Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Day 1297 - How to induce labour

What tips and tricks have you got to bring on the baby?

Castor Oil - often used to induce labour
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This blog post is being written as we pack up our things and get ready to leave the Gladstone area.  Alas we say farewell to a very pregnant Chelsea and the grand-bump without yet having met the grand-bub.  I put out a plea on my personal Facebook page a few days ago for some tips and tricks to bring on labour in the hope that magic would happen and Chels would give birth before we left.  It wasn't meant to be.




To be honest Chelsea actually isn't due until tomorrow. It's not like the baby is well and truly cooked yet and we're looking for remedies to help with an overdue bub.  We were just being selfish and hoped the baby would grace us with its presence a little early to fit in with our school holiday travel.

Some of the suggestions for bringing on labour were:

  • Driving on a rough road
  • A spoon full of castor oil
  • Eating chilli 
  • Positive thinking
  • Raspberry leaf tea
  • Massage
  • Chilli dogs (American)
  • Salt
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Sex
  • Garlic pizza
  • Red wine
  • Walk up a mountain
  • Walk for miles
  • Laugh in hysterics
  • Nipple stimulation
I presented Chelsea with all of these options but she wasn't overly keen on any of them.  The food options made her retch and the overly vigorous ones made her feel feint in the tropical heat of Gladstone.  So we didn't get to try them out to see which ones might actually work.

As we load up the car with everything but the kitchen sink to start our long trip home, I wonder what other home-made-remedies might be out there for encouraging baby to enter the world.  

Was there something that worked for you? 

What tips and tricks do you have to bring on baby?

Both my kids were overdue by a week and I tried chilli and castor oil. That stimulated the bowel which may or may not have tricked the body into believing it was time to "perform".  I don't recall the exact time frames in which the eating happened and then labour started, but I do recall they were fairly closely aligned. Coincidence or proven method?  Absolutely no idea ....


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14 comments :

  1. I was 3 days overdue with Miss 16 & took some castor oil - a couple of tablespoons I think - at 11am. Was on the toilet from midday to 1pm, when I fell into an exhausted sleep, crying because it all hurt too much and still no baby.

    Woke up at 3.30pm with my first niggle - got to hospital at 6 had bub at 6.47pm!

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  2. Walking definitely moved my last baby along after the waters had broken but nothing much else was happening.

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  3. I didn't do anything to bring any of mine on... oh except the failed induction at the hospital for health reason for both of us - 3 weeks over her due date.

    My thinking has always been "they'll come when they're ready".

    And it's never a 'convenient' time for Grandma's! lol

    Happy iBOT!

    MC x
    #TeamIBOT

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  4. I tried everything for No.2, curry, walks, mowing lawns, that weird tea, and I still had to be induced 10 days over! Can't wait for the news! Em

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  5. I had an incredibly stressful day the day I went into labour - i attributed it to that. Not exactly the most wonderful way to induce labour though. I was 2 weeks early. Eating hot and spicy food I have been told works for some too!

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  6. I credit acupuncture and sitting on the fit ball every day for two weeks, definitely helps to get bub in the right position and that all important pressure on the cervix!

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  7. I tried eating curry and having sex... well, that had worked for getting the bub in there! But it didn't really help to get him out!

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  8. The raspberry leaf tea gave me contractions, but I have an irritbale uterus that will contract with everything, even if that doesn't bring on the but.
    In all honesty, I don't think anything really works. I think they come when they are ready to. Sorry

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  9. The only one that inadvertently worked for me was a very hot vegetable curry my eldest made for me... I had to go and lie down as I wasn't feeling well and woke up in labour. Fun... not. :)
    Wave as you go past! And all the best to Chelsea! x

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  10. No advice here - mine were both early and both planned ;)
    It is a little sad that you don't get to met the little one - maybe it will happen at the last minute of your trip?

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  11. I couldn't get anything to work, apart from getting induced at the hospital 11 days overdue!! I should have tried acupuncture though, I heard it does wonders!!
    x Karen

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  12. I was overdue with baby number 3 (1 and 2 were late and had to induced) and was complaining to my local shopkeeper about it. He grabbed his wife and said "back in in China, my wife was a baby and lady dr - she'll help you". His wife came over and said "I will show you the pressure point but you have to promise to only ever use it if you are within 10 days of the due date, otherwise it can make you miscarry" I told her my due date and she pressed a point on my left palm, quite hard, for 20 seconds. She told me to do it every half hour and I would be in labour within 24 hours. I went back home, did it about 5 more times and went into labour. Don't know if it did the trick but I did the same thing with baby 4 and 5 and went into labour within a few hours.

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  13. I was overdue with baby number 3 (1 and 2 were late and had to induced) and was complaining to my local shopkeeper about it. He grabbed his wife and said "back in in China, my wife was a baby and lady dr - she'll help you". His wife came over and said "I will show you the pressure point but you have to promise to only ever use it if you are within 10 days of the due date, otherwise it can make you miscarry" I told her my due date and she pressed a point on my left palm, quite hard, for 20 seconds. She told me to do it every half hour and I would be in labour within 24 hours. I went back home, did it about 5 more times and went into labour. Don't know if it did the trick but I did the same thing with baby 4 and 5 and went into labour within a few hours.

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  14. Wow! Loved hearing all your stories and suggestions. It's all really interesting. I will pass them onto Chelsea! Alas we will not see the baby now for some time. I guess we will need to rely on photos and Skype. Bummer, bummer, bummer

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