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42 weeks pregnant

Tea time?

Some women swear by red raspberry leaf capsules or tea as a uterine conditioner. In some cases, it can strengthen mild contractions of early labor. Try having a few cups every day to see if that helps get things going. At the least, you will get a little more fluid to help flush your system -- always a good thing during pregnancy.

Castor oil

A reader writes, "Will castor oil put you in labor, and if so is there any harm to the baby?" David Barrere, MD answers, "Contrary to what you may have heard, castor oil or other bowel stimulants should not be used to provoke labor. While they can initiate contractions, they tend to produce significant abdominal discomfort and may cause dehydration and electrolyte disturbances that can endanger both mother and child."

Click here to read some of his recommendations for getting something started!

In real life

From Lisa's birth story: "It was June 8, and I was 12 days late, very anxious and very swollen. The doctor was to induce me tomorrow. I had to go to the hospital for an appointment for an injection of prostaglandin gel that afternoon (1:00pm). It was supposed to ripen my cervix in preparation for pitocin the next day. My mother drove me in for the injection and immediately I started having contractions. They were about 2 minutes apart but were only obvious on the monitor... in other words, I wasn't feeling anything. My husband was in New Jersey getting our house ready and starting his new job. He was coming up to Pennsylvania late that night to be on time for the morning induction." Click here to read the rest!

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