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I really dont think that baby will come unless it ready when it comes to natural ways. I think that EPO may help speed things up a wee bit though in labour having a softer cervix (which is what Ive heard it does)
Yes, EPO ripens the cervix and isn't really an inducer, more of a step. Semen can do the same thing.
There are a bunch of things you can do naturally to try to bring on labor. Most of us seem to think that they are worth trying but baby won't come until it's ready. There are some more aggressive things that one can do if very overdue and avoiding unnatural induction such as castor oil and herbs/tintatures but we don't recommend those unless one really knows what they are doing and what they are in for.
EPO as taken in that fashion isn't an inducor, it is a cervical softener. It can help shorten labor length and help labor to happen, but it won't force it to start till your hormones and baby's do that!
I am totally for natural methods of stimulating contractions, and of being healthy. I don't think walking, sex, exercise and so on count as labor inducors at all.
Castor oil can cause contractions tho, and I'd only take it if it was that or a transfer, and I do consider that an artificial way to start/speed labor.
Cheryl, mama to Noah Paul born 12/26/09, wife to wonderful hubby Rob
I am proudly a homebirthing, excluively breastfeeding from the tap, constantly babywearing, bed sharing, attached mama to a high needs baby. He is a part time diaper-free baby!
I would recommend EPO or red raspberry leaf for any pregnant woman near her due date, to help prepare the body for labor.
I'm also all for sex, nipple stimulation (in on or after your due date - although DD nursed everyday and it didn't bring on labor) or walking for example. I wouldn't reccomend castor oil unless I was 42 weeks and had someone threatening induction. I'd also wait a while to get my membranes stripped, probably closer to 41-42 weeks.
Andrea, mom to Abigail (8) Annabelle (5) and Alexis (2)
I say go for them! lol I would never do them to induce labor early.. cervix ripening is different.
I tried them all with Nichole.. except castor oil. I am not sure I would try that either if I was really over due again! lol I would do membrane stripping though around 39 or more weeks. But that was with Nichole... I was miserable and well... it was aweful. lol This time I am much more content to wait it out