liqiud calcium for labor pain?

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liqiud calcium for labor pain?

this weekend at work a met a really nice woman who is pregnant with her 10th baby. her family is part of some branch of the Mennonite community. All her babies are home births with a midwife. She said that after she had her 5th baby her new midwife suggested using liquid calcium for pain relief during labor. She said its been an absolute Godsend. i have absolutely never heard of such a thing. She said it gives a tremendous amount of pain relief.

I didn't know this, but apparently the after pains become worse with each baby. perhaps this is only relevant when you have 10 kids lol, but she said her after pains rival the pain of labor at this point. she takes the liquid calcium to get her through transition, labor, and the after pains.

i spent some time googling it and found some anecdotal stories saying that it works great for everything from labor to wisdom teeth!! has anyone ever heard of, or used this?

the idea makes me a little nervous, liquid calcium reaks havoc on the stomach, plus its something you definitely DONT want to over dose on, yet im intrigued at the same time!

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Hmmm, I have heard of liquid calcium helping with braxton hicks contractions, but I assumed it was due to restoring low calcium levels. I'll have to check that out.

And I do wonder about the risk of overdosing. Did she say how much she takes?

After pains do get worse with each baby. Many women notice a huge difference even with their second. It gets hard to keep that uterus clamped down the more it has been used.

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I would be VERY wary. You can't know what dose you could safely take without having your calcium levels properly monitored. Chances are the stuff isn't properly absorbed, but if it is, you can send yourself into cardiac arrest. I would think this would be far more dangerous than more conventional pain relief. Just because something is natural, does not make it safe. I've had patients (cancer patients where the cancer has spread to the bone and released excess calcium into the blood) with high calcium levels and it's extremely serious.

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Also, the calcium and phosphorus levels in our body have an inverse relationship, so if you increase your calcium levels, your phosphorus levels will decrease, causing a host of other problems. There is somewhat of a domino effect when you mess with electrolytes and minerals.

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Interesting. I've never heard of liquid calcium reaking havoc on the stomach, when taken properly. I take a liquid cal/mag supplement & can't imagine going back to the pills - not only does it absorb better/quicker, but it's actually easier on my stomach & helps tremendously with my insomnia issues which always worsen while pregnant. However, I only take 1 tbsp each night before bed. I've no idea what a safe dosage is & from the sounds of it via previous posters - it's something you really do need to be careful with. I'd be curious to talk to a midwife who uses with laboring women, so I could better understand their side of things.

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im going to ask my midwife about it next week. i certainly don't think this is something i would try unless someone REALLY knew what they were doing. Id rather avoid kidney failure personally lol.

she also said that two drops of kerosene on a lump of brown sugar is good for asthma attacks... so who knows lol!!!