When will you try natural inductions?

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Honey3.14's picture
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When will you try natural inductions?

Okay we're all going into the third trimester which means pretty soon, we'll all be miserable together. We've all heard the interesting ways people try to induce labor from sex to red rasberry leaf tea, unripe papaya.... The list goes on and on and on. At what week do you think you'll be so uncomfortable that you'll try any method at all to get that baby out!

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I most likely won't try until 39 or 40 weeks. With DS I started doing things like eating eppplant parm, pineapple, etc. at about 39 weeks and I went into labor at 39 weeks 1 day. I have no idea if it was actually because of anything I tried or if baby was just ready, but either way I was happy!

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Well, I don't consider sex, pineapple, eggplant parmesan etc to be true natural induction methods. Tried them all at 40 and 41 weeks last time with zero effects, as expected. More "old wives tales" category type stuff IMO.
RRL tea doesn't induce or cause labor. For a few moms (not often at all!) it may cause uterine contractions but won't put the mom into true labor (thinking Christa's, momW, experience which is the first I've heard of it directly from somebody). I'm already drinking 2 cups of RRL already. lol. Did the same with DS and well he was a 41.5 week c/s.

However, as far as something that may actually lead to actual labor? Not till 41 weeks, 6 days. Much safer for me and baby to let birth happen completely naturally since I'm having a VBAC. My provider's cut off for me is 42 weeks.

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For me it will all depend on when the doc says its go time. I was induced 10 days early (so 38.5 weeks) after going off meds to stop PTL at 36 weeks. With my 2nd my water broke at 36 weeks, with in 24 hrs of going off of meds. And with my 3rd I was induced at 36 weeks and 5 days because of her amnio being low. I had gone off of meds at 34 weeks and was told they would have let her come when ever between then and 36 weeks, but that after 36 weeks they would want her out.

Given my history, my doc. is thinking I'll be lucky to get to 36 weeks again. All will depend on what my body is doing, how big the baby is, and so on. I do not want to have to be induced again, so if it comes to that, I sure will be doing what I can the couple days prior to get things going more myself lol

Tea, and sex are ok ways to get things started. But, I agree with Always, that if your body isnt ready, its not going to happen. I will do those things, but also bring out my pump and do that. A friend of mine had constant stop and go labor with her 2nd. She finally pulled out the pump, did 5 to 10 min on the pump, 5 to 10 off... she started that at about 7 or 8pm, and her daughter was born by noon the next day Smile There are a few other things you can do naturally, but I am blanking on them right now... that just came to mind because I know it worked lol. Oh, castro Oil, but a friend of mine that did that tried that said all that it managed to do was make her feel like crud Sad

When I was thinking of trying natural things to induce DD to come after 36 weeks (before my induction) my aunt, who is a Neo-natal nurse, warned me to watch what I tried to start labor. That some of those things can bring on labor too fast, and uncontrollably, causing stress on the baby. That it was probably best if I waited till my induction, so that they control it a better, and monitor the baby. Again, this was before 37 weeks, and DD's amnio levels were already low, so she was already under a bit of stress... and had been since 33ish weeks.

I think if I get to the same point as I did with DS1, and the baby is healthy and not under any sort of stress, and they are talking induction, then I will start trying to kick start things myself Wink

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this is a cute post!

i have NO IDEA!!!..as i've never been pregnant before, but i do woner about this... i wonder when i will start wanting to send myself into labor! HAHA!... seriously this may be TMI but my DH is so deprived of sex because either i have no drive or i am just nervous (i know i shouldnt be but i can't help it), so maybe around 38 weeks i'll just start doing that every day HAHA!

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I was reading in one of Ina May's books that couples who have regular sex during pregnancy are more likely to go into labor during their 40th week than those who haven't been having regular sex throughout pregnancy. There are always exceptions of course, but hey can't beat regular sex to hopefully not have a 42 week pregnancy!

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oh wow that is interesting!

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With a scheduled c/s I don't have to worry about it, I would actually rather not go earlier, because it's nice to be able to plan!

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Argh, I had this nice wonderful reply, and then the browser ate it. Sad Oh well, I'll try again.

Here's my take on natural induction methods: most of them aren't going to work unless your body and your baby are ready for labor. As anyone who has had a failed hospital induction will tell you, even the hardcore medical drugs won't do the trick if your body isn't ready enough for labor. So I take all natural induction with a grain of salt. They're something fun to start doing around week 39 or so to pass the time, but I certainly don't expect that any of them are going to work any better than pitocin or AROM.

Also, because I have this belief that natural induction should just be something fun, I don't do anything that I wouldn't enjoy doing anyway. No castor oil, thank-you-very-much, but I did eat eggplant parmesan and pineapple the day before I went into labor with DD. Yum. Smile We went to a restaurant that is very famous for putting women into labor with a friend who was scheduled to be induced the next day. None of it worked for her. I ate half my eggplant parmesan, and four hours later I was in early labor. The next day I ate the rest of it, and within four hours I was in real actual labor. Coincidence? Perhaps. But it really does illustrate that it takes a body that is ready for labor for these things to work. My friend was medically induced the next day as scheduled, and she ended up having her baby two days later - well after DD was born. My body was ready to deliver, and hers wasn't. No number of induction methods worked for her, not even the drugs. She very, very narrowly avoided a c/s. As for me, would I have gone into labor without the eggplant parmesan and pineapple? Who knows. But obviously my body was receptive to labor in a way that my friend's wasn't, and ultimately that's what matters no matter what kind of induction you're trying or facing.

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I agree with Harmony. Both of my inductions were successful... but my body had started the process way before the drugs. My doctor and I were joking yesterday that my uterus is an over achiever and gets its preparations started WAY a head of time lol

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Kier, show off!

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"Honey3.14" wrote:

Kier, show off!

lol. Oh, I would much rather that it wasnt such an over achiever. It means all sorts of worrying, bed rest, and hospital stays. I honestly would rather that it wait to 34/35 weeks to start the prep, and then just take a couple of weeks to do it Wink

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I've done castor oil and was just the push I needed to put me into labor. I walk around dilated to 5cm for weeks. My husband is a pilot, so he is in & out of town frequently and walking around at 5cm is a little unnerving! I would hate for him to miss the birth and there's only so many times he can call in and ask for grace! He literally cancelled 3 trips with one of our kids, and the baby still hadn't come after walking my butt off, getting my membranes stripped, pushing heavy carts full of paper & dog food around costco for hours, sex - you name it. So I tried castor oil and we had a beautiful baby 3 hours later, with none of the gross side effects. I definitely wouldn't reccomend it to anyone, but that birth was WAY better than the one we opted to be induced to avoid him missing the birth. I'll never be induced ever again. ever!

This time, I probably won't try any drastic measures. I'd much rather let things happen naturally, but we will have to see what his schedule is like in late October/early November. He just started a wih a new airline, so I don't know how much they will let him get away with as far as cancelling trips. Hopefully it will all work out. Fingers crossed!

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