregnancy but do eat it if you want to induce.

I eat pineapple every day for breakfast - I'm addicted to fresh pineapple so not sure this one will work but papaya is meant to be brill. If you know a very good acupuncturist then acupuncture can be very effective for inducing labour as the points used are very strong - but onloy go to a good one recommended by the British Acupuncture Council and talk to them first because they may have strict codes about how many weeks you need to be for them to work on inducing.

How exciting to be thinking about this though Kirsty! I'm desperate to meet our little one!
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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 12:30pm

I've got the same list - pineapple, raspberry leaf tea, sex (semen is the trigger), curry, walking. I'll have a chat with my alternative therapist friend and she might have a few more ideas. I had a reflexologist once who said that she got a labour going and then stayed throughout the birth, as there are certain points that are uterine linked.

OOooooo - not long to go Kirsty!!!!!!
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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 12:36pm

Good luck everyone.

I tried all of the above and my dd was still 2 weeks late and even then I had to be induced - I think they arrive in their own time no matter what you do!

Such an exciting time though, I am very jealous!

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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 12:39pm

I'm convinced Raspberry leaf is the reason Plum arrived Three weeks early. Contractions started two days after I started taking the tablets.







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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 1:45pm

Unpacking your hospital bag!! lmao

the temptation will be too much for them to come when you are least prepared lmao








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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 1:47pm

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I'm convinced Raspberry leaf is the reason Plum arrived Three weeks early. Contractions started two days after I started taking the tablets.


Ah but lots of women take it (including me!) and don't start! I was induced, but it took them 3 lots of gel and synto to get me going! But then I had zero tearing and minimal bruising :D

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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 1:48pm

yep everyone is different!







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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 2:35pm

Hiya Kirsty

Papaya is supposed to guarantee induction. Indian folklore.
But the doctor said sex and long walks:)

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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 3:24pm

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Unpacking your hospital bag!! lmao

the temptation will be too much for them to come when you are least prepared lmao


Ooh yes, that should do it. along with planning a few nice nights out (even better book a night away), stopping shaving, running out of clean clothes and anything else that would make it really inconvenient...bound to bring them along!

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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 3:26pm

2 days before birth I was cycling around. Cobbled streets tickles really well on your cervix!
I loooved the raspberry leaf tea (the plain one not the flavoured one) and made sure to have lots of sex.
I told myself that I was ready (self hypnosis is great, makes you release all the right hormones)
Had champagne every day and lots of romantic moments, kisses, more sex and some cuddles.

I ended up with a very good speeded labour that never was too painful. Very gradual and fun. (lots of cuddles and a little bit of sex in early labour too) and romantic lunch and a tiny glass of wine!

I made sure I had quite a few orgasms too since they intensified the contractions!

Have fun! :)

Oh yes, If you don't feel like you can take all of your hubby at the moment then help him along and just make sure that he comes inside you... Then again, the willies prodding is quite similar to a sweap so you might want to put up with it anyway! :D
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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 3:30pm

lmao



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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 4:15pm

DS1: within 24 hours of my first cup of raspberry leaf tea (only had time for 2 cups), I was in labour.

DS2: thought I'd try the same. Er, nothing, after many, many, many cups of raspberry leaf tea... He was five days overdue, but a sweep did the job perfectly - in labour within 48 hours of a sweep.

Ooh, Torisen's post reminds me: I was at the gym the morning of both my labours. mmmmmm I wonder if that's related?

No harm in trying any of the methods you fancy, but they're probably more for your mental wellbeing than anything else. :D
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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 5:09pm

Kirsty
At my feeding class they also said nipple stimulation after 37 weeks can induce labour as well
I might give that a go !!

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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 5:33pm

Yes but they mean like 2 hours of it! Make sure you've got a good book to read!!! lmao








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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 7:10pm

Just stay away from the dodgems!!!!


(she was eyeing them up at the meet today! :D )





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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 7:38pm

RE: Natural Induction methods

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Originally posted by KIRSTY G
Any tips people?

My consultant has said she would like to induce me at 38 weeks (though I think I can probably push her to 39 weeks) ... but I would like to get things started naturally before then ...

I know the babies will come only when they're ready, but it couldn't hurt to try could it ;)


hey kirsty -

Your Obstetrician must have read my prediction !

BTw protaglandin is in Semen - hence the sex thing -


Sorry - Prostin gell for you - they doctors seem to like to think they are in control
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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 7:52pm

Just makes me wonder with all these old wives tales though, that you walk every day, lots of us have sex during pregnancy, eat pineapple, hot curry.. the list is endless, yet most of us don't have premature labour. Which leads me to believe that babies only come when they feel like it lmao








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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 8:21pm

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Just makes me wonder with all these old wives tales though, that you walk every day, lots of us have sex during pregnancy, eat pineapple, hot curry.. the list is endless, yet most of us don't have premature labour. Which leads me to believe that babies only come when they feel like it lmao


I've thought the same myself ... I eat curries (relatively hot) which don't put me into pre-term labour. Go for long walks .... ditto .... yet these are supposed to be methods used to induce mmmmmm

It probably is a case of only when babies are ready ... but i'm still gonna try them all :rolleyes:

Off to unpack my hospital bag now ... legs are already unshaven, clean clothes are at a minimum, bikini line closely resembles that of a yeti .... jobs a good 'un ;)




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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 8:24pm

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Just stay away from the dodgems!!!!


(she was eyeing them up at the meet today! :D )


She should have had a go then!! And was that raspberry leaf tea provided by DH at the end?

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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 8:26pm

It was indeed ...

The bumpy cars are calling my name ... :rolleyes: I can't drive for toffee (where does that syaing come from ?( ) as it is, let alone heavily pg ... still, it would be a laugh :)




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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 8:26pm

Now thats true love! :D

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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 8:44pm

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It probably is a case of only when babies are ready ... but i'm still gonna try them all :rolleyes:

As did I, well it passed the time if nowt else lmao








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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 8:48pm

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It probably is a case of only when babies are ready ... but i'm still gonna try them all :rolleyes:

As did I, well it passed the time if nowt else lmao


That's an excellent point .... it occupies quite a bit of time does "hubby, get your arse to the shop for some papaya"




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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 8:49pm

You're joking, if I sent my DP to the shop for papya at 38 weeks, I'd more than likely have gone overdue by the time he found it!! lmao








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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 8:51pm

I've just told him about the papaya, and he ddid have a decidedly confused look on his face ... i'll tell him it's a fruit in a bit

(It is a fruit isn't it??)




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Monday, July 23rd 2007, 8:57pm

yes!!

I sent him indoors to the greengrocers in the market hall and he couldn't find a stall called The Green Grocer lmao








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yes!!

I sent him indoors to the greengrocers in the market hall and he couldn't find a stall called The Green Grocer lmao


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