Getting ready for labor

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stercry's picture
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Getting ready for labor

What are some ways to get your body ready for labor?
Right now I'm drinking RRL tea, 2 cups a day. I however did not keep it up during the pregnancy so I'm just starting on it.
I'm also taking EPO orally, 1000mg a day.

I don't want to start labor yet, I just want my body to be ready. I never have gone into labor on my own so I want to make sure that it happens this time.

And is there anything else I can do it prevent a posterior position besides hands and knees? My last baby was born posterior and I really don't want to do that again.
Right now my little guy is not engaged and still doing head spins, so his position changes a few times a day.

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I too have not had my cervix ripen on its own and I am also doing EPO---so far just 500 mg vaginally but am going to add in another 500-1000 orally. I am doing RRL tea, but also just started that.

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"stercry" wrote:

And is there anything else I can do it prevent a posterior position besides hands and knees? My last baby was born posterior and I really don't want to do that again.
Right now my little guy is not engaged and still doing head spins, so his position changes a few times a day.

Are you familiar with the spinning babies website? The set up of the site is not the most user-friendly and some of the concepts are not explained as well as they probably could be, but there is some good information there. I suggest reading the section on using the 3 principles of spinning babies during pregnancy: http://spinningbabies.com/techniques/in-pregnancy/3-principles-in-pregnancy

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"MrsMangoBabe" wrote:

Are you familiar with the spinning babies website? The set up of the site is not the most user-friendly and some of the concepts are not explained as well as they probably could be, but there is some good information there. I suggest reading the section on using the 3 principles of spinning babies during pregnancy: http://spinningbabies.com/techniques/in-pregnancy/3-principles-in-pregnancy

Love the site, but I agree that its not the most user friendly. I used it a lot with my last baby and she was perfect LOA the last month then turned OP on my due date and did not turn during birth. So I know that I can do it and just don't wanna (insert hissy fit)
Its just one of the things that I'm worried about, this little one seems to like OP a lot.

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I've been reading about EPO...you can take up to 3000mg/day. I've also read that Borage Oil is more potent than EPO, so that might be a consideration.

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I also strongly suggest consistent kegel exercises and flat-footed squats aka deep squats in yoga. I always feel my little man snuggle tightly in whenever I do my squats.

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My Hypnobirthing teacher said that Polar Bear Position (knees and shoulders--butt in air) is the best way to turn a posterior baby during labor. Not sure if it works prior to labor, but probably doesn't hurt. She is also a doula and said she has never once seen it fail...that's the main reason I'm not worrying TOO much about posterior/anterior at this point (mine seems to mostly be transverse, actually, which is at least halfway there!) only head down vs. breech.

Totally agree about spinningbabies being not at all user friendly. I love the idea but in practice find it more frustrating than helpful.

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My mw suggest 5W to her patients at about 36 weeks (you can google the ingredients and where to buy). Also, from what I've read the Webster chiro technique suggests a lot of success in getting the baby into the right position. I'm going once or twice a week to make sure he stays where he is supposed to and every visit he keeps snuggling down more. Also, try massage as they can hit the right spots (seems to be working with me).