With my first pregnancy I was in the Early Stages of Labour from the last week of November. Jasper was born on December 28th after only God knows how many sweeps, a Pitocin injection (which did nothing for me, except make my contractions weaken and leave me drowsy and in need of a long sleep), and everything else that could possibly be done to encourage him out! My active labour was over 20 hours long and I actually ended up having a forceps delivery. So, needless to say that I am now, at 31 weeks + 2, looking into how I can help speed up the process with Phoebe.
One of the biggest recommendations – after a gym ball – is Raspberry Leaf Tea. I came across this when I was past desperation during my pregnancy with Jasper. I started drinking this tea maybe a week before I gave birth to him, going by that experience it didn’t work, however it is advised that you drink it regularly (up to 3 cups a day) from the beginning of the third trimester. So, this time around I am going to take it as it is supposed to be taken and I will be overusing and abusing my gym ball, as well as trying to fit in a 10 minute maternity workout routine everyday. I am rubbish with exercise, so I will try my very best to keep to it and rock it!
So, Raspberry Leaf Tea. I am using the Napiers Mother-To-Be Raspberry Leaf Tea. This is especially formulated for mothers to be, although I have to emphasize that this has not been endorsed by any medical body in the UK, I have done extensive research on this and it is safe to drink during the last trimester. However, as with all things: CHECK WITH YOUR MIDWIFE/ CARE PROVIDER. It’s important to establish as well that this tea does not claim to trigger labour or even shorten it, what it is meant to do is tone your uterus which means that your contractions should be more effective, and thus your labour should progress at a nice, steady pace. It’s also recommended post pregnancy to help your uterus get back into shape after baby. Yes, please!
This is a loose leaf tea, it says to use 2 teaspoons in a large teapot and brew it between 5-10 mins. I have a large teapot, however, I like my tea steaming and fresh – so I’ve invested in one of those stainless steel tea infusers you can plonk in a mug, add the hot water and let it do its thing. I use 2/3 of a teaspoon for each brew which adds up to 2 teaspoons when I’ve had my 3 daily cups. Once it’s brewed it looks similar to black tea, however, it tastes a bit like a herbal detox tea. This is where it gets difficult for me, I am nowhere near to a lover of herbal teas, however, I add a dribble of honey and some lemon and it actually tastes a lot better that way.
Exercise wise, I hate the gym or any form of public exercise, so I have made myself a playlist on youtube and I have already tried and tested all of the exercises in it. They aren’t HIIT, however you do feel them work the areas you need worked during pregnancy.
Best of all, you don’t need any fancy equipment – everything you need you’ll have around the house and if you don’t you can do them without! If you are the type person who likes to have all of the equipment, then below are some links to the ones I actually have purchased.
All in all, I will try my best to stick to it all and we shall see the results.