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any tips to bring on labour?

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nadinetd Fri 06-Jul-07 12:01:44

hi im 39+5 weeks but went to midwife tuesday and baby is measuring 41 weeks so i have appointment at hospital on tuesday 10th to discuss being induced.
i want it to start naturaly so far ried champagne and pineapple and sex! any ideas, went for long walk last night and have been quite active at home.
any tips?

Tutter Fri 06-Jul-07 12:03:13


am thinking the same (only 37+5 but mahoosive baby by all accounts)

usual tips include: fresh pineapple, nipple stim (lulu's the expert on this ), sex and exercise

i will be trying maybe two of these today

compo Fri 06-Jul-07 12:03:42

nipple stimulation
as much walking as you can handle
raspberry leaf tea

but really, I know it's very cliche, but the baby will only come when it's ready (sorry!)

arbs Fri 06-Jul-07 12:05:25

Evening primrose oil capsules 1000mg worked for me. Took tablet at 12.30pmish ds born at 6.45pm. Labour started at 4pm. Good luck both of you! xx

nadinetd Fri 06-Jul-07 12:07:16

thanks ladies
how often shou;d i take the eveing primrose can it hurt baby?
how the hell does nipple stimulation work????
thanks x

notasheep Fri 06-Jul-07 12:08:22

Agree with compo walk,walk and walk some more.Any steep hills where you are?

Tutter Fri 06-Jul-07 12:09:13

nipple stim

arbs Fri 06-Jul-07 12:09:52

Not sure as I only took one, I found out about it on another thread on MN (you can do a search) He was fine by the way, I don't think it's like castor oil and orange juice which midwives tell you openly is dangerous.

Stargazing Fri 06-Jul-07 12:13:43

i can so sympathise, when my dd was born last year she was a week over - not only was I planning a home birth and wanted to avoid hospital at all costs but my mum was here from Aus and was leaving 2 and a half weeks after the due date! so i kept thinking, oh crap at this rate she's going to be leaving within an hour of the baby arriving! No pressure or anything, the woman had only spent over $2000 to be here to meet her dgd!!

So .... I did sex, red wine, curry, pineapple, lots and lots of walking and (drum roll) acupuncture. Think this was the thing that worked, I had one session on the EDD and one session a week later.

That night, went for a long walk and ended up in yet another Indian restaurant. Ordered a glass of wine and was just about to order the hottest curry on the menu when my first contraction came. DH whipped out his watch and I. realising that this was the real thing, changed my order to a milder curry - was mindful of the "poo in the pool" factor, you see.

Can't recommend acupuncture highly enough. Ask your practitioner if they are skilled in induction. If you are iffy about needles, reflexology is also said to be good.

Good luck and happy labour!! x

Tutter Fri 06-Jul-07 12:15:05

ooh yes - reflexology

i had a session hours before going in to labour- asked the lady to really go for it

nadinetd Fri 06-Jul-07 12:15:38

thank=s for the link tutter never heard of this but wil give it a go!

ill try the evening primrose too, cant wait to meet my baby boy now its our 1st and so excited although i am petrified about the actual process ha ha x

nadinetd Fri 06-Jul-07 12:17:20

thanks stargazing ill bear that in mind too x

Tutter Fri 06-Jul-07 12:18:33

don't be too scared. yup it hurts but you'll get through it. i'm about to do it for the second time so it can't be all that dreadful...

<searches memory, wonders: can it....?>

nadinetd Fri 06-Jul-07 12:21:32

i know my younger sister has 3 girls and everytime i go to town and see women pushing buggies i think well they managed it, i thinks its just the unknown, but then again on ur 2nd it must be scary too as u know what ur letting yourself in for!

TomsMumLP Fri 06-Jul-07 16:30:20

Sex - unprotected. It made mine 3 days early - or it may have been a trip to Ikea - or both!

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