Monday, June 15, 2009

What Put YOU into Labor?

I LOVE hearing other's birth stories. Each one is so different, so unique and so exciting! I have YET to hear of a woman give the details of her labor and delivery in a "ho-hum" kind of way. No birth story is mundane!

As I sit here, 39 weeks, less than 2 hours away from my LONGEST pregnancy YET, I am wondering WHAT could put me into labor (naturally). :)

So . . . what worked for you? Yes, my husband is an ob/gyn physician, but HE says what puts women into labor is "God and pitocin".

I would LOVE to hear what put you into labor! A long walk? Mexican food? Jumping jacks (lol)?

I kind of feel like life is on "pause" right now and we are all kind of waiting, waiting, waiting. My freezer is stocked, I am caught up on laundry, my house is SO CLEAN, so she better come before everything falls apart! AND, I totally lied, we are NOT doing school right now. I am reading to the kids from "Detectives in Togas", but that is it. We are cleaning house (because mommy is in perpetual "nesting" mode) running errands, making appointments, etc. all before this baby comes. I can't even start a book right now! So, I am playing sudoku online lately. Very addictive, don't start . . .

Please share with me what worked for you! :)

In Christ, Laura


Duckygirl said...

I drank Red Raspberry leaf tea. It worked like a natural pitocin, as in BOOM I was in in 4 hours. :) This can be found at your local grocery store w/teas sometimes labeled raspberry pregnancy tea.


laura mouro said...


Okay . . . So, I had some raspberry leaf tea (only 2 bags left) and drank it the other day and NOTHING!! Do I need to drink more? How much did you drink? Maybe I should try it again? Then, I looked for some more at the grocery store and they didn't have any . . . maybe I should go to Whole Foods? I am willing to try it again. Actually, my ob mentioned this to me, too (not my hubby, but my ob :)).

Thanks for the tip!

Keep 'em coming!

In Christ, Laura

Anita said...

I don't think I've commented here before... I enjoy your blog! Anyway, for me, pitocin was the only thing that worked :-(. With 3 pregnancies I went 42, 42, and 41 weeks, all of which were induced at the end. Sorry! I'm sure with your history of shorter gestations you'll be done very soon. Best wishes!

chicknboy said...

ok-I've only had 2 c-sections so I'm no expert on going into labor, but I had heard anything raspberry helped..raspberry dressing, raspberry tea (like you've already tried)....maybe even plain old raspberry berries.

My one girlfriend has found castor oil to work, recommended by her midwife -but that has only been when she is overdue. It has only worked 1 out of 3 times for my sister. :)

I would just try jumping on a trampoline. :)

Anonymous said...

Here's what worked for me two different times. Stripping my membranes (midwife) and then taking castor oil (1/2 small bottle, about 3 inches high, with OJ)

This would have me in labor within about 6 hours....

Praying for you and your sweet baby!

Lisa H>

Corrine said...

I tried walking, mowing the lawn, raspberry leaf tea, black cohosh, and every other thing I could think of. The truth??
Making love. Seriously.
I know that you feel less than beautiful, but it helps to stimulate contractions, as well as thin the cervix. You may even find yourself thankful for the last minutes of intimacy before the craziness begins...again!

Oh, and after...we played mini golf!

Meghan said...

I ate so much Mexican food the night before I went into labor with Sydney. I even made the comment " I hope I do not go into labor and end up getting sick with everything I have eaten." Well that night around 2 am I woke up in labor, Sydney arrived at 10:12 that morning. I did not get sick by the way. Very quick first time labor and delivery but I did have a jump start, I was dilated to 4 cm for weeks before I went into labor.

laura mouro said...

Meghan, hey! Do you know what you are having this time?


The McMurrays said...

Oooh, I'm going to keep checking back on this comment string! I need all the help I can get ;)
We're still hanging in - having another bout of contractions after walking laps at the grocery store, but they're seeming thus far to be of the same brand that lead nowhere! We're in the EXACT same boat as you: everything is totally ready and we're just life-on-pause, waiting! It was great to have some down time as a family today, but I think we're officially crossing into the REALLY REALLY READY zone :D

PS - My MIL suggested Castor oil, but I don't think I can stomach it.

laura mouro said...


Yes, castor oil does not sound pleasant. I am sure it works . . . but won't I be miserable in the meantime?


Laurel said...

Okay ... you asked for it ...

Sorry for the long post, but I have a few labor stories to tell you about ... (I know you won't mind the long post, because you have nothing better to do than read blog comments right now. So, enjoy a little story time ...)

First of all ... what did NOT work for me ...

... anything raspberry
... driving on bumpy dirt roads
... walking laps around the mall with my 2 year old literally sitting on the shelf that was my stomach (with twins inside)
... eating spicy foods

Nope ... nothing! I'm with your husband ... it's all about God and Pitocin.

Baby #1 ... 42 weeks * Pitocin * 10 hours of HARD labor * 10 lb. 1 oz. baby boy

14 months later ...

Baby #2 ... 38 weeks * worked a full day at the office * went home and had a baby * called the office at 8:00am to say I wouldn't be coming in that day * 6 lb. 14 oz. baby girl

16 months later ...

Baby #3 ... 40 weeks * right on time * 8 lb. 14 oz. * baby boy

2 years later ...

Babies #4 & 5 ... 40 weeks (after the doctors were so worried that I would have premature labor with the twins) * Pitocin * no hard labor * WHOOSH ... out came baby girl #1 at 7 lb. 2 oz. and baby girl #2 (feet first) at 8 lb. 3 oz.

(Yes, this gave us 5 babies under 5 years old.)

18 months later ...

Baby #6 ... 39 weeks * 4 hours of labor * 8 lb. 15 oz. baby boy

(Yes, this gave us 6 kids under 7 years old.)

3 years later ... (lost a baby between these two)

Baby #7 ... 37 weeks * Pitocin * 15 minutes of semi-hard labor * 9 lb. 14 oz. baby boy

3 years later ... (yes, we are slowing down the pace)

Baby #8 ... 38 weeks * Pitocin * 10 minutes of semi-hard labor * 7 lb. 11 oz. baby girl (which gives us 4 girls and 4 boys in 12 years)

3 years later ...

Baby #9 ... 37 weeks * Pitocin & Gel (the NEW way to do it) * 20 minutes of semi-hard labor * lost track of how much he weighed * baby boy

18 months later ...

Baby #10 ... 37 weeks * Planned Pitocin, but went into labor while driving to the hospital * 1 hour of hard back labor (Ugh!) * lost track of baby's weight * baby boy

Baby #10 was born the day before I turned 40 ... when his eldest brother was 18.

Pitocin = 6 babies

God's Timing = 4 babies

Love God, and usually am content with His timing. But ... I have no desire to set any weight records with my babies. After 15 1/2 lb. of twins, my doctor thought we could take them out of the oven a little earlier the next time. Then ... to have a baby 3 weeks early that weighed 9 lb. 14 oz. ... Yikes! I am thankful for Pitocin.

Since we ended up with a couple of big age gaps between our younger children ... we decided to fill in the gaps with children from Africa.

The ages of our children now are ...

7, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 20, 22, 23, 24

Looking forward to hearing about your new little one ... whether it is in God's Timing ... or Pitocin's timing.

mama of 13

One of us Dragonfryes said...

I have had eight times to try many different things,well 7 because my very first baby was a planned c-section because she was breach. I was never early ,always a few days late exept for the c-section. The membrane stripping seems to be the thing that worked for me but it is really hard to say because even that took a few days at times. I decided that babies just come when they come which is usually after I cleaned the house really good and then the house gets messy again!

C and C said...

I have been late with all of our babies but only had pitocin once at 16 days past due. The castor oil did not work for me and just made me sick and dehydrated. I have tried literally everything under the sun to get labor going so here are a few things that were not mentioned that have helped in times past. 1.Nipple stimulation. Sounds strange but midwives commonly use that to get a stalled labor going. 2.Pineapple - contains bromelain which stimulates contractions. 3.Clary Sage essential oil. - I rubbed this on my belly to stimulate contractions.
Bottom line is, if the baby isn't ready nothing will work. :( Hopefully your little ones makes its arrival soon.

laura mouro said...

So . . . I had my membranes stripped last Thursday . . . nothing. I had this done with Haven and nothing. I had this done with Anna and Jonas and had them both the next day.

Still here . . .

Laurel, I guess your birth stories PROVE that it is God's timing. He is teaching me a lot through this. Pregnancy is sanctifying work. I am thankful for this trial (most of the time ;) ).

I will keep everyone posted!

Love in Christ, Laura

laura mouro said...

OH! Keep the stories coming! I am LOVING them! I hope I have a great (yet free of complications) story to tell VERY SOON! I know it will all be worth it in the end.


Meghan said...

I am having a boy!! I knew this news would probably make you laugh since you have little luck in the boy department. We are so excited.

Kendra S-L said...

Triple threat: making sweet love, long hilly walk, salad with balsamic dressing. I'll subscribe to this thread, too, as I enjoy this kind of post.

God bless you and your family, Laura!

Carrie said...

Hi Laura

With my first one, I was on a trampoline the night before labor started :) He came right on his due date.

With my second one, my midwife thought he was allready 9 1/2 lbs and I still had 2 weeks to go... so I went for a long fast walk (my husband couldn't even keep I started having contractions about 2 hours later. He was about 2 weeks early :) and only 8 lbs 13 oz!

With my 3rd nothing worked except time! I was walking mall after mall, trail after trail! I tried every thing natural that they say might work. I finially went into labor 3 days after my due date but it kept stopping. It lasted 3 days. I even got to 9 cen. and my labor stopped again!!!.... It was fustrating at times, but it was the easiest birth out of the 3. I was sore the day after, more form stair climbing and walking, than the labor itself. He was 5 days late :)

With my 4th...??? Still to come :)

I'll be praying for you... I know how you feel.

laura mouro said...

I really really want to walk or do SOMETHING active . . . but I am in so much pain in my pelvic area, to put it nicely. The thought of any activity makes me cringe! This is starting just today. Just walking across the room hurts. Everything else feels great. I wish I could go for a walk, do a workout, jump around . . . I guess the baby has dropped! :) I am no longer just impatient to go into labor, I am getting a little desperate from all this pressure!


laura mouro said...

Okay--it has a name: pubic symphysis diastasis. That is the official medical term for what I have and BOY does it HURT! It means that the bones are separating to allow the baby to come through, which is a good thing, but in the meantime I am in PAIN, I tell ya! PAIN!


Anonymous said...

The three s' worked for me... (after quite a bit of evening primrose oil to soften my cervix)

Stripping (membranes)
followed asap by
followed by
stimulation (with a pump)


Hope your time comes soon!!

Wife to the Rockstar said...

None of the tricks ever put me in labor. I mean NONE. Tried them all.

I would like to request a belly photo!

Carrie said...

Your going to go today!!!

laura mouro said...

Courtney, we just got a new camera and there are belly shots of me! Finally! I am going to have to post them. I made Cameron take them the other day and said, "This could be my last day pregnant! You have to take a picture!" Yeah, right! LOL. I am big (I think) and very few maternity shirts cover my belly, but I am measuring at least 3 weeks behind. I just go STRAIGHT out--STRAIGHT out! I will try to post one asap, but don't laugh!


laura mouro said...

Carrie--do you know something I don't??!! I hope so! :) Your confidence gives me hope as I sit here during my kids' rest time and keep "willing" my water to break! I guess we get so desperate at the end of pregnancy we think, "C'mon bring on the pain!" Isn't that crazy?? You girls are definitely keeping me from getting the "woe-is-me" attitude and are keeping this fun!


The McMurrays said...

I'm still here (and desperate too!) with you!! Just talked to Margo Bowen - she went to go petition God to break my water ;) LOL. I think I've officially tried everything. I hate to say this, but we're scheduled for an induction at 6am tomorrow. I've had that pelvic pain thing too, last night - OUCH. It went away though after moving the baby OFF the pelvis (took some serious jostling). We're praying for you guys!!

Duckygirl said...

I drank three 8 oz cups in about ten minutes (I was thinking GO BIG OR STAY HOME) took a nap and like I said, BOOM, labor... maybe try again?


Andrea said...

I have only had one birth, but after some of the tricks that have been mentioned previously I went to church and came home and started into labor. We went to the hospital and was there all night, then the next day they started pitocin because I was already about a week overdue. I was glad to get our son out, but it was painful. I began to think he was never coming out. Still after 2 and 1/2 hours of pushing, he finally came (facing sideways and having his cord around his neck and had a bowel movement before he came out). I guess he wanted to add some excitement to the moment:), but he was all worth it!!
My mom used to say, the easiest time to care for them is when they are still inside of you!! But you still want them out, especially in the last month:)

Anonymous said...

Evening Primrose oil massaged on the cervix or as close as you can reach to the cervix, stretching the membranes gently yourself and nipple stimulation have all helped when done together.

Your pain sounds like baby is coming down and you will be in active labor tonight! Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Here, Laura, I'll tell you my favorite birth story, to make you laugh:

My friend is a BEAUTIFUL person, both inside and out, and she has long golden hair. Right before she was about to give birth to her fourth child, she decided she'd get her hair cut quite a bit shorter, to make life easier after the baby came. A few days later, she went into labor, and worked hard to deliver a son. Her husband was with her encouraging her the whole time. Right after the baby was born, when they took him away to clean him up, her husband leans over her, tenderly pushes her hair off of her perspiring forhead and looks deeply into her eyes. My friend is exhausted, but perks up to hear the words of admiration and affirmation her husband is about to offer her, for carrying his son for 9 months and safely delivering him. Her husband gazes into her eyes and says, "Tracy...honey.....Don't ever get your hair cut this way again!"

I kid you not! Fortunately, my friend is a forgiving person, and she got over it. *I* however, still hold a smidge of resentment toward him every time I think of it! ;o)

Christa said...

Hi Laura,
I've never commented on your blog before but I do enjoy reading it and this discussion is quite entertaining. :)
I was totally embarrassed when I was overdue with my first baby and my Mom told me "The same thing that got that baby in there is what will get it out!" But it has worked to at least get contractions started for me in all three of my pregnancies.


Robin said...

With baby #1 I also felt like a ticking time bomb. I was scheduled to be induced, went in dehydrated, they hooked me up to fluids and labor started on it's own. With baby #2, labor started three weeks early. So, I was living life and still cleaning and all of those fun things up until he was born. With baby #3 I read this recipe: I picked the day that I was going to make it, if I hadn't gone into labor yet. Then, I got the flu, had a 101 degree fever and was dehydrated again. I don't recommend going into labor with a fever, but God's timing is perfect. I've also heard that caster oil might work, though the pharmacist begged us not to use it with #1. But, my mil says otherwise.

Erica said...

I think you know my labor stories. I will just share that it seemed nothing would work for me except SCHEDULING the induction. With #2 I actually went through the induction, but it seemed that once I got that thing scheduled everyone else seemed to pop out.

I was sick when I went into labor the twins (I'm sure you remember that story!!!) so I guess you could just get yourself dehydrated..... not recommended.