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Old 05-07-2012, 02:25 PM   #1
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Use of blue cohosh to help labor get started?

Any experiences to tell about using blue cohosh? My doctor actually suggested it and said he would be fine w/ me using it around 40 weeks.

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I would honestly avoid it... that's one of those herbs that's a little scary because it's been known to cause miscarriages.

I would suggest using EPO and red raspberry leaf tea. And eat a bunch of "Jump Start Your Labor" cookies. I munched them all day the day before my due date, and my water broke early the next morning.

You can also try nipple stimulation... I used that on my due date with DS2 and my water broke like 10 minutes later (used my electric breast pump).

With DS3, I did the nipple stimulation the night before my due date before going to bed (same day I at the Jump Start Your Labor cookies).

Walk a lot, have sex.....

Here is my opinion. Take things that will help you go into labor naturally if your body is labor.. not something (like Cohosh) that will CAUSE labor to start BEFORE you're body is ready. Some babies need that extra week or two to finish baking. Unless the placenta is starting to deteriorate, or your amniotic fluid is low.. or something else dangerous is going on with the baby.... trust your body to do it's job.

Just my opinion.

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I was taught to use blue and black cohosh together...they work synergistic. I believe there is a good blend called Bring on the Birth. Also Mountain Meadow herbs has a good blend to help your labor.
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Thank you for the thoughts/input ladies. I am not sure I am going to use it w/o research. I am taking the RRL capsules (don't like tea at all) right now, I am not due til May 13 so I am still in the waiting game.
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Re: Use of blue cohosh to help labor get started?

Ok.. op, so I owe you an apology, I was wrong. I asked my midwife about it for you, and this is was the conversation through her facebook page:

Me: What is your general opinion on a woman using black or blue cohosh at 40 weeks to try to start labor? Sounds like a bad idea to me, and I told her so... but I'm willing to admit to being wrong if I am. Her OB suggested it to her. Which really surprised me.

Her response: Blue and or black cohosh can help to stimulate contractions. There are many variations/combinations available. Her OB must be a naturalist????

So there ya go.

I COMPLETELY trust my midwife, this is my second pregnancy with her... If she says it's ok to use... then I believe her.

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Old 05-07-2012, 05:58 PM   #6
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I was taught to use blue and black cohosh together...they work synergistic. I believe there is a good blend called Bring on the Birth. Also Mountain Meadow herbs has a good blend to help your labor.
If you're talking about Gentle Birth Formula, I actually tried that w/ my last pregnancy, it did nothing. I had a 5 day labor with a long 6-7 hr pushing effort and it ended in a cesarean delivery.
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Ok.. op, so I owe you an apology, I was wrong. I asked my midwife about it for you, and this is was the conversation through her facebook page:

Me: What is your general opinion on a woman using black or blue cohosh at 40 weeks to try to start labor? Sounds like a bad idea to me, and I told her so... but I'm willing to admit to being wrong if I am. Her OB suggested it to her. Which really surprised me.

Her response: Blue and or black cohosh can help to stimulate contractions. There are many variations/combinations available. Her OB must be a naturalist????

So there ya go.

I COMPLETELY trust my midwife, this is my second pregnancy with her... If she says it's ok to use... then I believe her.

God bless!
Thank you for taking the initiative to ask your midwife and posting her response, that was kind of you! My OB isn't actually an OB. He is a family practice physician who has done births/cesareans for 30 yrs so he might as well be. He said natural things are his favorite because drugs don't do much favor for your body. I wouldn't call him a naturalist really but he did say that over the course of his witnessing births for 30 yrs, he trusts the body to do its job, if you force it to do things its not ready to do (I.e. induce with pitocin), it generally doesn't go well.
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Any experiences to tell about using blue cohosh? My doctor actually suggested it and said he would be fine w/ me using it around 40 weeks.
When my labor stalled with number 3, the midwives gave me black and blue cohosh to take to get the contractions to pick back up. It worked! She was born about 4 hours later.
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Thank you for taking the initiative to ask your midwife and posting her response, that was kind of you! My OB isn't actually an OB. He is a family practice physician who has done births/cesareans for 30 yrs so he might as well be. He said natural things are his favorite because drugs don't do much favor for your body. I wouldn't call him a naturalist really but he did say that over the course of his witnessing births for 30 yrs, he trusts the body to do its job, if you force it to do things its not ready to do (I.e. induce with pitocin), it generally doesn't go well.
You are so very welcome.

And it's awesome that your doctor trust your body to do what it was designed to do, without a bunch of interventions. I happen to agree with him. LOL

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When are you due?

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Old 05-08-2012, 06:57 AM   #10
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May 13, but my last 3 babies were all born at 42, 42, and 43 weeks. cesareans, hoping for a vbac this time and doc doesn't feel comfortable going past 42 weeks.
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