Originally Posted by *Robin*
We tried sex and it didn't seem help me, but what really did it was red raspberry leaf tea (up to a quart a day says my OB). I drank one cup on Thursday, two on Friday and went into labor early Saturday morning.
BTW the tea is also great for toning the uterus during pregnancy.
With my last pregnancy, I drank about a quart a day of raspberry leaf, combined with chamomile and peppermint (it was summertime, and that was the only cold drink I wanted in the last trimester). The end result was not a speeded-up labor (the opposite at 105 hours, actually), and one of the issues was a super-thick amniotic sac. The MWs ended up breaking my water after 4.5 days of labor, as a last resort before the hospital, and they could barely get the amnihook to break the sac. It was so thickened they were able to hold the placenta up by the sac once she was born. I was told they think I actually had too MUCH raspberry leaf tea.
(On a side note, that's not all that stalled the labor. It also does not help start labor unless your body is ready for it in the first place. But you might want to watch how MUCH of that uterus-toning tea you take in. This time, moderation is my keyword.)
Originally Posted by MommytoTwo
Honestly I dont think anything really works unless your body is ready for it. Because I have done it ALL and none of it worked for me.
I did castor oil more than once, EPO, black and blue cohosh, Master Gland every 2 hours for three straight days, super-concentrated raspberry leaf tea, walking about 200 miles around my neighborhood... the whole nine yards. The baby wanted to come, but my body didn't want the labor. I'd have intense contractions - and then they'd slow down to 1-2 an hour. I was dilating but at an excrutiatingly slow pace.
Bottom line is, castor oil doesn't physically harm the baby (though I can't speak for the psychological harm to the mother - that stuff is VILE) and will clean your bowels out probably better than they've ever been, but if labor is not already impending, that is not going to bring it on.
Good luck to you, mama and best wishes.