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    Default Natural ways to bring on labour

    I'm interested to learn more about ways to bring on labour naturally.
    What worked for you, what have you hear about, What don't you recommend etc

    I'm working towards a vbac so I have to go into labour naturally as they highly advise against chemical inductions due to increased risk of uterine rupture. If I don't start labour before 42 weeks they will do a Csection. Which isn't what I would like at all.

    I have already heard good things about acupuncture and raspberry leaf tea as well as long walks but not much else.

    Thanks for your replies.
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    Eating fresh pineapple (but you have to eat a lot). I started eating it every day at around 37 weeks and had DS at 38.5 (probably coincidence but if you like pineapple it can't hurt).

    Ask for a stretch and sweep. I haven't had one but I'll be asking for one if I get to 40 weeks this time. I'm worried about having a big baby (DS was over 8lb at 38.5 so I don't want to get to 42 weeks!)

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    I had a streatch and sweep with my first at 39 weeks and went into labour 5 days later but with my third the first streatch and sweep wasn't uncomfortable so was obviously done wrong or not deep enough but the second sweep at 40+5 and labour started as I was leaving the hospital then my princess was born early next morning. I think it's the only thing that really helps everything else is coincidence or old wives tales. It is a little painful and uncomfortable but well worth it. They were threatening induction so I was so glad it works that well.

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    Stretch and Sweep (failed due to high closed cervix)
    acupuncture
    clary sage oil
    evening primrose oil
    nipple stimulation
    s.e.x

    I did all this from 37wks, DS2 was 9days overdue.

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    I was exactly like pp.

    Stretch and sweep - 2 attempts failed due to high closed cervix
    Acupressure
    Clarry sage oil and jasmine oil massaged in tummy 3x day
    Evening primrose oil taken orally as well as pessary.
    Bouncing on fit ball for hours
    Jumping up and down
    Acupuncture.

    Had baby day before scheduled induction

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    I did a lot of the old wives tales, DTD, hot curry, long walks. DS was born at 38+3, but he was definitely ready! I may have hurried things along but probably not by much.

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    I forgot to add that I used my breast pump for 1/2 hr each boob a few times a day.

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    Apparently breast pumps help to trigger contraction

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    Yep, pumping got my contractions started, but not until 40+2 and I'd been doing it for days before that, so while these things can help they won't bring on labour before you're ready.

    My tips are LOTS of sex, orgasm if possible (the sperm softens the cervix, orgasm contracts the uterus and can bring on labour), Evening primrose oil capsules (works the same way as sperm), clary sage oil (some people put it in a carrier oil and massage it, or put it in a burner, I just put it on a hanky and smell it). Also bouncing on the trampoline, swinging on a swing and lots of walking around help All these things will help get things going but won't start anything that's not ready to happen Good luck!!

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    At 38 week appt my midwife told me start taking long walks up hill if i could, try hot curries, dtd, etc. I think she was just trying to give me something to keep me occupied.
    So that night dh and i went my favourite indian take away place, dtd and went for a walk. DS was born the next day! I hadnt taken the advice seriously, so we didnt even have the car seat in yet! Oops!


 

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