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Old May 24th, 2017, 19:18 PM   1
DobbyForever
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What to start doing and why


I've heard things here and there but don't have any clue what I should be doing and why. Like oils and massaging my lady bits or teas it birthing balls... enlighten me please



 
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Old May 24th, 2017, 19:53 PM   2
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Old May 28th, 2017, 12:09 PM   3
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Sorry you got no reply dobby!
Many women believe in red raspberry leaf tea and I personally drink it from 32 weeks as I figure what's the harm? There is no solid research I've found but a lot of anecdotal evidence that it helps make labour smoother and quicker over all and reduces the risk of bleeding as it tones the uterus.

One thing that does have research behind it is doing perineal massage from 35 weeks to reduce the likelihood/severity of tearing during birth. The NHS are recommending it in a lot of trusts now so might be worth a look into for you. I'll be doing it and have chosen to use vitamin E oil after a recommendation but I don't think it really matters what type of oil you go for.

Your birth ball can help you ease soreness in your back and hips and help baby get into a good position because reclining on the sofa encourages baby to end up back to back but the birth ball helps baby rotate forwards. You need your hips to be slightly higher than your knees so get a big enough ball for your height.

Spinningbabies.com also has a huge amount of success stories and I know lots of midwives who are training in it now, you can do it yourself from now to help with comfort and position so labour can get off to a good start, you can also use it in labour, have a read.

The others I have a lot less faith in and they seem to have a lot less reliability. For example things like caster oil I personally will avoid, I'm not trying to trigger my labour early, just give it the best chance when it does start up



 
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Old May 28th, 2017, 12:12 PM   4
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I start the raspberry leaf tea from about 32 weeks and then 1 evening primrose oil capsule from 34 and increase to 2 from about 37 weeks!

I actually enjoy the tea it's one of the only fruit teas I like to drink so if it helps in labour it's a bonus! Iv had 3 fast labours so will see if this is the same x



 
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Old May 28th, 2017, 12:17 PM   5
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Well I originally posted it as something else then answered my question and figured instead of making a new thread I would just edit this one, so I can see how it slipped through the cracks

Do you take the primrose capsules in addition to perineal massage?



 
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Old May 28th, 2017, 12:19 PM   6
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Well I originally posted it as something else then answered my question and figured instead of making a new thread I would just edit this one, so I can see how it slipped through the cracks

Do you take the primrose capsules in addition to perineal massage?
To be honest I never done the massage! I take one orally at first then one orally and one vaginally from 36/37 weeks!



 
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Old May 28th, 2017, 12:21 PM   7
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Oooo Kk. I'm just so terrified of tearing. My cousin tore herself a new vagina (ok I'm exaggerating but it was bad, she hurt for a whole year after )



 
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Old May 28th, 2017, 12:29 PM   8
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Oh wow! I think it can't do no harm if you do it can it? X



 
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Old May 28th, 2017, 13:10 PM   9
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I start the raspberry leaf tea from about 32 weeks and then 1 evening primrose oil capsule from 34 and increase to 2 from about 37 weeks!

I actually enjoy the tea it's one of the only fruit teas I like to drink so if it helps in labour it's a bonus! Iv had 3 fast labours so will see if this is the same x
I do this exactly, but I switch from 1 EPO orally to 2 vaginally when I hit 37 weeks. I don't have fast labors, but I deliver seconds after being measured at 7 cms dilated every time, so I think I skip the hard part.

Edited to add: I've never done the "massage." I do try to have a lot of sex in those last couple of weeks, mostly hoping to encourage labor, but also to help keep my vagina stretched out a bit. haha. I've only had a small tear once and needed a few stitches, but it was because my baby came out sucking his darned thumb (still can't get that thumb out of his mouth at almost 4 years old lol), and it wasn't bad. My 9lb2ozer didn't leave so much as a scratch on me. This time, I'm gonna try to eat some dates every day, too. It's supposed to help people go into labor "on time" and not late (and also lowers risk of c-section). Each of my babies have been born later and later, so although I don't like dates, I'm gonna try it!



 
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Old May 28th, 2017, 13:24 PM   10
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I'm going to pretty much echo mumma. I have already started on my ball, I will be starting some spinning babies exercises this week. I'll also be starting my raspberry leaf tea this week, one cup a day increasing to two cups at 35/36 weeks. RLT is supposed to help tone uterine muscle to aid during the pushing stage.
From around 34w I'll start evening primrose oil orally, also using it for perineal massage from 36wks. EPO helps with cervix dilation during labour. I used it in my first pregnancy and went from 0-10cm in 45 minutes so I think I may just stick to massage rather than using it internally this time.

Caster oil is the main one I won't touch, as it really can be so dangerous.

Once I hit my due date, I'll no doubt be eating lots of curries and having sex to try and encourage eviction



 
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