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I know some of these are wives tales, but figured "What the heck" want to add to the list

Red rasberry leaf tea

DTD

exercise

eggplant parmasan
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EPO.

Nothing else that I can think of is really natural but last time I was pregnant I tried Castor Oil (yuck and didn't even work!) and having my membranes stripped (didn't work).

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With my last I tried nipple stimulation. I only did it a couple of times because I was desperate and I didn't think it was going to work but it did!! But I don't think it works unless your body is ready to go into labor. If you get desperate you can try that. I've heard that it can cause serious labor right away though. It didn't for me, but I guess it can.

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SEX

sex

and more....



SEX


although when you're measuring 42 cm it can become tricky finding a position in which you and your SO fit


okay walking too

and squatting

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oh DUH. Nipple stim! Totally forgot that.

My experience with dd, 2.5 years ago: After my water broke and nothing happened for 8h, I got on the Medela PIS (a hardcore pump) and was in hard active labor in about 10 min! : In retrospect, I wish I'd just tried a little manual nipple stim before jumping on the pump. OUCH.

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I'm probably the only person on MDC who doesn't know this.... but what do you do with the EPO? Suppository? Orally? How is it supposed to work?
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Apparently orally is better. It's just a natural prostaglandin, should help to soften up your cervix -- I've read that it's easier absorbed through the gut than through the vagina, which is why orally is better.

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Clary Sage oil

accupressure points

none of which is working for me. (Of course, I've been doing the walking, sex, EPO, Red Raspberry, some nipple stim.... I really don't want to get out the pump!)
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This list is depressing...I've been doing all this stuff for weeks(except the castor oil) and barely have had a cramp to show for it!

Last night we went for Thai and ate some really spicy stuff...my whole family has the runs today except me...I think my uterus is made of steel

I actually went out and bought castor oil today even though I am scared to take it. I'm hoping the threat of it will scare my body into labour.
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I would NOT recommend castor oil.

It gave me terrible diarrhea and ctx that stopped after a couple hours.

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Let's see...
stuffed my face with fresh pineapple
DTD every morning and night
walked the doggies as fast as my cankles could carry me
gotten my pressure points pressed
meditation, visualization
had super hot jalepenos on my burrito today
cried my eyes out
2 glasses of red wine
I decided that I'm not going to try any methods that aren't enjoyable. Tomorrow I'll try eggplant parmagiana yumm scrumm

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Eggplant parmesan is only supposed to work because of the basil and oregano. Foods rich in these spices are supposed to be labor inducers. I've heard the smelling basil and oregano essential oil helps as well.
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I'm probably the only person on MDC who doesn't know this.... but what do you do with the EPO? Suppository? Orally? How is it supposed to work?
ummm what is epo?
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I did 3 seperate doses of castor oil last time, nothing.
we DTD 3 times a day. no luck.
pumped. didn't work
EPO for days and days
Went for acupuncture. In labor within hours, baby next day.
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When we were "overdue" with dd1, we were told:

Spicy Indian Food

Lots of walking

Lots of sex

Rides down bumpy roads

Slippery shellfish - clams, conch, etc. (seriously. I am not making this up)

We tried it all. None of it worked. Dd appeared when she was good and ready. Says something about her personality, too. :

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Eggplant parmesan is only supposed to work because of the basil and oregano. Foods rich in these spices are supposed to be labor inducers. I've heard the smelling basil and oregano essential oil helps as well.
I've heard that eggplant itself is supposed to have an effect on the uterus. So maybe try some other eggplant foods too. I know that with DD1 Baba Ganeusch (ok, I slaughtered that) gave me cramping early on.
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My mom told me to pretend to roll a quarter, end over end, down your belly, kind of like a belly dancer. It stimulates the uterus to contract. I was in labor w/in an hour.
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EPO = evening primrose oil (you can get it from health food store in soft-gel capsule form)

Okay, I knew that, but, srsly, I cannot figure out what DTD means for the life of me.



(Today is my official due date. I have been having stronger contractions but so FEW! Always at night, maxes out around 5 or something and then when I go to bed, they are gone. They were more frequent and consistent with my #3. I have also never gone over or past my due date before, but I can't really count my first two (I was induced). I'm not worried, but I'm definitely compiling and doing what's on this checklist!
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DTD is "do the deed" or "doing the deed" or "did the deed" or sex!
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My mom told me to pretend to roll a quarter, end over end, down your belly, kind of like a belly dancer. It stimulates the uterus to contract. I was in labor w/in an hour.
Haven't heard of that one...I'll have to give it a try. How fast did you roll it?

Is there anything negative about epo? I think I remember m/w saying castor oil was bad.
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DTD is "do the deed" or "doing the deed" or "did the deed" or sex!


I would NOT have gotten that! Awesome. I'll have to tell my hubby we need to DTD!
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Waiting, relaxed waiting. :

With DS I had eaten spicy Indian food that day (not because I wanted to start labor, I was just craving it) and my water broke that night. Then we did some nipple stimulation about 27 hours after my water broke to get the contractions going more regularly, but I was already having early labor contractions...we were just worried because there was a bit of meconium in the fluid at one point. The nipple stimulation really got things going, but then things were already going a bit. I had also been taking EPO for several weeks (orally). DS was born 2.5 hours before his "due date"; I think things just happened because it was time. Or maybe he wanted a really cool birthday; he has a really cool birthday (the date).
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Haven't heard of that one...I'll have to give it a try. How fast did you roll it?

Is there anything negative about epo? I think I remember m/w saying castor oil was bad.
Slowly.
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Waiting, relaxed waiting. :
But maybe not as relaxed as I wish I could be!

When I was anxious to have DS, I had DH rub my feet and press the acupressure points (that supposedly start labor) on my ankles. My water broke a few hours later..... BUT I didn't start having contractions for days, after trying everything, including castor oil, which was one of the WORST experiences of my life. (For me, castor oil was like having horrible food poisoning and menstrual cramps at the same time.) Labor came on hard and fast, but then petered out.... long story short I ended up having a c/s 40 hours later, not the peaceful homebirth I had planned.

So this time I am wary of doing anything that could bring on labor before the baby is really ready.

As for doing the deed.... I seriously think a man with a pregnant wife made that one up. I've never heard of it working for anyone!
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As for doing the deed.... I seriously think a man with a pregnant wife made that one up. I've never heard of it working for anyone!
I have, but I think it would have started anyway, the sex just pushed it over the edge and I think that is the case with many of these things. I think of things like EPO, Red Raspberry and sex as things that prepare the body (i.e. ripen the cervix, tone the ute...). And I am all for that preparation, much more than really trying to push anything that isn't ready.
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I so have cankles too! It hurts!

Nothing really helped me. Right now I have steady CTX if I am upset. I am not able to sit around and cry ALL day, so that is out!! Not too interested in DTD either, maybe I will try later...
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An idea came upon me this evening as I searched my cupboard for my pregnancy tea and didn't find anything but a sample of mother's milk tea, I remember earlier in the pregnancy I drank some mother's milk tea and later that evening I had quite a few braxton hicks, enough to cause me to worry being that I was around 20 weeks....
A few days later I found out that an herb in it causes uterine contractions and if pregnant not to drink it b/c of that
I am now drinking my last sample of mother's milk tea
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Pretend to roll a quarter? How do you pretend? Can we just roll an actual quarter? And is it really rolling, or flipping?

I get a fair amount of nipple stim here, nursing 1-2x per day, briefly. It always gives me a good contraction or two, but that's it. Come on, baby, the weather is gorgeous, don't you want to see it?
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But maybe not as relaxed as I wish I could be!

As for doing the deed.... I seriously think a man with a pregnant wife made that one up. I've never heard of it working for anyone!
It worked for me and LOTS of people I know... it's much more difficult this time, since I'm much bigger, but I'm still trying. DH and I were in the middle of DTD last pregnancy when I had to stop because the pain of the contractions... turns out my more waters broke and within a few hours I was holding my DD.

hmmm I'd never heard of mother's milk tea... off to brew a pot of water!

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I wish I could learn patience - it seems to be a quality that God forgot to give me...

I tried uping my usual dose of homeopathic caulophyllum last night - no labor and I forgot it is a stimulant like nicotine - I was sweating like a pig all night and had the a/c turned down like a meat locker!!

It's weird, even the prodrominal labor seems to have left me now. I guess that's a good thing... I have noticed I'm effacing alot - I might be close to completely effaced when I start labor - I reckon that's good...
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