There are times that it feels like time moves so slowly. However, I can tell you when I sit back and think about these past 8 months, it feels like the days have just slipped on by.
With only 18 days until my due date, I have reached that stage where excitement has taken over, as well as some nerves. However, I can tell you one thing that is for sure… I am more ready than ever to hold that precious little bundle of mine in my arms for the first time.
A couple weeks ago, my midwives gave me a list of tips to help prepare my body for labour. The list was full of some great ideas to try. However, it should be important to note that these tips only potentially help prepare your body. These suggestions won’t necessarily bring on labour. Baby will come when baby is good and ready.
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So if you are an eager beaver like me to get that body prepared for the big day, you can try out some of these tactics.
From 36 weeks:
Consume 6 pitted medjool dates per day. Studies have shown that by consuming 6 pitted dates per day during the last 4 weeks of pregnancy that it can help shorten the latent stage of labour, as well pregnant woman who had consumed dates had a higher mean of cervical dilation upon admission in comparison to those who had not consumed dates.
If you are like me, and you struggle with consuming dates on their own you can enjoy them in a smoothie. My favourite way to enjoy them is by blending 2 to 3 pitted dates with 1 scoop of Orange Naturals Women ND Shake – Vanilla, 100g Activia – Vanilla, 3/4 cup milk, and 2ml Orange Naturals Cinnamon.
Consume Raspberry Leaf Tea or Raspberry Leaf Tincture. Consumption of raspberry leaf is believed to help strengthen uterine muscles while also toning the pelvic floor in preparation for labour. Studies have shown that women who have consumed raspberry leaf tea have had a shorter labour.
Take 1,500mg of Evening Primrose Oil per day. Evening Primrose Oil is used to help ripen the cervix, supposed contributing to the softening of the cervix and promotion of effacement.Evening Primrose Oil can be taken orally or inserted vaginally. If you are going to insert the pills vaginally, I suggest doing it before you go to bed and to try to insert them using two clean fingers pushing them as high to the cervix as you can. You may want to wear a panty liner as you may find they leak. There are no real studies that have shown that Evening Primrose Oil helps bring on labour, but many caregivers see no reason why pregnant women can’t give this supplement a whirl to try to prepare for the big delivery day.
From 37 weeks and onward:
Once you hit early term at 37 weeks, you will be given the green light to introduce more techniques in addition to the ones I have suggested above that you will still want to continue. Here are three more tips that my midwives highly suggest introducing to prepare your body for labour.
Pineapple. The enzyme bromelain can be found in pineapple, which is thought to help soften your cervix and bring on labour. While consuming pineapple has never brought on labour for me, it is thought that by consuming lots of pineapple that it can stimulate your digestive system, which may also help getting things moving along.
Eat spicy food. Again just like eating large amounts of pineapple… Eating spicy food can stimulate your tummy, potentially prompting your uterus into action.
Introduce your exercise ball. Spend time on your exercise ball to help prepare your body for labour while also helping baby make it’s way into the proper position and moving into the birthing canal. Some of the exercises I like to rotate between while using my exercise ball, include: bouncing, pelvic rocking and tilts and rocking on hands and knees. These exercises are also great to use while in labour too.
So while my midwives only provided me with 6 tips to try to prepare your body for labour, it is important to remember that there are many other age old suggestions that one can try, like walking, sex, nipple stimulation, castor oil (although I highly don’t recommend it), just to name a few.
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