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Sitting here tweaking my nipple, more I can do?

(16 Posts)
BumpPower Mon 07-Mar-16 14:27:34

I know I know every heavily pregnant women wants to know the magic way to start to labour but I'm desperate - and rather under the clock really want to have DC2 in the next 2 days when I have family here to look after DS1!
So this morning we went for a walk up and down the sea walls - lots of steps. I'm now bouncing on my ball while DS1 naps then I might walk him to the swings... What more?

Everythinggettingbigger Mon 07-Mar-16 14:49:42

how far are you? I randomly seen a poster in the hospital the other day about walking up and down stairs sideways or "kerb walking" (this was up in the labour ward in the triage room) walking with one foot on the kerb and one foot on the road...PLEASE BE CAREFUL doing either of these!

My mum took castor oil is it? to have me (born on my due date and 26 years ago now) as it was half term and it was easier childminder wise with the other 2 being off and not have to worry about getting to and from school. it basically gave her a dodgy stomach which kicked off labour, cant imagine this being the best way to do it!

forgot about nipple tweaking grin I don't have any feeling in mine so assuming this would be pointless for me to try this time!! only 28+6 so far too early for me anyway!

BaronessBomburst Mon 07-Mar-16 14:56:07

Do not take castor oil! It can trigger labour by giving you such bad runs that all the muscles in the vicinity start contracting. It also distresses the baby and increases the chance of being born in meconium.

Blerg Mon 07-Mar-16 14:59:12

I had reflexology at 40+11 with DC2. Baby arrived within 48 hours. Could be fluke of course but it was fairly relaxing and I felt I was being proactive.

Hope all goes well (and soon).

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Mon 07-Mar-16 15:00:03

Tweak the other one too? wink

Twiddle like you're trying to tune an old radio.

SunnyL Mon 07-Mar-16 15:01:16

I did the ironing. HTH

Roobix04 Mon 07-Mar-16 15:03:18

Twiddling didn't work for me. Neither did two cervical sweeps unfortunately. Dd was 13 days late and came on her own terms.

Imnotaslimjim Mon 07-Mar-16 15:03:32

Nipple tweaking can work but you have to do it for a while. The oxytocin released can instigate labour.

Sadly though, baby will come when they're ready and not before, and other than medical induction there isn't a lot you can do about it.

BumpPower Mon 07-Mar-16 16:15:02

Thanks ladies. I'm 39+1 so there is still time - won't be taking castor oil or anything like that just hoping to hurry things a little.
Interestingly the midwife who gave me a sweep with DS1 advised walking with one foot on one foot office kurb but I thought that was specific to the way DS was positioned. Will try that next...had v v mild Contractions in bed this morning but they stopped angry nothing since!

flowersinthegarden Mon 07-Mar-16 16:33:48

Sex! Worked for me, can't say I was really in the mood but it worked!

Mrscog Mon 07-Mar-16 16:36:16

Sex worked for me both times - baby within 24 hours, but I think your body has to be ready for it to work

cranberryx Mon 07-Mar-16 16:43:20

Strangely enough, sex/orgasm was what set me off. It's the oxytocin that kick starts the labour, once you feel safe and happy. 39+4.

Sharesinpampers Mon 07-Mar-16 22:26:02

Another vote for sex....started my labour and was the last time for ages

Roobix04 Mon 07-Mar-16 23:04:17

You could incorporate the nipple tweaking into the sex...just saying. If you could also do it while crab walking up the stairs I think you'd be good to go. We'll not mention curb walking grin

Jackiebrambles Mon 07-Mar-16 23:12:29

I had a sweep, tweaked nipples a fair bit, sat bouncing on my ball and used some clary sage in an oil burner. Had a glass of wine with dinner. Went into labour that night.

Who knows which thing did the trick!

Pinkheart5915 Tue 08-Mar-16 02:14:45

sex, worked like a dream for me and husband was happy too grin

Failing that hot curry, a long walk, wash the kitchen floor, bounce on a exercise ball

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