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Old 04-13-2003, 09:04 AM   #1
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Exclamation Old Wives Tales to start Labor....

Ladies, I tried them all with my daughter, And only one worked, so only tr with doc's permission.
Here's how they worked for me.
Castor Oil--- Wow, didn't even touch me.
Mineral Oil-- Same effect
Blue cohosh And Black Cohosh, brought on a few contractions, but nothing strong enough to help me dialate, they did however deplete my checking account.
Rasberry tea(the real stuff, not nestea)--Actually helped me dilate(sp?), but that could be (according to the doc) that it helped me sleep, or I just drank it at the same time my body decided to go ahead and start.
Bumpy Road--- I was searching for a bathroom.
Anyone else have any stories to share???

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Old 04-13-2003, 02:46 PM   #2
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lots and lots of sex!!!
it's recommended by a lot of midwives.
there's a small amount of the same hormone they use to induce labour, in semen.
(of course never do "it" if your waters are already broken).
it worked for me, (8 days before my due date).
the best things about trying this are;
it's free.
if it doesn't work, just keep at it!

Old 04-13-2003, 02:50 PM   #3
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I heard that sex or getting a hand or foot massage causes the uterus to contract.

Old 04-13-2003, 03:15 PM   #4
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I've heard about sex and massaging the nipples vigorously will bring on labor....we'll have to try these and get back to you in July. Also, lots of walking and scrubbing floors too.

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Old 04-13-2003, 03:57 PM   #5
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With my last baby I tried walking and many other things that did not work
we had sex right before we went to sleep and I woke up at 8 am to a big gush my water broke.

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Old 04-14-2003, 03:58 AM   #6
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I heard that running the sweeper could make you go into labor. Something about the noise the sweeper makes, makes the baby curious and the want to go toward the noise. I actually tried this with my son, and I don't know if it worked or if it was just a coinsidence. But, I went into labor 2 hrs after running the sweeper.

Although, I was so misreable I didn't feel like sweeping my whole floor. I just stood in one spot and moved the sweeper back and forth. I had on REALLY clean spot on my carpet.

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Old 04-14-2003, 08:06 AM   #7
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I think the sweeper is connected to the strong nesting instinct you get before you deliver.

I read about the breast massage bringing on labor and we started doing this around ll:30 p.m. on the night before the day I was due and sure enough, at the stroke of l2 my water broke and I went into instant hard labor.

Old 04-16-2003, 11:17 PM   #8
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yes, i had heard the sex one, but my hubby was deployed at the time, so I couldn't try that one...even a midwife recommended it. the sweeper however is a new one, i'll keep it in mind, and let yiou all know in june.

Old 04-17-2003, 01:00 AM   #9
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i must've done something child was born eight weeks early,.......not sure if it was because i was working (and standing) six days a week or all the sex i was having....
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Old 04-17-2003, 05:22 AM   #10
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My massage therapist, also a great friend, told me that there are foot massages that can start labor and help it along. She won't show me though till I'm actually IN labor. *sigh* She did say she would teach them to DH though so he could do them when we leave the house and go to the birthing center...

I have heard that you shouldn't get a foot massage after your second trimester. So there may be something to it. :}

Old 04-17-2003, 12:29 PM   #11
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Okay, Chris: I have to admit, it sounds like you are trying to get your wife to have sex with you AND clean the house!!! LOL. thanks, you gave me a chuckle.

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Old 04-17-2003, 07:08 PM   #12
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You've got me Karcia ! and I heard all of these things are true too. Our house is a mess but I don't mind as long as I can find my own pile, hehe.
expecting my 3rd

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