In the hospital waiting to be induced 🙁
That’s how long I was pregnant with The Love Nugget. It felt like forever! Even at 42 weeks I didn’t naturally go into labor. I was induced and am keeping my fingers triple crossed that we avoid that this time around.
Which is why I’ve been doing a few things on my own to hopefully get things moving naturally by my due date. Sure it would be nice to be a little early but I’m mostly just trying to avoid being overdue or induced again. I’ve read all sorts of stories out there about what helped others and last week started implementing a few things I’ve learned.
1 . Drinking red raspberry leaf tea, and eating pineapple and dates.
From what I’ve read, pineapple, especially the core, includes bromelain which is a natural enzyme that helps to soften the cervix.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea containsl fragrine, which can help tone the uterus by strengthening the ligaments and muscle fibers in the pelvis. There is more research showing that it helps to shorten the duration of labor but some women swear that drinking it helped them get labor started.
Dates are one that I hadn’t heard of until recently. I read an article on Wellness Mama about how dates can help shorten labor. Since then I’ve also read that women who ate dates during the last few weeks of pregnancy had a higher rate of spontaneous labor, a higher cervical dilation upon hospital admission and shorter labors.
So I figure, why not?
2. Evening Primrose Oil is one that I’ve been a bit weary of. I’ve read some mixed reviews about how women who took it during pregnancy actually had longer labors. However, there is a lot of research and testimonials that say it can help to ripen the cervix preparing for labor.
I’ve talked to a few women who swear by Evening Primrose oil but I’m going to discuss it with my doctor this week at my appointment before starting anything.
3. Exercise has been a constant staple throughout my pregnancy and while I’m slowing down, I’m still going! I’m now focusing more on walking, yoga, squats, and bike riding. Walking and squats in particular are two things that help the baby move down in the birth canal so I’m making sure to include those almost daily! Although I’ll admit walking isn’t ever as long as I’d like it since I tend to have to pee about 10 minutes into it!
4. Hypnobirthing and fear free child birth are two methods I’ve been reading about to help with labor. While I’m mostly focusing on them for getting me through delivery, I notice they are also helping to keep me very relaxed about the whole labor process. I’ve read a few articles about how fear can prolong labor and I definitely agree since I was VERY scared about going into labor with The Love Nugget. So this time around I’m focusing on the end result and on having a fear free childbirth. I’m hoping this will help to get things moving!
None of these methods are proven to make you go into labor. However, if they can help the process of labor along or get things started a little sooner, I’ll take it! Of course you should check with your doctor before beginning any of these natural methods.
- What natural methods did you use to get baby moving on out?
- If you’ve had a baby, did you have them naturally or medicated?