natural ways to bring on labor?

Discussion in 'Pregnancy - Third Trimester' started by dolly5x3, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. dolly5x3

    dolly5x3 Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2013
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    I know baby will come when he wants but my doctor wants to induce me in a little over a week because of gestational diabetes. I was hoping that I would go into labor before then on my own so I won't have to be induced. They probably won't work but what are some ways you've heard help bring on labor? Or to help dilate? I'm still not dilated at all and my doctor says if she induces me I can be in labor for a while :/
  2. Bluewings

    Bluewings Blessed Twice

    Nov 17, 2012
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    Red raspberry leaf tea and evening primrose oil are for softening and making things more prime. You can also buy RLT capsules and I believe some women insert them at night in their lady bits. I haven't done this so I can't attest to it lol.

    Sex - both orgasming is helpful I hear. The semen has the right chemicals and the woman's orgasm supposedly helps the uterus contract. Doesn't have to be at the same time, but preferably during the same session. Hahah if that makes sense!

    Spicy foods. Think Indian cuisine. Curry! Chili! (I know that's not Indian LOL)

    Bounce on a yoga/exercise ball. Or on the edge of a sofa or bed.

    Get on all fours. And just stay there. Or wag your behind, clean the floors. Just stay on all fours for a bit.

    Walk walk walk walk walk. Uphill, downhill, for an hour, for 10 minutes at a time. Just walk. Sitting down keeps baby relaxed and away from the pelvis. You want him/her to try to engage and so the force of gravity when you're standing or moving helps baby to get into position.

    Squats, stair climbing. I don't know why, but it is recommended!

    Nipple stimulation. It's recommended for a few hours a day to actually reap the real benefits. It tricks the uterus into thinking you're breastfeeding by releasing oxytocin, and can cause it to contract. Some say this can cause much more painful contractions than what happens without it.

    Bouncy car rides. Same principle as being on the exercise ball, walking and squatting. You're causing the baby to attempt to engage and thus soften and ripen and dilate the cervix.

    Do NOT attempt castor oil. It is said to help but only because its basically a laxative and will cause you to have diarrhea or vomit, which both can cause the uterus to contract. It is not recommended! You may just get ill and dehydrated.

    Stay hydrated!
  3. Foxy37

    Foxy37 Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2012
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    Evening primrose is inserted not rlt capsules lol xxx
  4. Beadle

    Beadle Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
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    I have heard that home made cinnamon tea (made with sticks, not powder) can help, but I've tried that and didn't help. Also if you go the route with red raspberry leaf tea, make sure it says "leaf" I made the mistake of getting a box of just plain red raspberry tea and it won't work since it's the leaves that help rather than the flavor =/

    I haven't tried it, but I hear black licorice is supposed to help a lot too.

    Good luck in finding something that works, I've tried just about everything on the list by pp and I'm still huge and waiting for an induction by the end of this week =/

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