Motherhood & Me, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized

3 Ways To Prepare Your Body For Labor

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First and foremost, talk to your doctor before trying any of these recommendations. Secondly, none of these “tips” will induce labor but they can help to prepare your body. If you’re nearing the end of your pregnancy, I can almost 100% guarantee you’ve googled “How to start labor,” we’ve all done it, and by now I’m sure you’ve come across everything from eating a pineapple core to acupuncture. In this post I’m going to share how I prepped for both of my labors.

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

I want to start by mentioning that there is a huge difference between Raspberry Leaf Tea and any old raspberry tea (do not buy Snapple and expect to have results). I drank Yogi Brand linked {{HERE}} and I will link some other brands if you’re interested. Red raspberry tea has been used for hundreds of years to aid the female reproductive system. This tea will help to strengthen your uterus. In labor this is particularly important and helpful because once ACTIVE labor gets started, your contractions will be stronger and more effective. It also helps to shrink your uterus back down after delivery.

I can personally attest to this because after I had my daughter almost every nurse commented, and was so surprised at how much my uterus had gone down after my delivery. I used this tea differently for both of my pregnancies, and there was a huge difference between the labor and delivery of my son and the labor and delivery of my daughter. With my son I drank it the last 3 weeks, hardly enough time to really reap any of its benefits (in my opinion). However, with my daughter I started drinking the tea the beginning of my 28th week. From 28 weeks to 32 weeks, I drank one cup a day. From 32 weeks to 36 weeks I drank 2 cups a day and 36 weeks on, I drank 3 cups a day.

If you read Lydia’s Birth Story you would know that once active labor started, I progressed from 4 cm to 9 cm in 1 hour. With Richie I was in labor for 57 hours, and even after arriving to the hospital dilated to an 8, it still took 12 hours before I dilated to 10. I’m sure the fact that Lydia is my second plays a role in this, but I whole heartedly believe the tea played a role as well.

Evening Primrose Oil

I did not use this when I pregnant with my son. I had heard about it when I was pregnant with him but just never had the desire to try it. However, at my 38 week check-up I had asked the mid-wife if she had any recommendations to help “get things going,” she had a few and this was one of them.

I had stopped  at the grocery store on my way home and the store actually had Evening Primrose capsules in their vitamin aisle, so I HAD to grab a bottle. This is kind of awkward, and maybe a little TMI, but you can take them orally, or it’s more beneficial to insert them; I did both. This basically has the same effect as sperm (the reason sex is recommended), it helps to soften your cervix.

It could be a coincidence but the day after I started using evening primrose oil, I started losing my mucus plug. My doctor’s office wont perform a cervical check until your 39th week, so I don’t know how dilated I was at my previous appointment but at 39 & 4, I was 3cm and 50% effaced.

TIP: If you do decide to try primrose oil yourself and insert it, do it at night and right before bed. Also, wear a panty liner… you might be a little leaky. I realize this is a lot of TMI but I just want to be open and share everything{{HERE}} is the brand I used.             * If you have any concerns please consult your doctor.*

Stability Ball

I spent hours on my stability ball during the last trimester of both of my pregnancies. Sitting on a stability ball and lightly bouncing, swaying side to side, rocking back & forth, and rotating your hips in a” figure 8″ motion, can help baby to drop and get into a good position for delivery. This can also help to open your hips and pelvis, and provide relief from those 3rd trimester aches and pains. During my the end of my third trimester you can find me in front of the tv, watching an episode of housewives, snacking on M&M’s, just bouncing away, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. {{HERE}} is the one I used.

And that’s it! Like I said, these won’t put you into labor but they can help to prepare your body.  Most importantly, don’t forget to take care of you. You got this! Our bodies are strong and regardless of how we deliver our babies, we are super hero’s! If there was anything you did to help prepare your body for labor leave me a comment, I would love to hear!

Thanks for reading,

♥ Amanda

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