We tend to put so much focus on baby stuff, that often a stocked house of things to help mom are forgotten until they are needed.
Based on recommendations from friends and some of you, I’ve stocked up on the following:
Big overnight pads + stool softener. You just never know…
Washable breast pads
Two kinds – an organic kind from Babies R Us and Medela brand
Gel pads – you can freeze them for comfort
Nipple cream that I’ve seen a few bloggers recommend (and lanolin too)
A blog reader sent me these sitz bath tea bags ages ago and I tucked them away…until now!
That throw-away stash of underwear…
Gina also sent me some fenugreek [Fenugreek seeds are thought to increase milk supply]
I’ve been sipping raspberry leaf tea since 37 weeks started.*
I like it better iced than hot (although I do like it hot but iced is easier to sip between meals in the summertime). I put 4 teabags in 4 cups of boiling water and steep for 15 minutes. Then store in the fridge in a pitcher and sip 1 cup a day.
I might increase the cups per day as 39 weeks gets closer. I’m trying to be conservative introducing the tea. The tea is thought to tone the uterus and prepare it for efficient contractions – it is not supposed to induce labor.
I also started taking evening primrose after 37 weeks by mouth. A conservative one gel per day. I might try it the other way when I reach 39 weeks. Caitlin wrote posts on both raspberry leaf and EPO on her Babble blog for more info and sources. EPO also won’t induce labor – it is thought to help soften the cervix so when labor does start, it dilates and effaces easier. My only goal by taking these is to hopefully make labor go more smoothly.
I also read in Fit Pregnancy this summer that dates have a compound similar to oxytocin that meant women were less likely to need medication to start labor or keep it going. Who cares if this is just a wives tale – I like dates! So I’ve been eating them more.
One thing I have changed my tune about: castor oil. I used to think I might try it on my due date, but the more I’ve read about birth, the more I consider it an intervention. Baby might not be totally ready to come out yet and I don’t want to jump start things (unlike those things above, castor oil CAN induce labor with the cramps it causes the intestines). So unless I have an induction with pitocin scheduled for the morning, I don’t think I’m going to mess with castor oil.
*Talk to your doctor or midwife before doing any of these things!!
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