Obviously 1st time moms have not tried yet, but any second or more Mamas tried to get labor going on their own? If so what worked and what didn't? All moms can appreciate another's story.
I'm curious as only sex seems to kick start it for me. Everytime I try spicy foods, walking, curb stepping, side stairs, deep squats, and nothing ever worked. (I swear by squats and contribute not tearing to them. I do squats throughout my pregnancy and I think it has really helped. If you avoid tearing the 1st time you are less likely following times my OB has told me)
But sex always seems to work. I was supposed to be induced in the AM and told my husband I really didn't want to be pitted (pitosin) and we did the thing and I had my baby a few hours later. He was there before the 7AM induction.
I have had multiple births and I did hypno-birthing with my last. I cannot explain how magical that birth was. I felt very little pain and am so glad I tried it. Wish I had earlier. I was talking through my 2 pushes to get him out, whilst having an IV put in. My husband was in awe. It was an out of body experience. I am doing it with this birth as well. I listened to guided meditations online. Recovery and milk production was much better without the epidural. Though that epidural sure was nice those first few time! 😉
I love hearing birth stories and methods so if anyone has anything they recommend please share for the 1st time Moms. I know I'd have loved to know what I know now, then.
Re: Kick starting labor and labor techniques you've used.
Guess what I did squats through my entire pregnancy, working out as much as I could and serving as a banquet waitress - I was 1mm away from emergency surgery to sew up the 4th degree tear that almost tire my rectum.
You are lucky spontaneous sex "caused" labor.
Gloating about how easy your pregnancies were is not cool.
Babies come when ready. "Methods" are coincidence not causation.
@harpseal135 so glad for that 1 mm
My first, I was 2 weeks overdue and didn’t do anything much. I was oblivious. Tried sex (husband wasn’t into it- scared of harming baby the entire pregnancy) and then I tried castor oil. Cleaned me out. Got contractions started and then nothing. Still had to go and be induced. Everything happened so fast and beyond my control. I had trained for Hypnobirthing but once that pitocin kicked in it was game over. Back labour. Contractions without a break. It wasn’t great.
This time I’m going to do THE MOST to get baby to come when it’s due. Because mentally I want to be in control of myself and hopefully birth at home in a tub.
Thanks again for sharing your wonderful story. It’s much appreciated.