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get labor started? Heidi Vance 1 child; Wray, Colorado 76 posts
28th Feb '13

my friend is almost 42 weeks pregnant and im 39 weeks but she is going to be induced on monday and was wanting me to ask if there was anyway to get labor going naturally. She really doesnt want to be induced. I could only think of having sex, and castol oil and spicy foods. Any ideas??

Squeaky McGee [12 wks] Due May 7; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65310 posts
status 28th Feb '13

It's castor oil, and NO to castor oil. It shouldn't be done without the recommendation and supervision of a physician. Walking and sex are her best bets, but nothing will work if her body isn't ready.

misanthrope 2 kids; Ramona, California 15431 posts
28th Feb '13

I walked until contractions got regular then bounced and rocked on a yoga ball until they were close together. I was already at 3cm and having irregular contractions at the time though.

1inpink2inblue Switzerland 11961 posts
28th Feb '13

Walking. Walk walk walk. castor oil is not a good idea trust me.

user banned 2 kids; Silly, Belgium 6539 posts
28th Feb '13

I've heard driving on a bumpy road. Walking, obviously. I think there are some teas you can drink to try and induce as well.

Jennasmommy:) 1 child; Selma, North Carolina 635 posts
28th Feb '13

Walking is the main. Others that I have heard are sex, eating pineapple, spicy foods, nipple stimulation, foot massages. Look it up. But Castor oil is a big NO.

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
28th Feb '13
Quoting Pusherman:" I've heard driving on a bumpy road. Walking, obviously. I think there are some teas you can drink to try and induce as well. "


If you're talking about Red Raspberry Leaf tea; it's not meant to induce, and won't work either. RRL tea tones the muscles of your uterus, making your contractions (once they start) more productive. Or at least, that's what it's supposed to do.

J WOWW Due October 30; 34 kids; New York, New York 3836 posts
28th Feb '13

Most Dr won't let you go past 42 weeks bc of danger of detached placenta and the baby becoming too large, but sex and nipple stimulation help.

user banned Due September 18 (boy); 1 child; California 21617 posts
28th Feb '13

Stairs! Seriously. Tell her to walk up and down stairs for a few hours. I know it sounds terrible but I walked stairs at the hospital while in labor and it helped me progress.

user banned 2 kids; Silly, Belgium 6539 posts
28th Feb '13
Quoting MommyToWesley:" If you're talking about Red Raspberry Leaf tea; it's not meant to induce, and won't work either. RRL ... [snip!] ... of your uterus, making your contractions (once they start) more productive. Or at least, that's what it's supposed to do."


No I was thinking of the cohosh tea. Black I think? idk.

Squeaky McGee [12 wks] Due May 7; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65310 posts
status 28th Feb '13
Quoting Pusherman:" No I was thinking of the cohosh tea. Black I think? idk."


I don't think that's safe...

user banned 2 kids; Silly, Belgium 6539 posts
28th Feb '13
Quoting Squeaky McGee [18 wks]:" I don't think that's safe..."


I have absolutely no idea. It's just something I heard somewhere. Obviously it would need to be looked into by anyone considering it.

user banned 2 kids; Silly, Belgium 6539 posts
28th Feb '13
Quoting Pusherman:" I have absolutely no idea. It's just something I heard somewhere. Obviously it would need to be looked into by anyone considering it."


Yeah ignore the tea thing. I googled it and it's 'blue cohosh' tea that some women use to try and induce labor but I guess it can cause organ failure in babies? So yeah. Not good.

TrixieGirl Due July 4; 1 child; Maryland 1175 posts
28th Feb '13

I have several friends that SWEAR by getting on their hands and knees and scrubbing the bathroom floor until it sparkles....they went into labor the next day. Personally, I would not eat or drink anything unusual to make myself go into labor. The idea worries me. Walking. sex, more walking....def stay away from that castor oil.

Clk 2 kids; Dexter, Michigan 11973 posts
28th Feb '13
Quoting Pusherman:" Yeah ignore the tea thing. I googled it and it's 'blue cohosh' tea that some women use to try and induce labor but I guess it can cause organ failure in babies? So yeah. Not good."


Yeah black is used for miscarriages, and blue can be dangerous too.