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mummygow Mon 16-May-05 20:18:18

This is my second baby - this first was born by emergency c-section I want VBAC.

I go back to see MW next week and want to let her know that I have "being doing my homework".

But she doesnt know that I have the most knowledgable people to help me in the world -

I need all the natural methods of starting labour and at what week in preg I can start them and all the excercises etc to do for baby to be in the right position and when I should start these - come on help!!

These are a few I know already:

Perineal Massage Start anytime (but def 6wks
before due)

Raspberry Leaf Tea 36 - 37 weeks

Sex (I know its part of Marriage)
But every night from 36 weeks

Newbarnsleygirl Mon 16-May-05 20:19:55


I'm sure I put that on your other thread though.

mummygow Mon 16-May-05 20:21:42

you sure did nbg can i start that at any time?

Newbarnsleygirl Mon 16-May-05 20:23:31

I'm sure from 38 weeks is fine although we did it when I had got to 3 days over due.

There are 2 particular techniques which are used to induce Labour. They make the uterus contract.

aloha Mon 16-May-05 20:25:17

Sex is part of marriage? Really? Shh...don't tell my husband....

mummygow Mon 16-May-05 20:45:07

I know I have been hounding you all for help today
NBG can you remember th techniques


hotmama Mon 16-May-05 20:47:46

Hot curries? I tried hot curries, raspberry leaf tea and wishful thinking and still went 9 days overdue. I will try reflexology next time as it is supposed to have good results.

Newbarnsleygirl Mon 16-May-05 20:54:41

Yeah sure.

You'll need your dh to do it for you though.
If you lie on the sofa or sit up whichever's more comfortable. On your toes you have a print like on your fingers. If you look at your fingers in the middle of the print there is an arch. Now get dh to find the arch on your big toes.
One at a time get dh to press very very hard on the arch and hold for as long as you can bear it. If it's painful, it's right!
Do this on both feet

The second one is again applying pressure with the thumb but on the inside soft, middle part of your foot. Put pressure on the bottom part of it and push upwards. Again, keep doing this and on both feet.

Like I said before, my dh did this to me in the afternoon, the day before I gave birth. He did it again at about 10pm before I went to bed. Just before 1am I went in to Labour

mummygow Mon 16-May-05 20:59:46

Update list

Perineal Massage - Start anytime (but def 6wks before due)
Raspberry Leaf Tea - 36-37 wks
Sex - Everynight fro 36 wks
Hot Curries - prob all preg as I'm a greedy pig [grin}
Reflexology - 38 weeks

Nimme Mon 16-May-05 20:59:58

Had hot curry and whole fresh pineapple - birth next day!

Know someone who drank castor oil and swears it sent her straight into labour.

Hope you get what you want, good luck

Newbarnsleygirl Mon 16-May-05 21:02:01

I would double check when you can do the reflexology mummygow. Just to be sure.

mummygow Mon 16-May-05 21:07:57

Thanks NBG

Nimme I have heard of fresh pinapple - I take it that is just around your due date and what about the castor oil????

Nimme Mon 16-May-05 21:15:08

Yes - did curry and pineapple day before due date (didn't "have time" to have baby before). I really do think it is psychological - i.e. you being ready (or perhaps that's just my weird thinking )
As for the castor oil that was also done just before due date (I think it is used in India also?)

Also running up and down stairs (if bulk will allow you) You know they say you shouldn't overdo it when pg or the baby will come early - well I did, moved furniture, painted, climbed ladders and the baby didn't come until the day (due date) I sat down and relaxed (for the first time in weeks)

Maybe try everything if you can stomach it

Nimme Mon 16-May-05 21:17:03

Sorry that was very confusing - can you tell I am very articulate

Would have tried the sex route except that DH signed off on that one when the bump got too big - much to my raging hormones dissappointment...

mummygow Mon 16-May-05 21:18:59

I think I'll be alright there as unfortuntely my dh never signs off to sex..... lol

morningpaper Mon 16-May-05 21:19:43

> Sex (I know its part of Marriage)
> But every night from 36 weeks

Bloody hell! I'm definitely not getting married if THAT'S in the contract...

mummygow Mon 16-May-05 21:23:32

MP it's what my mw suggested as long as I feel comfortable etc as if I do go over my due date and need to be induced the hormone in the gel is naturally in sperm and if it hasnt started me then it will definately have softend me hopefully making delivery quicker and easier!! - I know I struggle for once a week myself - but anything for the sake of my baby!!!

busyalexsmummy Mon 16-May-05 22:07:39

Just wanted to add quickly -
it is not a good idea, the idea is that is starts off bowel movements(it gives you the shits big time), which in turn are supposed to "irratate" the womb into having contractions.

BUT remember-everything that you consume passes to the baby through the umbilical cord so the effects of the castor oil can have the same effects on your baby, you then could end up with meconium(baby poo) in your amnioctic fluid which the baby may ingest causing serious problems or even DEATH of your unborn baby, please dont risk this.

i know many people will have tried this with no ill effects but believe me i know of someone who did it and ended up killing her baby - all in her haste to get the baby out

Ellbell Mon 16-May-05 22:08:48

At my antenatal classes fresh pineapple was mentioned as a way of starting labour... and my dh had the nerve to ask where you were meant to put it . I didn't let him come back with me to the next class.

Pineapple and castor oil work in the same way ... they basically give you the sh!ts, which can start labour off if you are there or thereabouts anyway. It worked for me, with the added advantage that I cleared my system out first and so didn't poo myself in labour ! TMI? Sorry ! Anyway, I wouldn't try BOTH castor oil and pineapple or you might make yourself quite poorly.

Nimme Mon 16-May-05 22:08:49

Oh s... - sorry

Ellbell Mon 16-May-05 22:10:46

Sorry... meant to say that pineapple worked for me. I was told not to try castor oil too, although I do know of people who've tried it.

janeybops Mon 16-May-05 22:22:14

fresh pineapple did it for me - a whole one though!

aloha Mon 16-May-05 22:35:18

Why are you worried about going overdue?
Hiring a doula can reduce the cs rate by half according to some research. Getting one might really be worth it in your case (says the woman how loved her sections!).
Good luck

mummygow Tue 17-May-05 20:00:06

aloha scared of going over my due date as I did with dd and so did my sister with both her sons and she was sectioned twice (although she did not have a labour either time)

morningpaper Tue 17-May-05 20:08:11

I might try the pineapple on my due date just to avoid the indignity of giving birth to a 9lb poo like I did with dd.

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