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So I remember that my doctor had me start taking a combo of black cohosh and blue cohosh at the end of my first pg. (I've read that it is important to use these together, and that was also what my doc suggested last time.)<br><br>
I had a great labor and a good delivery (complication was cord around the neck--no fault of the herbs!) that time, so I think I will do this again, if the midwives I'm with this time agree.<br><br>
Anyone else?<br><br>
--willo
 

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I only took them in tincture form ( and they taste like poo!) when I was 8 cm dialated and trying to get active contractions again, that and nipple stimulation from dh did the trick.<br><br>
Im hoping to not have to go that route this time, and ds is still nursing so thats a help if I need it
 

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The blue cohosh stimulates the uterus and the black cohosh works on the cervix. Blue cohosh is a very potent herb, however, and should be used really cautiously (for ex, it lowers blood pressure and in large amounts can cause blood poisoning). I prefer to take it in homeopathic form, as I feel it's safer.<br><br>
Anne Frye recommends 3 EPO capsules/day and the following routine to encourage an efficient labor (from 36 wks on):<br><br><br>
-Cimifuga 12C, 1 pellet on Monday<br>
-Caulophyllum 12C, 1 pellet on Wednesday<br>
-Arnica 12C, 1 pellet on Friday
 

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with #1 my midwife had me do blue & black cohosh tinctures, as well as Caulophyllum and EPO, but didnt mention this until i was 41 weeks and 5 days <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: still had to break my water 36 hours later to get labor going.<br><br>
with #2 they wouldnt let me take them..too dangerous? (different practice)<br><br>
this time around i asked my mw's assistant about them, but she said they didnt like to use them...got the feeling it was because they considered them a way of inducing? ill bring up the topic again later <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I'm scared of black and blue cohosh and don't think I'd ever use them. A lot of Midwives don't use them at all. I've heard that they have been linked to a baby passing meconium and that worries me.
 

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Cohosh and Castor oil are on my list of "natural but not a good idea". I know some midwives (and doctors) swear by them, but I wouldn't want to use either if I wasn't under direct supervision...both have been known to stress the babe, and they're just not induction tools I'm comfy with.<br><br>
That said, a lot of care providers do like these if you're past dates or if there is some reason to try a more "energetic" induction method (say, before going to a PIT drip or c/s).
 

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My midwife actually wanted to do a castor oil/cohosh ''herbal induction" during my labor after about 28 hours or so. I opted to transfer to the hospital and have pitocin. It was just out of my comfort zone I guess... and I knew we could control the pitocin or even stop it if things were starting to go poorly. What scared me about those two things, is once you do them, there's no going back, KWIM?<br><br>
Off topic, sorry.<br><br>
I did use a homeopathic form of cohosh in a tincture for uterine toning for about the last 2 weeks of my pregnancy, though. It was a very mild version that wasn't even used to start labor, just to get things ready, so to speak.<br><br>
I'm with Jilian, cohosh kind of scares me. I won't be touching it this time... I've done too much reading since then and even under the supervision of a medical professional, it still has risks.<br><br>
Just my opinion... I'm sure plenty of people take it correctly with no issue. But there sure seems to be room for error on this one.
 

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My sister used a combo of the two (not sure if they were in the homeopathic form or not) with her 2nd pregnancy at the end b/c she started to show signs of preeclampsia and that did the trick with her. She has had all homebirths and was obviously under the direct care of her mw.
 
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