Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Share your natural induction methods!

Ok, I'm at that point of the pregnancy where I'm as big as I can get.  I'm not sleeping well.  I'm not eating well.  I'm not breathing well.  I'm ready to have this baby!  I've shared with you before that I've previously been induced at 38 weeks.  Actually, Twinkle Toes was really induced at 37 weeks since they moved her due date up a week according to her big size and then induced me at 38 weeks (she was still over 8 lbs).  I cook babies fast, I just don't know how to go into labor on my own.  When I went to the doctor on Monday she said I was 50% effaced and dilated to a 3.  I'm hoping this time I can go into labor on my own, outside of the hospital.

Do you have any hints for me?  What is it you all know that I don't?  I know I'm not going to try anything radical like castor oil.  I can't even swallow Nyquil, so I'm not even going there.  Have any of you tried any less extreme methods with success?  I don't want to force this baby out before he's ready, but maybe just give him a little nudge.  What are your thoughts?


  1. Oh Celee, I am right there with you... We are due around the same time and I just can't take it anymore. I don't know how I can go another 3 weeks. I just keep praying that God shows me mercy and that I go early. I have contractions every 30 minutes but not enough to kick start labor. Good for you being 3 cm... you should be going very soon!!! I have no secrets to share though just recommend praying ALOT!!! Keep us posted!!

  2. I am right there with you too..well I will be 37 weeks this weekend and over it but I know God has the birthday picked out already and I am trying to be patient. I have heard that the raspberry uterus strengthening tea at the end of labor will stimulate you to go into labor, or good ol fashion lots of walking and lots of sex. :) There is a restaurant in my city where they are famous for their eggplant Parmesan that makes women go into labor after they eat it 24-48 hours.

  3. That's funny about the eggplant parmesan. I've read maybe it's the oregano and basil. Maybe I should try that!


  4. Have your doctor strip your membranes. I did that with my first and went into labor that night.

  5. Get a pedicure with a really really good hard foot massage. Also, sit on one of those exercise/ab balls and bounce. Oh...and lots of walking.

  6. honestly, nothing will work until babe is ready. however, there are things you can do to help your body get ready. lots of sex. yup i said it. and the important thing is your...uh...happiness as well as his. i know how hard that is (pardon that awful pun), but it does help. also, i agree with the ab ball..sit on it and rock in a figure 8 helps loosen all the stuff that needs to move to bring baby out. :)

  7. I can't help you at all. I am Full Term Tilly and even if I go into labor on my own, it is slow and needs assistance to be productive. Five out of my six labors were induced or helped along. And my labors are long, drawn out affairs. My kids just don't want to be born! I will be praying that you go into labor on your own and have a healthy baby in your arms soon!

  8. I have been in your place seven times...I know how those last days are with desiring for things to just get going. I actually did a post (candid for me) last year six days before our seventh child was born...maybe you will find some encouragement in reading it.

    My advice is not the answer you may be looking quick fixes...the Lord has ordained the day your blessing will enter this world taking that first breath of air...REST, PRAY and wait on His perfect timing. Enjoy these last days with your children as you excitedly await the special birth to come.

    Prayers and peace ~

  9. You don't know how happy it makes me to read your post and the comments and know I was not the only one who's babies did not want to come out on their own!! My first 4 were induced.

    I was so determined to have my 3rd baby naturally but I went 3 weeks overdue (don't stop to imagine how awful that is) despite trying all the natural 'remedies' like walking, bouncing, drinking raspberry tea, drinking cumin tea, eating eggplant, sex etc....

    Ask your OB for a stretch and sweep. With my 6th baby it worked within 48 hours.

    I did use castor oil with my 5th and it worked within 4 hours (and without all the horror stories you often hear associated with that method) but tasted really really bad.

  10. I agree with Seasons...wait on the Lord. Like Mum-me, I also went three weeks over with my first one, and she did actually come out! Sometimes, no matter how accurate our calendars are, a "due date" means nothing to baby, or to God. My midwife told me that the three-week baby was defninitely not late, so I try not to pay strict attention to due dates.

    I've waited for labor to occur naturally with all of mine except the 3rd. I used castor oil, and it worked, but it was the longest, hardest labor I had of all 4. Waiting it out gives a much better chance of labor happening the way it should.

    The last few weeks are always uncomfortable, no getting around that! I know (and dread) that time, myself, but it will pass before you know it!

  11. Try being intimate with your husband :). They make natural prostaglandins!



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