Re: Primrose Oil and Raspberry Tea???'s
I just discussed this with my midwives at my checkup yesterday. First thing, they said not to try ANYTHING until 38 weeks, although some women start trying at 37 weeks. So you've still got some time. At that point, you have a couple of options:
1 - Evening Primrose Oil: my midwife said there were no official studies, and this is just her opinion, but in her experience WAY more women than you would think (like 1 in 5) have had success with this. She said to get the gel caps and take them orally AND squirt one onto your cervix daily. Personally, I can't even reach down over my belly, let along get my hand up in my vagina with a gelcap to squirt on my cervix, but she was saying that this has been really effective for some women because of the prostaglandins in the Primrose Oil (prostaglandins are what help ripen the cervix).
2 - Black Cohosh tincture. She said three dropperfuls a day may help induce labor.
3 - Caullophyllum. I'd never heard of this, but she said you have to get it from a homeopath, and it's like a little sugar pill thing you put under your tongue.
4 - Castor Oil. She stressed NOT to to try the castor oil unless you know for SURE that your cervix is ripe (like go to your doctor or midwife and have them check it to see)- otherwise you're just in for serious stomach cramps and major diarrhea. However, if your cervix is all ready to go, then the castor oil has a good chance of bringing on contractions.
I think I may try the primrose oil come 37 weeks, especially if it's super hot outside! I was miserable this weekend in the heat...ugh...
Hope this helps!