So I have a question. I saw someone mention somewhere that there have been some studies showing that regular RRL consumption during pregnancy resulted in a longer gestation??? How true is this, and does anyone have anything to compare to?
I've never done infusions, just strong tea. It seems to work well for me! I didn't drink much with DD1 (though she was my medicated hospital birth so I don't compare hers very often), but with DD2 I did a lot, and had a 4-5 hr labor with her and only 2 quick pushes. Same with DS, drank a lot, had a longer labor (though only 3 hours to complete, but he had a GIANT 15.5" head so the remaining 6 hours was preparation for that, I'd say LOL) but still only pushed him out in 2 really quick pushes. No tears, skid marks, or bleeding problems (and very short overall PP bleeding, too). Perfect UC's. :)
I'm only just starting drinking it this time (just because I've been taking a different approach after all my losses), but I am one who gets a lot of BH starting in my mid-1st trimester and the RRL sometimes intensifies them (especially while nursing, but unfortunately I'm not doing that this time around :( ), but they don't "do" anything for me. I suspect it's probably a reason my prodromal labor ctx's have also always been CRAZY intense, like jumping straight into transition at the first ctx. I have never gone into labor before my dates though, and never purely on my own (my babies have been very successful CO babies, except for #1 who was AROM), though I've had ridiculously high Bishop's scores for weeks before they were born.
This time I have some reasons that I'm simply kind of hoping and praying baby comes a TEENY bit before dates (won't get into that...) and so hearing the RRL and gestation thing made me wonder how true that really is... I won't give it up because I feel it had a positive impact on my last 2 births, but definitely makes me curious...