L.S. asks from Louisville, KY on May 10, 2009
Suggestions for 'Natural' Labor Induction
Hello Ladies, I have a friend who is a week overdue and is being told that if she doesn't got into labor soon on her own, then they will induce her, etc... But, she's hoping to go into labor on her own.
Everyone keeps telling her to go walk, walk, walk .....
However, we were wandering if there are any other suggestions on 'natural' ways to induce labor :)
B.C. answers from Champaign on May 11, 2009
My mom, 38 years ago, and a friend of mine used castor oil. The friend used it all 4 pregnancies-she made shakes with it.
A.C. answers from Chicago on May 11, 2009
C.D. answers from Chicago on May 11, 2009
I took castor oil with two of my kids. It worked both times! You get the runs, but it does the trick! I think you only need a table spoon or two, but take it with a cup of Dr. Pepper or something to chase it. The key is to not take a breath between the castor oil and the chaser. (I found that out the second pregnancy I did this with.)
M.H. answers from Springfield on May 10, 2009
Avoid Evening Primrose, it thins your blood. I suggest avoiding all herbal or home remedies not recommended by your OBGYN. I have a friend whose wife almost died because of herbal remedies.
But...walk and make love! Orgasms induce labor!
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J.K. answers from Chicago on May 11, 2009
Natural methods of induction work only if the baby is ready. Same with Pitocin. If she really wants to wait for normal labor to begin, perhaps she can discuss w/ OBs/midwives about their concerns and negotiate more time. Some practices are fine with more time if an ultrasound is done to check fluid levels and a good non-stress test. Also, there is no "law" that they can force her to be induced. She can refuse.
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P.B. answers from Chicago on May 11, 2009
Hi L., tell your friend to be patient. Babies come when they are ready, and trying to induce on her own could be dangerous. Gentle walking is always good, but do it around the house. I had one son who was a few weeks late (due dates aren't always accurate!)but when he was ready, he came in a hurry (smile)!
P., experienced mom of 5
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L.M. answers from Chicago on May 11, 2009
K. answers from Chicago on May 11, 2009
Your friend can ask for a non-stress test. if everything looks good with the baby there is no reason she can't tell her doctor that she'd prefer to wait another week before inducing. She doesn't have to consent to anything she doesnt want - remind her that her doctor works for HER - not the other way around. My last baby was born at 41+2 and even at 41 weeks I had NO signs of labor. I know it's really hard to be patient this late in the game. If it were me I'd probably try castor oil the night before my induction were scheduled if I truly felt like the baby needed to come out for a medical reason.
She may be interested in looking at the plots from the following article:
Prolonged pregnancy: when should we intervene?
Norwitz ER, Snegovskikh VV, Caughey AB.
Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Jun;50(2):547-57. Review.
I posted these for a friend some time ago:
Even after 42 weeks the risk of infant mortality only jumps to 5/1000, or 0.5%. This means that there is a 99.5% chance everything is just fine.
G.H. answers from Chicago on May 11, 2009
I know of someone who walked and did stairs (breathing properly of course). Also, a small Fleets enema brought on her labor. They baby will come when it's ready. The little one will not move much before labor and stores energy for the event to begin. She can just wait till baby is ready, hard as that is.
C.F. answers from Chicago on May 11, 2009
sex, nipple stimulation (breast pump or manuel)
A. answers from Chicago on May 11, 2009
She may want to try seeing a massage therapist with experience in foot reflexology. There is supposed to be a pressure point neat the ankle that can induce labor.