natural labor starters

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so now that we only have 4 weeks to go (maybe) it is time to get some natural labor starters going in my daily routine. there are all sorts of old wives tales about what starts labor and truthfully none of them are going to start it unless your body is ready which is why what some women swear by doesn't work for others. when i was pregnant with eleanor and my due date had come and gone we were trying everything: spicy food, tons of walking, eggplant (?), ahem...stimulation ("what got the baby in gets the baby out"). nothing worked. she came when she and my body were good and ready. knowing that that is that case, will it stop me from repeating all of those aforementioned tricks to get the little guy out? of course not! but in addition there are a few things that seem to have a bit more basis in medicine that i have started to do daily.

1. drink 2 cups of red raspberry leaf tea per day. not used for starting labor but thought to reduce pain during labor and after birth, allow the uterus to work more efficiently making for a shorter labor, and reduces incidence of artificial rupture of membranes, forceps delivery or cesarean.
2. 500mg of evening primrose oil daily
3. dates, the ones you eat. studies have shown that eating 6 dates per day in the last 4 weeks of pregnancy significantly reduced the need for induction
4. gravity, movement. luckily i have a toddler to keep me busy and moving all day
5. daily exercises to get the little guy in a good position for labor. part of the reason why my labor with eleanor was as long and as difficult as it was was due to her positioning in my uterus (posterior). determined to prevent a repeat i practice daily inversions, sit on a birth ball, practice rebozo sifting, and lots of cat cow pose (pelvic tilts).

birth can't be planned or controlled but i am confident that we are doing all that we can to ensure that he and i have a wonderful birthing experience. in the meantime the best i can do is relax and trust my body and my little boy. eek, i'm going to have a son soon!