I thought I had heard it all until this! Have any of you ever heard of dehydrating to induce naturally? From what I understand you fast for 12 hours, and labor will start in that time period. Once labor starts you begin eating and drinking again. Apparently, the lowering of your blood volume increases the ratio of oxytocin in your blood which kicks your body into labor. It makes sense because dehydration is one of the top two causes of premature labor, the other being UTI.
I don't know if I'd be willing to try since I believe hydration and nourishment are so important to a functional labor process, but I was wondering if anyone else had ever heard of this?
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Never heard of it-- but sounds like a bad idea, IMO.
I think I'd rather just wait it out......hang in there!
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Dehydration also knocks all your other body chemicals out of whack, too, which can lead to heart palpitations & kidney damage, among other things. From a bio-chemistry POV, the reason why dehydration triggers labor is because electrolytes are what nerve & muscle cells use to carry electrical impulses -- i.e. muscle contractions, i.e. labor waves -- so an imbalance can trigger more electrical impulses, i.e. more contractions, more labor waves. It can also work in reverse, by inhibiting the electrical impulses, which can lead to heartrate problems. Personally, I think the *real* reason why dehydration triggers labor is because it (the mom's body) thinks baby will be better off on the outside than remaining inside a body that is obviously having some kind of serious trouble, hence the dehydration. It's the same reason why induction tends to work best on women with pre-e, it's a baby-ejection process. And anyone who tries to do this on purpose is insane.
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I heard of it, but would never try it and agree that is a super bad idea for many reasons. Its hard enough trying to keep your strength up if you have a longer labor. I can't imagine starting out dehydrated!
Yeah. I thought castor oil was bad, but intentionally dehydrating is really, really bad. Besides what it can do to you, think about what it can do to the baby. If it can lower your blood volume, it can lower amniotic fluid volume too and put baby at risk... in addition to the other things mentioned above.
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