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Another daft question but.......

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chezziejo Thu 15-Nov-12 10:40:01

Have read on here that nipple tweaking can help bring on labour? How does that work? confused

amazingmumof6 Thu 15-Nov-12 11:24:06

it can start off the contractions same way as an orgasm can do - best to google it for proper explanation....

I personally recommend tiramisu, had 3 spoonfuls, 5 minds later my waters broke! smile

chezziejo Thu 15-Nov-12 11:46:31

Well I have to laugh but there's obviously no comparison then unless there are sadists out there grin

amazingmumof6 Thu 15-Nov-12 13:47:46

I know, I read about nipple tweaking, no thank you!

the best advice I can give is when you are past EDD ask for a sweep of the membranes, midwife will explain. it does hurt a bit/a lot , but better than being induced, especially if you want to avoid an epidural

then have sex as the sperm has something in it that can soften the membranes also and can start labour off.

this combination did work for us 3 times out of 6! ( the other 2 were induced, 1 ELSC)

no shed loads of pineapple as it can give you diahorrea, but do try some foods/drinks that get you good bowel movements, as the pressure from that can stimulate the womb!

so eat things that loosen you up a bit - but whatever you do, if you eat a bag of prunes in the morning and end up having your baby the same evening make sure you packed a can of air-freshen to avoid midwives manically opening the windows an DH on the verge of being sick...

ah, the fun of childbirth!

anyway, if there was one sure way of bringing on labour everyone would do that one thing!

mayhew Thu 15-Nov-12 19:20:20

Its more twiddling than tweaking….it stimulates oxytocin release. As does orgasm…Semen contains prostaglandin, which of course is best directly applied to the cervix.

These only work if your body is on the verge of labour. Still it passes the time.

chezziejo Thu 15-Nov-12 19:40:28

Well just just back from out of hours with Ds who has severe ear infection in both ears. I'm bordering on cup of tea as opposed to tweaking and doing any deeds. He's really poorly with it poor little Man. Can't get his temp down.

amazingmumof6 Thu 15-Nov-12 20:18:56

mayhew - that's it, I couldn't remember the difference!

yes, it maybe something to do or it could be good prep for baby chewing nipple to bits! grin

3 cheers for tiramisu!

chezziejo Thu 15-Nov-12 20:28:01

Hmm tiramisu but now got sodding back cramps for good measure. Trust me to coincide with a poorly 2 year old . Sod's law I think they call it grin

amazingmumof6 Thu 15-Nov-12 21:15:38

wud it make you feel better if I said I have 5 rambunctious boys (inc a toddler) and a baby girl pretty much attached to me? and they are just sooooooooo noisy? and hubby's working late? and washing machine is broken down? and house is a tip? and I'm fat and exhausted? and that I've just told them for the 15th times to stop nattering and sleep? and I just want to put my hands on my ears and go wah wah wah! grin

I hope it did, coz that's all I've got!

chezziejo Thu 15-Nov-12 22:18:04

Yep feel much better now thank you grin definately rather you than me and the thought of your ironing pile when the washing machine is fixed with 6 kids is making me feel faint grin

amazingmumof6 Thu 15-Nov-12 23:09:49

faint it is, feel no pain!grin glad to be of service!grin

btw I don't iron anything, although it is my favourite household chore, DH insists on starched shirts for work, so ironing service took over 8 years ago..
.kids have non-iron uniforms and my clothes don't matter anyway, I've lived in maternity clothes the most part of last 12 years and I'm glad if something I wear stays clean for longer than 30 mins!

and friends and MIL are rallying round getting the washing done - hence the extra time to natter on MN!
not all gloom and doom - well they are asleep now, so I feel much calmer! grin

all the best, hope ickle one gets better soon and you get a good night sleep too!

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