Old Wives' Tales

Not only are Kyle and I so anxious to meet our little guy but we are on somewhat of a deadline to get this babe out (and let's be real - I'm over being pregnant!). We have a trip planned for his mom's 60th birthday (the location is a surprise!) and need to have the babies passport by July 3rd. Have you ever seen a newborn passport? Might be the cutest thing ever! My body has been making progress but to speed things up we are trying some old wives' tales to induce labor. Some of these seem so silly but they are worth a shot!

No. 1: Pineapple
It's supposed to help soften your cervix and can cause mild contractions. I have been eating pineapple like it's my job! No seriously - I think I've eaten four pounds of it since Saturday. I'm never going to be able to eat another pineapple again without thinking about being pregnant! 
No. 2: Walking
We've been going on 2-3 mile walks almost every night. It must be working because the baby dropped and he is far down in my pelvis. I could tell right when he dropped, it's so much easier to breathe! Stairs are supposed to help as well...something I'd rather avoid lol!
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No. 3: Spicy food
It takes a lot for me to think something is spicy - I can pretty much drink sriracha. I made a Mexican quinoa dish last and loaded it with three different kinds of hot sauce and I'm having leftovers today for lunch. Luckily, I haven't got any heartburn!

No. 4: Sex
Doin' the dirty is the last thing I want to do right now but if it helps get things moving then I'm in. I told Kyle I think this is just a theory made up by guys!  

No. 5: Bouncing on a birth ball
I don't own one but we have some at the gym. I went yesterday (for the first time in MONTHS) but forgot to try it. If there's a next time, I'll definitely try it!

No 6: Nipple stimulation
I haven't tried this yet but I guess it could be tied in with number 4 ;) I read you should start stimulating them while your having braxton hicks and they will turn into actual contractions.

No. 7: Red raspberry leaf tea
Some people drink the tea or take it by capsule. I had two cups of tea yesterday AM and lost my mucus plug (sorry if that is tmi!) shortly after. Currently sipping on a cup now (insert praying emoji hands here).
No. 8: Castor oil
This will be my last resort. From what I read it tastes horrible (even though the bottle says otherwise) and can just end up giving you a bad case of the runs. Ummmm noooo thank you!!! Although I've read lots of success, I'm terrified to try!

No. 9: Acupuncture
I'm getting this done tonight so we will see if it works for me! I've never done acupuncture before and I'm a little nervous. The thought of little needles all over my body doesn't sound great but hopefully it's somewhat relaxing. I will let you know how it goes!

I woke up last night and had some contractions but they didn't last long. Must mean something is helping speed things up, right?! Have you tried any of these and had success?


16 comments:

  1. Good luck! I had two accupuncture sessions and went into labor after my second one. I really believe that this is what started my labor. The rest of the Old Wives Tales didn't do much for me and I tried everything you posted about except the Castor Oil.

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    1. Thanks! I did one session on Wednesday night and I'm doing my second tomorrow - excited to see if it works! I was scared to do it (I hate needles) but it was actually pretty relaxing, especially the massage she gave me before!

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  2. Pineapple worked for me! I actually blended an entire pineapple (make sure you include the core) with ice and drank it while doing housework. Ended up going in to labor 8 days before my due date (first baby). I also drank tons of red raspberry leaf tea and took lots of walks. Good luck!

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    1. I have been eating pineapple like its my job and made a smoothie with the core yesterday...the thought of pineapple is starting to make me ill! lol!

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  3. Hi Megan you look amazing! Wish you that all goes well and smoothly and you will have you wonderful baby very soon. I gave birth to my baby daughter two months ago and tried all the things above apart from the last too. Didn't work on me, I think they work when your cervix is ready and the baby is ready to come out. I had my baby three weeks post due date but everything went well in the end in spite of old wives tales failing! Keep posted and my best wishes for your delivery xx

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    1. My cervix is ready so hopefully something works :) Hope mommyhood is treating you well! xo

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  6. I feel you on the pineapple, to this day I can't eat it! It's definitely some sort of fruit conspiracy. As for castor oil, I took a "shot" of it because I heard it was supposed to speed things along. About 4 hours later I was so violently ill and scared because the baby wasn't kicking I called a taxi and went to the ER. The midwife on duty hooked me up to a moniter, gave me some iv fluids and an anti-nausea pill. When my midwife came in she said that we might as well just induce because I was already 38 weeks and my baby was over 8lbs. So castor oil did work but just not the way I expected it to! 😂 Are you delivering at Prentice? The maternity ward is a dream. My recovery room was like a hotel suite with a hospital bed. For the record, castor oil is probably not a wise decision. 😬

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    1. OMG that is awful!! At least everything turned out to be okay! I've been reading a castor oil thread on Babycenter and it is pretty entertaining - it's worked for a handful of the women so I'm intrigued but a lot just get bad stomach pains. Hopefully I won't have to resort to that! Yes, I'm delivering there - I love that the L&D rooms have a view of the lake! Glad to hear you loved it!

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  7. I wish you all the best mama!!! I will be there in just 3 months. I hope everything goes smoothly!

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  8. I have been anxiously waiting on instagram for an update... so excited for you! I remember when my water broke, I was walking a big hill in our neighborhood. Wishing you a safe and soon delivery, darling!

    Becky xx

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    1. Ugh wish there were hills in Chicago! Hopefully he will be here soon :) xx

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  9. I must say that I was a huge skeptic of Holistic medicine but I can 100% say that I am now a believer in acupuncture. I had back/shoulder/neck pains for some time and I don't know what I would have done without people at acupuncture lorne park clinic.

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