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Does anything actually work that people suggest or just coincidence?


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#1 curious89

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:09 AM

Hi I've heard of so many things to bring on labour, or to get things started but do any of it actually work?

I've heard

  • eating pineapples
  • raspberry leaf tea ( started drinking this but tend to forget sometimes)
  • sex
  • long walks
  • spicy foods
  • different oils in baths


etc etc, Has anyone tried these and had success? or what other things have you tried and thought worked or helped?



#2 glowlight

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:15 AM

I did all of the above minus the oils. Bloody show started after sex then again BD next day things progressed and I woke up with contractions. I drank tea and took RL tablets religiously from 36 weeks but I doubt it did anything.

#3 Natbub0610

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:22 AM

I'm positive the sex thing worked with DD1, she was born 3 weeks early.

DD2 came 1 week late, because I was feeling unwell all the time (indigestion because bubs all sat high in my belly), there was no room for sex

DD3, had 2 fresh pineapples from 2pm Monday (slightly under-ripe or on cusp or ripeness) and had sex 3 times, contractions from 6.30 Tuesday morning.

Islander women have been know to avoid pineapples in 1st trimester, they contain an enzyme that causes the uterus to contract.

Our MW had 5 of her clients birthing that Tuesday morning.
3 by lunchtime and the other 2 soon after.

You can believe or not, coincidence or not, but I think MW see enough labours everyday to know what might work and what doesn't. I'm not saying it's gospel but it worked for me.

#4 Natttmumm

Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:31 AM

A midwife with 25 yrs experience told me the o ther day that the 2 best things are eggplants to eat and get a double breast. Pump and start pumping 3 times a day .
In only 30 weeks so im not up to that stage yet but will be doing this if I go over

#5 Studybug

Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:43 AM

I've heard sex and nipple stimulation are the ones to get it started.  Something about the release of oxytocin when these things occur.  Unless of course you're not into sex and nipple tweaking then I guess they won't do much for oxytocin release and therefore staring labour... lol

#6 raone

Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:45 AM

Bubs was head down and pretty well ready to go for a couple of weeks before. I could feel him there so I would do this thing where I sat on the edge of the couch and sort of rock my pelvis. This I could feel was making him push down more. I also kept active and took extra trips up our stairs at home when I didn't have too. I could also feel him pushing down more with these things. I didn't end up going into natural labour as I ended up with pre eclampsia and was induced. But I am sure this is why I was already 2cm when they started induction biggrin.gif

#7 chookpea

Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:48 AM

I had a foot massage and DS2 was born the next day at 41 weeks.  Highly recommended, even if it doesn't work it was heaven!  biggrin.gif

#8 elle-M

Posted 07 December 2012 - 03:00 PM

Nipple stimulation. I sat on the couch and used my breast pump when I was 39 weeks with DD, and I had strong braxton hicks straight away that lasted all afternoon. I did this for a few days and I'm sure that's why I was already 4cm when I got induced (by ARM).

Once my waters were broken my OB (with 30 years experience) made me do what the midwife called nipple rolling - not just randomly but doing it consistently for 5 full minutes, then 5 mins off, 5 on, 5 off... etc. FUll blown contractions started one hour later and DD was born in an hour and 20 mins  biggrin.gif

It's documented science that nipple stimulation causes the uterus to contract (like it does when you're breastfeeding to help the uterus get back to its original size), but you may just be lucky if it starts full blown labour.

I think lots of things will "work" if your body is ready anyway. Can't hurt to try!!

#9 Honey Pot

Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:28 AM

Well in the last week and a half I've tried:
- Stretch and sweep (twice)
- sex (most days)
- walking at least 5km each day
- mowing the lawn
- acupuncture
- acupressure
- reflexology
- bounce / rocking on a fitball (approximately 1 hour per day)
- nipple stimulation
- hot curries
- fenugreek capsules
- pineapple

I've had a soft and ripe cervix and been 2cm dilated for at least 2 weeks and bubs is 3/5 engaged. For 3 weeks my midwives and obs have been telling me I'm bound to have a baby any day now. I'm still waiting...




#10 pinkcupcakes

Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:46 AM

with both of mine we did the sex+long walk thing...certainly seemed to help things along! happy.gif for me personally i think the rl tea did help, i noticed a difference because of not having drank it with first pg. also took evening primrose oil in the last tri ( think it was 36 weeks)as well as erm.. applied it to nether regions... i think it helped internally but as for the external application.. well i still ended up with 4th degree tearing so not sure what effect it had overall.also did the pineapple thing ind 2nd prg n i think it had an effect.
like a pp said, i also think if your body is ready things will happen, but what's wrong with giving it a helping hand! wink.gif all the best!

#11 Baytowne

Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:51 AM

My midwife nurse stripped the membrane and I started labor the next day.

#12 mini mac

Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:58 AM

I believe all of these theories are bollocks I'm sorry to say... I have friends that have religiously done most or all of those things and gone over. And people that have done none and baby has come early.

For me personally:
DS1 was a week early after curry, walking the dog, gardening and sex.
DS2 was four weeks early for no apparent reason. Apart from chasing a 17 month old toddler around. original.gif

I say enjoy this time while you can (feeling whalelike and all) because your life is about to change forever, whether its first baby or sixth... Baby will arrive when ready and baked!

Good luck and take care.

#13 Nut

Posted 08 December 2012 - 09:55 AM

Nothing will work unless your body is already getting ready. You can maybe speed things up a little and help things along, but if having sex was going to bring on labour you'd not be allowed to do it while pregnant.

I read a study that said if you're going to use sex to bring on labour you'd need to do it something like 30 times in one day and your partner would have to ejaculate each time.

Pineapple is a myth.

Nipple stimulation is said to help (again when things are already ready) but you have to do it regularly (like every 20 minutes).

Long walks are great for helping the body prepare. Spicy food, no.

Castor oil is still recommended in Europe. I used it with both of my babies (not enough to give me severe cramps but enough to clean out my bowel a bit). Both times I used it once with no result but the second time (a few days later) I used it I went into labour within a few hours. Both of my babies were born on their due date and I was obviously ready for that kickstart to work. May have been coincidence of course as you just can't really know.

So it is my belief that there is nothing you can do to bring on labour, only things that can help it start and maybe make it more efficient.



#14 emelsy

Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:59 PM

I 'felt' ready for what felt like ages (maybe just the way everyone feels at the end!' But I had this super weird feeling baby didn't know where to go. I bullied DP into luvvin and my waters broke straight away. DS was born on his due date!

#15 nen-c

Posted 08 December 2012 - 01:11 PM

I suspect they come when the are ready; I tried S&s, sex, curries, long walks on uneven deep sand, bouncing on the trampoline, nipple stimulation, acupuncture/moxibustion. This was after 4 weeks of painful braxton hicks and prelabour and thinking she would come any day (I got to 40+10 before induction)!!! It totally did my head in, esp as I went into labour with my 1st on my due date The only thing that worked was cervical gel at the hospital - only took 90 minutes after that!!!! If I had my time again I would have just relaxed and not fretted about it so much!!!

#16 ms flib

Posted 08 December 2012 - 01:19 PM

It's funny that we all try so hard TTC but want to evict the baby ASAP as soon as we reach 40 weeks if not earlier.....



#17 dreamingofcats

Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:46 PM

I started taking raspberry leaf tablets on Thurs morning and my plug has started comming away since Thurs afternoon. No idea if its a coincidence and labour hasnt actually started but ill take it anyways original.gif

#18 ~squiggle~

Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:58 PM

Raspberry leaf doesn't induce labour, the theory is that it "tones" your uterus to make contractions more effective.
I agree with what a PP said, nothing will work unless your body is already ready.

#19 zrello

Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:49 AM

I didn't eat anything differently, but rocked on the fitball for ages on the days she came, & had sex a few times in the days before & walking when I could be bothered.
I personally believe she came two weeks early to spite my DH, who I'd been telling to get batteries for the camera for weeks before, & I gave him one last reminder (before I hauled my pregnant self out to get them). Of course he forgot, & I told him ( jokingly) that she'll come now & you won't be ready, sure enough, my waters broke a few hours later.

#20 living_bravely

Posted 09 December 2012 - 11:10 AM

I think someone has already said this, but I don't think anything works unless bub is ready to come.  For me, Acupuncture worked.  I took Raspberry leaf tea in my third tri, but i was told it doesn't enduce labor but tones the uterus ready for labor.   wink.gif Good luck!

#21 R2B2

Posted 09 December 2012 - 11:13 AM

No! and if I ever have to smell clary sage oil ever again it will send me over the edge Tounge1.gif




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