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I don't want to go overdue with dc2: any tips on what works to bring on labour?

(25 Posts)
yousaidit Fri 19-Sep-08 20:09:42

I know rasperry tea is supposed to make the labour shorter but not start it off, castor oil is a fable, sex is supposed to not work (please? grin ) so any tips?

CaptainFlameSparrowWifeOfJack Fri 19-Sep-08 20:11:06

Speaking as someone who was a month overdue and tried everything... if they ain't ready, they ain't ready.

NoblesseOblige Fri 19-Sep-08 20:11:30

have sex.

KnickersOnMaHead Fri 19-Sep-08 20:18:20

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mags98 Fri 19-Sep-08 20:20:55

Yes, sex does work. Semen has prostaglandin in which is similar to the stuff they give you when you are induced.

So, if you can bear the thought of it...

Sadly everything else is an old wives tale.

CaptainFlameSparrowWifeOfJack Fri 19-Sep-08 20:22:13

Sex does sod all if it ain't ready.

Viagra is meant to work - it acts like induction but stimulates the right hormones so it is more natural than proper induction (or so new scientist said)

goodasgold Fri 19-Sep-08 20:23:48

I have read that semen is more effective if taken orally. How desperate are you?

mags98 Fri 19-Sep-08 20:25:01

Yes, but even indiction won't work if you aren't ready - the eariler you are the more likely it is to fail.

But if you are almost there, well its worth a go, no?

CaptainFlameSparrowWifeOfJack Fri 19-Sep-08 20:25:38

Swallowing is crap - think logically, how the hell is semen in your stomach going to affect your cervix?

KeelhaulCalifrau Fri 19-Sep-08 20:26:52

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mags98 Fri 19-Sep-08 20:30:09

sorry for terrible spelling in that last post! you know what I meant though

KnickersOnMaHead Fri 19-Sep-08 20:32:41

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MarkStretch Fri 19-Sep-08 20:35:06

I don't understand how that swallowing thing works either.

Soooooo obviously thought up by a man fed up of not getting any from his pregnant wife!

goodasgold Fri 19-Sep-08 20:35:18

Oh. I wished I had asked about this about 21 weeks ago when I was overdue with ds. I was desperate enough to try anything!

I'm trying to remember who wrote it. Some man probably.

MinkyBorage Fri 19-Sep-08 20:36:37

Hate to say this, but imo, they just come when they're ready!
However.............I lent a zita west book to a friend the other day, who was thinking the same as you, and there is a page on how to induce labour (wording a little more politically correct though) and they had a picture of someone with tens pads stuck to their ankles??? Didn't read it, but it looked interesting.
Other than that:
pineapple
champagne
curry
shag
diy sweep ??
clary sage oil in bath or burner
acupuncture

MarkStretch Fri 19-Sep-08 20:38:18

Trampolining?

LongJohnSqualor Fri 19-Sep-08 20:38:59

Nowt works.
Baby comes when baby is ready.
I did everything, sex, blow jobs, hill walking and falling on my arse twice, sledding on a massive snowy hill, pineapple, curry, castor oil, that other oil that you rub into your belly, walking along curbs, jumping up and down stairs, going sideways on the stairs and two attempted sweeps.

I also took raspberry leaf, evening primrose and black cohosh from about 38weeks.

The midwife said I had a wonderfully ripe cervix but it was closed shut.

I had an ELCS at 41weeks.

LongJohnSqualor Fri 19-Sep-08 20:39:47

Oh, yeah, I did the acupressure spots too, and trampolining and mowed the lawn. Everything anyone suggested, I tried.

KristinaM Fri 19-Sep-08 20:40:35

well i thought i had tried everything ( 2 babies more than 2 weeks late) but LJS i take my hat off to you wink

MarkStretch Fri 19-Sep-08 20:41:34

Handstands?

mammyofET Fri 19-Sep-08 20:47:56

walking walking walking. I walked for about an hour a day - to shops, library anywhere for two weeks before DS was born (4 days over).

nappyaddict Thu 25-Sep-08 19:37:11

bouncy on the top sex
thai food
sweeping
weeding the garden
cleaning the dishwasher out
laying a patio
star jumps
bouncing on a trampoline
cleaning all the windows
wiping the walls
orange juice
rhubarb
doing handstands in a swimming pool
raspberry and cranberry juice
rotating their hips on a birthing ball
washing the car
meal of lobster and champage
swimming breaststroke
figs
mini golf
bowling
pilates
chamomile tea
ginger
dancing
massaging the roof of the mouth??
mix ketchup, soda and bbq sauce and pour over chicken wings??

nowwearefour Thu 25-Sep-08 19:38:25

masturbation or sex- orgasm is supposed to be another key trigger.....

beccam Thu 25-Sep-08 20:05:04

as it has been said before, they come when they are ready. BUT....I am convinced that swimming brought mine on. He was 10 days overdue and on the advice of a friend (who's baby came the day after she swam) I went swimming and he came the following day. I had swum all through my pregnancy but not for 4 weeks until that day.

Try it, can only make you feel better.

yousaidit Sat 27-Sep-08 04:45:34

Thanks: am now v frightened by the very active bouncy (if temporary) new lifestyle i will have to take up to get this one shifted!!! As for putting things in my mouth i'm not really fussed about having up my fanjo at the moment: i think i'll have to dissapoint dh and wait a while longer!!!! grin

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