Thursday, 2 January 2014

Tomorrow is D Day

Baby Pattullo is due tomorrow but that doesn't mean he'll decide to make an appearance!

Today Hubby and I have been for a walk to try and get things moving. I've been reading up on ways to kick start labour, to be honest I'm not convinced that any of them will work............

Here are the most common although I'm sure there are many more "Old Wives Tales" out there.

The pressure of your baby's head pressing down on your cervix from the inside could stimulate the release of oxytocin, a hormone which causes contractions. Being upright also encourages your baby to move down onto your cervix

Having sex can be tricky when you have a big bump. But it could trigger the release of oxytocin, a hormone which causes contractions. Having an orgasm could also stimulate your uterus to get labour going

Raspberry leaf 
Raspberry leaf can be taken as a tea or in tablet form. It is thought it may stimulate your uterus and encourage labour

Nipple stimulation 
Nipple stimulation is when you gently rub or roll your nipples to encourage the start of contractions. The idea is to stimulate the suckling of your baby. This releases oxytocin, a hormone which causes contractions to start

Curry is often suggested as a means to bring on labour. Eating spicy food may stimulate your tummy and therefore stimulate your uterus into action

Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which is thought to help soften your cervix and bring on labour. Eating large amounts will probably stimulate your tummy, which could also stimulate your uterus

Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into specific points of your body. This is thought to stimulate the energy within your body to act on a specific organ function or system

Castor oil 
We don't know exactly how castor oil works. It's thought that it stimulates your tummy and therefore stimulates your uterus (womb), kick starting labour. However, be aware that taking castor oil may make you nauseous and give you diarrhoea

It's also said that exercise such as vigorous cleaning on all fours and bouncing on the birthing ball is said to get things rolling. I have tried a few of these today so we'll see whether anything starts moving. In the mean time here are a few photos taken today on our walk - It was such a lovely day and I really enjoyed getting out in the sunshine with hubby. I can't wait to take little man for walks there =]

Have you tried anything to kick start labour? Did it work?