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Alternative methods to induce labour

Advice on the natural ways to induce labour without medical intervention, including information on raspberry leaf tea and other alternative induction methods.
If you are near or beyond your due date and have not yet gone into labour there may be some things you can do to help things along:

Here are some ideas
  • Raspberry leaf tea or tablets are believed by many to help the labour process making contractions more effective and less painful. Check with your local herbalist or health food supplier for when and how to use it.
  • Take some exercise. A walk every day is a really good idea.
  • Avoid constipation
  • If you are not sleeping well at night try having a sleep in the day. This will help boost your energy levels for the big event.
  • Make sure you have everything ready. Some people believe you do not go into labour until you are psychologically ready, if you haven't packed your bags or written your birth plan it could be holding you back.
  • Have some intimate time with your partner. Sexual arousal and the prostaglandins in seamen are proven to increase the likelihood of you going into labour. Just about any kind of lovemaking can help so do whatever you feel comfortable with. It is much better if you do go into labour yourself, you are likely to need less pain relief and have less medical intervention so it is worth a try!

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ive tried all of the above and nothing has worked. its all nonsense. when ur ready ur ready and thats all there is to it. and for people whose babies just dont wana come out. inducement is the only effective way im afraid. good luck to u all. xxx
by nortican78 23rd Sep 2009, 9:13am
I tried everything, Rasberry leaf tea, pineapple, sex (every day for 2 weeks! lol), nipple tweaking, curry, and nothing! The midwifes tried several sweeps, 4 prostin tablets and a foley catheter over 4 days in hospital before they managed to break my waters. Even with my second baby I ended up going into hospital to be induced! Some babys just don't want to come out no matter what you do, just try not to stress and go with the flow. Remember that it will be worth it eventually...
by sheenpin 23rd Dec 2008, 9:15am
Maternity acupressure is good as well. And it takes away the labor pain too.
by jaajamom 5th Jan 2007, 3:24pm

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