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What did you do?

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laurajane89 Wed 01-May-13 12:04:04

Really want baby out now instead of the induction that my consultant wants, is there anythink that may help move things along or are they just old wives tales

I drank raspberry tea and waved a wispa at my yoni grin

The tea i think helped - i started drinkibg it on the saturday, waters went the monday and finally had ds on wednesday at 40+3.

Hopefully something works for you smile

laurajane89 Wed 01-May-13 12:28:57

This is proberly a very silly question but where can i get raspberry tea from because i couldnt find any at my local shop

Bunnylion Wed 01-May-13 12:45:53

I've seen raspberry tea in waitrose.

You can refuse to be induced, how far along are you?

laurajane89 Wed 01-May-13 12:52:08

I am 37 weeks but they want to induce me due to medical reason so i want to try and get it started naturally

Bigger supermarkets do it and health food shops smile

Do they have a 'cut off' point for when they really want dc out? Bouncing is meant to help even just on the edge of your couch/bed. Any light to medium exercise is good for motivating baby i'm super lazy so didn't

avoid castor oil all it does is make your tummy ache and give you the runs - any labour that happens after it is purely coincidental (i asked about ten nurses/midwives blush )

ohforfoxsake Wed 01-May-13 21:36:13

IIRC you can get Raspberry Leaf tablets in Holland and Barrett.

A very spicey chicken from Nandos did it for me for DC3 (10 days over). I tried castor oil (but I was very timid) for DC4. I had acupuncture and she came the next day. (But I was 40 + 14 so I can't say what actually did it).

MultipleMama Wed 01-May-13 21:37:30

Speed bumps - I'm not joking.

My cousin's dad drove her over speed bumps at the speed limit (if no one drives, get a taxi) and I kid you not, she went into active labor that same day.

I tried dancing, cleaning the floors on my hands and knees, curry, speed bumps, sex, watched scary movies, drank every tea recommended. In the end I went into labor because I got angry and screamed at DH... have you tried screaming? Haha.

Thurlow Wed 01-May-13 21:52:19

Orgasms are supposed to really, really help wink

syl1985 Thu 02-May-13 04:17:40

If you want your baby to be born naturally and asap, then ask the question:

What triggers a delivery?

It's a cocktail of hormones. How it exactly works is unknown, but what we do know is this.

Adrenaline has got a negative influence on this progress. Bright light, stress, exercise it all gives you a higher doses of adrenaline.

Oxytocin plays a big part in starting and during the delivery.
Here is a page that tells you all about it.

It's also called the love hormone.
Have a nice evening with your partner. Don't eat to much, but have some comfort food, dimmed light or candle light, soft relaxing music, a massage, sex and better would be if you'd have an orgasm, as this also gives you an higher level of oxytocin in your blood.

Basically just have a nice relaxing, romantic night with your partner. If you can end it with sex and for you an orgasm. That would be a nice extra bonus.

I hope that I didn't went to private there with my advice.

Best of luck!


wintersdawn Thu 02-May-13 04:48:27

I was induced at 38 weeks for medical reasons and none of the tricks worked for me when I tried to get it going beforehand. Think part of the problem is that if baby's not ready to come out naturally the tricks don't have anything to stimulate.
Good luck though.

atrcts Thu 02-May-13 19:51:28

I've just had a week of:

1. Long car drive (4 hrs initially then about 1hr each day for 6 days) on windy, bumpy country roads

2. Bumpy train rides

3. At least 2 hours a day on my feet "sight-seeing"

4. Lots of lifting (toddler on and off toilets all day long!).

All of this had me contracting every 5 minutes and kept me awake all night, and I'm only 30 weeks pregnant!

When I came home from my holiday I found that the contractions subsided massively.

Maybe some of that might get you going?!!!!!

redandyellowandpinkandgreen Thu 02-May-13 22:25:21

Nipple twiddling apparently!

SuperFurrySlippers Thu 02-May-13 22:37:40

Have read on here that being due for an induction helps, certainly did for me, was due to be induced on the Sunday and went into labour on the Saturday. Eventually gave birth 4 hours before I was supposed to turn up for induction.

laurajane89 Fri 03-May-13 08:46:50

I have been using my gym ball and walking the dog and sex and last night i had alot of tighterings but nothing this motning, am i getting my hopes up for nothing ?

toffeelolly Fri 03-May-13 08:59:04

Pineapple done it for me, was forever getting false alarm's, they said i had a over active uterus, so was in hospital a week before ds was born getting fed up with pain with not a thing happening was 39 week's got has to be fresh pineapple ate the lot, went into labour that night ds was born 2.30 early hours. Swore it was the pineapple, midwife said she think's there is something in it to. So maybe worth a try. Good luck with baby.wink

BikeRunSki Fri 03-May-13 09:08:31

My Pilates teacher swore by massaging the base of your big toe. There's a pressure point that triggers things.

laurajane89 Fri 03-May-13 09:15:28

Im too ticklish to have the base of my toe massaged ha, but i will try pineapple..would tinned pineapple be the same because ive got some in the cupboard already

alienbanana Fri 03-May-13 09:16:23

Sex is the only one that works really, but anything that helps get the baby engaged and low down will help too (so the speed bumps, or bouncing on a ball might do it).

It's raspberry leaf tea btw. Raspberry tea will do bugger all. well. RLT will probably do bugger all too, but it's worth a shot smile

laurajane89 Fri 03-May-13 09:21:45

At the moment im willing to try anythink and everythink smile

toffeelolly Fri 03-May-13 14:44:51

Laura , has to be fresh pineapple no tinned. So do try to get hold of some, it's worth a try. Here's hopeingwink

laurajane89 Fri 03-May-13 15:08:03

Okay i will get my fiance to get me some

MummyBurrows Fri 03-May-13 15:44:19

Apparently only 2 things are "proven" to work to bring on labour and that's eating loads of fresh (not tinned) pineapple and having lots of unprotected sex with dp ejaculating inside you. The hormone in semen and fresh pineapple is the same as the one they give you when they induce you...that's what my miswife told me anyway. Everything else is just old wives tales and nothing but coincidences apparently...

I was due to be induced and the night before I had a massive carvery dinner followed by a big slice of warm chocolate fudge cake and went into labour 6am in the morning,4hrs before I was due to go into hospital to be induced so perhaps there's something in the tale about knowing you're about to be induced could trigger natural labour! Good luck smile

toffeelolly Fri 03-May-13 17:08:03

Yes eat a whole pineapple tonight and hopefully you might have good new's for us all tomorrow. good luckwink

FrustratedSycamoresRocks Fri 03-May-13 17:49:17

A huge long walk, preferably up-hill. It worked for me, trouble is, you are knackered even before you go into labour. So realistically probably not the best idea.

Aren't you supposed to eat about 8 pineapples for it to actually have any significant effect?

weeblueberry Fri 03-May-13 18:24:03

Yep re: the 8 pineapples. And it's the same with the sex - the hormone they use to induce you has the 'sperm' in SUCH high quantities that you'd pretty much have to go at it every hour for about 4 days.

The only thing that's been 'proven' to work despite what people say, is a chemical induction. If anything else did, everyone would do it.

It's virtually impossible to say 'X works' because how would you know that you weren't due to go into labour that day/night anyway? confused

pod3030 Fri 03-May-13 22:23:34

i had a hot curry and then went to a party where they played drum and base. waters went an hour after i got into bed that night.

KobayashiMaru Sat 04-May-13 15:27:42

You'd need to eat about three truckloads of pineapple to get the same amount as in one syringe. It's pretty much a myth. nothing is going to work at 37 weeks unless it's already starting anyway.

Racheld33 Sat 04-May-13 15:35:43

Hi Laura, I was pegging out my washing at 39 + 5 when i saw some weeds in my flower borders (!) I got down on my knees and started pulling at these really stubborn weeds, and on the third pull felt a sharp pain (!) I quickly thought, better not be doing that again in my condition, and as I stood up, got my first contraction, DS born 6 hours later! Good luck smile

MummyJetsetter Sat 04-May-13 18:34:48

It's meant to take 8 whole pineapples to induce you and sperm is meant to help too. Raspberry leaf tea is meant to be helpful in later stages of labour I believe but doesn't help to induce. What about burning clary sage oil, it's meant to cause your womb to contract.

Unfortunately though I do agree with kobyashi, if your body is doing it's job properly you won't go in to labour until you're ready no matter what you do. And to be honest if you'd be happy to induce yourself using one of these methods you might as well have the injection to do it because you're trying to get started unnaturally before your body is ready anyway.

I hope you get your baby out soon nice and healthy either way! x

FrustratedSycamoresRocks Sat 04-May-13 19:48:50

hmm rach I've spent the afternoon weeding all of my raised beds. Instead of my usual lazy afternoon of MN Unfortunately nothing. Zilch. Not even a mini-twinge.

Racheld33 Sat 04-May-13 20:35:50

Sorry frustrated hope it all start soon! On a positive note, bet your garden looks lovely now grin

laurajane89 Sat 04-May-13 21:22:45

I have been on a long walk today, bounced on the ball for ages and eat a curry and still nothing, well ive started getting a sharp under my bump but not sure if that means anythink confused

Mamabear12 Sat 04-May-13 22:33:45

I drank raspberry tea a few weeks before due date (whenever u r supposed to start, forget now as that was over a year ago) and walked a lot. Baby came one day early. I had 12 hour straight forward labour/ delivery. I read somewhere the raspberry tea also helps makes your contractions more effective. And boy let me tell you, my contractions were very effective and painful!! Lol. After two hours I had regular contractions, water broke, went to hospital and was 4 cms dialted! My whole thing would have been faster if I didn't get epidural at 8cm (which was like heaven). Bc after epidural my contractions stopped at 8cms and I had to get pitocin to start them again.

Good luck and drink raspberry tear if u haven't yet. I plan to do the same for my second when I approach the weeks before due date.

FrustratedSycamoresRocks Sat 04-May-13 23:08:50

Garden is fab now thanks rach, I can relax in it for the long weekend, without feeling like I need to do something to it.

I'm in no rush, this little one will move when he's ready. finished gardening before I'd read your post, so didnt deliberately weed to start labour, I couldn't put off the weeding any longer

just jealous that I do the whole garden and nothing, and you pull 3 weeds and whollah. I guess it illustrates that what works for one person doesnt work for all.

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