thread: Encouraging labour with natural methods

  1. #19
    BellyBelly Member

    Sep 2004


    My SIL is now overdue and is incredibly uncomfortable and just cant wait to meet her bub, yet there has so far been not a single contraction or cramp.

    So thought Id bring this post back up and see if anyone had any other ideas of what can help and to maybe assist some of you who might be hoping contractions start soon....


  2. #20
    sueedge Guest

    something that worked

    I was 10 days overdue and scheduled for an induction. My neighbour told me about some pressure points in the foot that induce labour but requires at least 2 hours of massage. So my MIL and DH took a foot each and massaged the ankle area for over 2 hours! It made the contractions start up, alright! The massage was rather uncomfortable, I have to say, because of the contractions. However, after a night of mild contractions, they faded off again. The next night I made the poor guys do it again, but they rebelled after an hour. Spoil sports. Still, it started mild contractions again. The next morning, I woke up with a hot feeling in my stomach which stayed there all day, followed by backaches mid afternoon, and then proper contractions around 6pm.

    It's the only method I've discovered that has any success at all.

  3. #21
    Kirsty77 Guest


    Does anyone know if lavender oil has anything to do with bringing on contractions?

    Its just that last night I had a bath with lavender oil in it(as per my naturolpaths instructions to help my heachaches)and at about 3.30am I woke in pain having mild contractions till about 5.30am.This morning they have gone but I was wondering if the lavender bath had anything to do with it?

  4. #22
    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Oct 2003
    Forestville NSW

    *bump* how many have been trying natural induction methods? The main site has a great article for it!

  5. #23
    BellyBelly Member

    Jan 2007

    All these bumps today! It's great! I haven't yet but will be doing LOTS of stuff that I can to try and brin this baby on before my hospital gets impatient and try to surgically remove it again! So I will doing RLT, EPO, DTD, acupuncture, curries, massage, DTD, walking, visualisation and anything else I can think of! Will be talking to my midwife on Monday about all of the above and also getting started on RLT and EPO.

  6. #24
    BellyBelly Member

    Aug 2007

    I tried clary sage oil rubbed onto tummy and in bath water...castor oil,raspberry leaf tablets,evening primrose tablets both orally and inserted vaginally at night (make sure u wear a pad,very messy),walking,bouncing on my fit ball...nothing worked for me......a few days later I felt very tired and slept most of the friday..I told DP that we better do a bit of lovin as it b his last for awhile lol...we did and got right into it IYKWIM!!! 2 hrs later @ 2am on the saturday, I was awoken with contractions 5 mins apart and my son was born my emergency c section later that night...all my hard work for nothing!!! Well not really,I had my bubs 2 show...

  7. #25
    yogimum Guest


    You can also add:
    eating pinapple
    walking along the kerb -the uneven rocking motion helps
    blowing up balloons
    having a good belly laugh
    Last edited by christy; August 30th, 2008 at 04:21 PM. : edit out links: read the FAQ's

  8. #26
    Registered User

    Mar 2008
    North Northcote

    i started on the RLT from 36 weeks...

    we DTD the morning of my water's breaking (which was at 38 weeks, so maybe next time, i'll deny poor DH! LOL!).

    also, i found digging a hole in the garden worked wonders...oh and the Elizabeth Taylor midday film: cat on a hot tin roof...something she said must have made my waters pop...

    i also did loads of walking with our dog. i noticed that i would get pretty strong BH when i went with her. and friend of mine went for a long walk when she was 40 weeks and by the time she got back to her letterbox she was crowning!! egad!

  9. #27
    BellyBelly Member

    Nov 2006

    Well, there's nothing like the fullness of time. Make friends with Mother Time and her daughters Trust and Patience eh?

    There's a difference between giving things a gentle nudge when you *feel* you're ripe and ready, and panicking because you're trying to beat an arbitrary dead-line. The problem there is not that your body isn't performing, it's that old problem, 'Failure to Wait' on the part of your scareproviders. The solution is - change careproviders! Midiwfe Lisa Barrett took on a woman who'd been dumped by her Ob at 43 weeks because she kept refusing to be induced. Two days later, she had her baby safely and easily at home, with Lisa attending. It's never never too late to change careproviders.

    Practical strategies:

    * OFP - if bub is anterior, the pressure on the cervix will be just right. If your babe is right-lying, be aware s/he might want to rotate anti-clockwise to ROA - or clockwise (usually preferred) the long way round - through the posterior position, round to left side and finally to left front. So, if your right lying baby keeps moving to posterior, don't be doing OFP trying to get him/her round the ROA! S/he might be trying hard to rotate clockwise - be aware of your baby's game plan and work with, not against, what baby is doing.

    * Chiro care can help balance the pelvix and encourage optimal postioning for the babe

    * Evening Primrose Oil late in pregnancy help the body produce pre-cursors for prostaglandins

    * Other GLA -rich sources will do the same.

    * Avoid sugar and complex carbs - now's not the time to paralyze your system with sugar. Insulin is the 'Mistress' of the hormones, and you want your birth hormones surging right - so, the sugar will have to wait!

    * Lots of long walks (do nothing to the extreme)

    * Relaxation. Swimming is beaut.

    * Dinner with friends - yep, it actually promotes the flow of oxytocin! Works best when you boycott labour and totally forget you were trying to get into labour, and you just relax and genuinely enjoy the moment.

    * Birth Tea - RLT, lavendar, basil and grated nutmeg. RLT - old folk-lore has it that a super-strong brew of RLT will act on the uterus - I used a whole packet. I figure it couldn't do any harm - it's very rich in nutrients.

    * There's a beaut acupuncturist in Melbourne with a good rep for successful inductions. (Any induction method is STILL an induction - pointless, even dangerous to do if your body and the baby are not ready. Preferable to a medical IOL for sure - but herbal and acupuncture inductions I think should be a last resort.) His name is Andrew Ramsey - Meridian Wellness, Warrrandyte. PH: 9844 0111.

    * A herbalist can help you out with black & blue cohosh.

    * Here is one midwife's herbal induction regime.

    * A combination of long walks, sex, OFP and pelvic rocks & rolls worked for me. Oh and I was skulling the RLT as well.

    If you're ripe and ready, it does not take much to tip the balance. It's like when an apple is ripe to be picked, you barely have to touch it. But if you are not ready - or the baby is not - we can cause more harm than good by interfering. You might be going "overdue" because your baby is still busy organizing an optimal position for him/her. Inducing a first time mama whose baby is not engaged is a recipe for a c/s. So much better to wait with a careprovider who trusts you and trusts your body - if you don't have one of those, time to get one.

    If you are are well, and your baby is well, - you're feeling kicks, the FH is fine, plenty of amniotic fluid shows placenta is also just fine - then the safest course of action is to await the fullness of time. There is intense pressure to induce - in Australia they call it the 'induction seduction' - but it's born of the fear and lack of trust in women's bodies and capabilities. They may even attempt to scare you with classics such as 'do you want your baby to die, your placenta is failing' etc. That's when it's good to do some independent research and know your facts and stats.
    Last edited by Julie Doula; August 31st, 2008 at 05:00 PM.

  10. #28
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    Sep 2007

    Just wanted to say that WALKING worked for me.

    DD1 MIL took me on a shopping day at 7 days over due & made me walk as much as possible. Waters broke at 12.30am that night. Born at 6.56pm at 8 days over.

    DD2 had a few contractions & decided to go for a walk. Walked about 5 kms & they got regular a few hours later. Born at 7.08am at 7 days over due.

    DS Decided I was NOT going over again, so walked every night at the end for about an hour. Wasn't happy coz it wasn't happening yet, so I walked about 2 kms3 days before my due date. Had my first contractions at 5.15am. DS was born 5 hours later at 10.15am 2 days early.