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Bring it on!

bring-it-onYay! We are full-term plus a few days now and little L has the official permission to arrive. Anytime from now she will make her… erm… glamorous entrance into this world.

As the slightest prospect of going overdue and being induced terrifies me, I had a look into the options I have to bring it on myself.

Some of them sound sensible, some hilarious and some just disgusting…

Eating pineapple: Apparently, pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which helps to produce prostaglandins, which are necessary to soften your cervix. To get any effect at all, I would need to eat 8 pineapples a day. Isn’t that called the Southbeach Diet with a serious bout of diarrhoea? Don’t think so…

Castor oil: Diarrhoea again? Nah…

Eating curry: There is no scientific evidence of bringing on labour. The most it might do for you is to clear out your bowels. And should you have tried one of the above previously, chances are your end up more dehydrated than a bag of raisins. Not for me.

Nipple stimulation: Now that sounds fun. But only as long as you ignore the rules, which include flat palms, one hour, three times daily. Thanks, but no thanks!

Sex: This one makes the most sense to me, as male sperm contains prostaglandins and you yourself produce oxytocin, the hormone that stimulates contractions. But really going for it? Let me put it this way: I am huge. I am feeling like a cow. I am a cow. Moo…

Blue and black cohosh: Whoever thinks of voodoo, witches and dancing naked under the full moon, using cohosh is much less fun. It is believed to be a uterus tonic that promotes regular and effective contractions. As I am already knocking back three cups of raspberry leaf tea a day, my taste for awful tasting herbal teas is satisfied.

Walking: Thanks to gravity, it definitely helps to put your baby in the right position. I heard somewhere that you have to walk at least four miles a day. Quite sportive for a cow with a sciatica problem. However, this is my method of choice, and as the weather is just beautiful today, I am going to give it a try right now.

Overall, one could get the idea that bowel movement has a connection to childbirth. I just hope not to confuse the sensations and give birth to little L on the toilet. When I said ‘water birth’ I was definitely thinking of something else.

I would love to get first hand experience of bringing on labour. Did star jumps work for you? Has anybody heard of gin & tonic to get things started? What about homeopathy? Reflexology?

4 Comments

  1. Julia said…
    Ricinus oil. I heard that works.
    But it might be just as uncomfortable to wait for a natural birth?
    wonders a completely unpregnant Julia

    12 MARCH 2009 20:38
    Metropolitan Mum said…
    Hej hej flat-tummied Julia, I think ricinus is the same as castor. Or at least they say it has the same effect. I really don’t get this faecal obsession…

    13 MARCH 2009 10:07
    Tara said…
    Sure I tried them too. Also raspberry leaf tea which was supposed to get things moving.
    In the end, I went for a long walk with friends after having Sunday lunch at their house and baby came soon after.
    I think they just come when they are ready and there’s not a whole heck of a lot you can do about it, just enjoy your last few days of freedom!

    13 MARCH 2009 15:35
    Metropolitan Mum said…
    @Tara: I am living in the illusion of having a sleepful night, without a little pointy foot perforating my intestines, once she is out. Funny that everybody keeps on telling me sleep is off the list completely once you crossed the bridge…

    13 MARCH 2009 18:01
    Laura – Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy? said…
    I drank a litre of pineapple juice the day before the 4 year old arrived. I also uppoed my intake of raspberry leaf tea.

    I have no idea if these things actually brought it on or not though! She arrived bang on her due date.

    13 MARCH 2009 18:08
    Reasons to be Cheerful 1,2,3 said…
    My first two were induced and I didn’t want that with the third, so the day before he was due I went on a long uphill walk, came home, had a curry and then went to bed and…ahem….and the following day, bingo a baby boy!

    15 MARCH 2009 20:58
    Metropolitan Mum said…
    Thanks, ladies! I guess I will try a bit of all of it – although not at the same time. And do some more yoga on Thursday. If I was my unborn child, I would definitely consider coming out at the prospect of another 90 minutes of chanting, hip swinging and belly rubbing.

    16 MARCH 2009 18:42
    ALMOST MRS AVERAGE said…
    I never got the chance to wait. The first was 5 weeks early and the second was bang on time. But with the shape of my post baby figure, I look as though I’ve been expecting anther baby for years. Good luck with everything you try and I hope it all goes well 😀

    17 MARCH 2009 09:22
    Really Rachel said…
    Great post! My baby isn’t due for another 6 weeks and I’m already planning how to get her to come out early(!) Last time, I went for a vigorous walk up a steep hill and went into labour soon after that, a week early 🙂 Good luck MM!

    17 MARCH 2009 13:33
    Jaywalker said…
    Acupuncture and that vile raspberry leaf tea. I can still taste it and youngest is 5. Didn’t work, both 10 days overdue.

    BTW I had both mine at UCH/Bloomsbury and the midwives were totally awesome both time. Second time midwife corrected a shoulder dystocia entirely manually, sparing me forceps birth and youngest broken bones. No pain relief either time because of the fantastic support they gave me. (Post natal ward though – bleurgh)

    22 MARCH 2009 14:25
    Metropolitan Mum said…
    41 weeks tomorrow. I take it as a compliment – she just likes being VERY close to me. I will try acupuncture tomorrow and booked a course of four sessions. I had so much acupunture during this pregnancy, I feel like a cactus.
    Good to hear great things about the UCH/Bloomsbury as this is where I’ll be having her.

    23 MARCH 2009 18:40

  2. I did quite a lot of the suggested things, apart from walking because of pelvic pain that was just not happening. Nothing worked, in the end, daughter was 15 days late and it took 3 stretch and sweeps (ouch) – first one didn’t do a thing, second might have helped as 48 hours I was in early labour, third one was done to get labour going properly. I beat the full induction shebang by about 12 hours…

  3. I was 27 days late with daughter (and No, I didn’t get my dates wrong, she was just really, really comfy in there). Intensive acupuncture (where they wire the needles up to a sort of TENS machine) was the only thing that got things moving.

    Second time round, with Son, I did a little forward planning and had monthly acupuncture throughout my pregnancy. He was still late but only 10 days. I’m obviously just a slow-cooker.

    Good luck and wishing you all the best with your wee one. It’s well worth the wait – just switch off your phone so you don’t get too irritated by the constant calls from curious and impatient friends. It almost pushed me over the edge!!

  4. Reflexology (by a very experienced midwife who had trained as a reflexologist)really worked for me. I hadn’t had any contractions or tightenings, but in the first reflexology session, I had two unmistakeable contractions. The baby started the next day. That was baby no 1. My 2nd and 3rd were late too. I tried acupuncture, but it didn’t do anything.

    But I fear I’m too late in my comment. You are more than 2 weeks over your due date…

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