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- 20-07-2010, 10:48 AM #1
Glass of wine to bring on labour?
Now I'm 40+1, and my mum and sister have both suggested a glass of wine to help induce labour...
I don't think I could do it (I've held out this long, so what's the point, you know?) but I'm curious as to know if anyone else has heard of this?
I don't want to be told its irresponsible, not worth it, etc, as I don't plan on doing it (I'd have to go buy a whole bottle of wine anyway, which for one glasses worth seems like a waste ).
I just want to know where it comes from, and what the facts are behind it
My baby girl ~ The 3-year-old!
- 20-07-2010, 10:52 AM #2
I've heard it, but no idea the reasoning behind it.
I also had a friend who at birth classes was told to relax and have a glass of wine in early labour. (yes I did say at birth classes and it was only last year!)Me and DH
DS Our gorgeous Goo Boy
Our beautiful "little" Pumpkin
March 2011, 4.52kg (9lb 15oz), 53cm, HC 36cm
- 20-07-2010, 10:54 AM #3
hehe nope havent heard of that one....i figure it'd be more of a stress releif...plus you'd be a lil tipsy hehe.....try a long walk then DTDMy mother always taught me, "If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all"
- 20-07-2010, 10:55 AM #4
I've heard the old wives tale somewhere before too.
Pfft, if only it was that easy, I wouldn't have had two inductions!Me DH
"Mr Chatterbox!" May 2007
"Miss If My Big Bro Can Do It, I Can Do It Too!" June 2009
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- 20-07-2010, 10:56 AM #5
Not heard of it either!ME and DH =
DD1 - 5 DS - 3 + DD2 - Aug 2010
- 20-07-2010, 11:00 AM #6
My midwife told me to do it with DS only a couple of months ago and yes, it worked! Its to relax and stop stressing, she didn't believe it would do any damage at all. I had mine in a nice warm bath whilst reading a book, 3 hours later i woke up and was at the hospital 10 mins later and 8cm dilated! I would def recommend!Me (28) - Mr Sunshine (31)
Baby #1 M Born 18th of March 2007Blue Baby #2 Born 26th of April 2010
- 20-07-2010, 11:06 AM #7Member
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I've heard of it before too, didn't try it though with DD. I think it is like Sunshine said that it's supposed to relax you and thus bring on labour because stress hormones can stall the process (at least my MW said that labour often slows down when you get to the hospital because you're not as relaxed as when you're at home, maybe someone in the know can tell if this really is the case?)
- 20-07-2010, 11:06 AM #8
Its because of the tannins in wine. Reds hold more tannin then white.
Tannins are considered by some to have the same effect that rasp leaf tea would have in helping with preparing to labour.
I tried it at 41 weeks, it made absolutely no difference. bubs wont move till bubs is ready
- 20-07-2010, 11:34 AM #9
Totally agree with the above poster..this is now my third pregnancy and I'm totally over it too....the man who said a pregnancy lasts around 40 weeks was wrong anyway...it is more closer to 42 weeks (based on 10 lunar months).....we just need to find something to keep ourselves focused everyday to keep our minds off 'when is it going to happen'
Hopefully your little one joins you soon.ME: Kirsten 27
DH: Heath 28
DS: Myles 5 diagnosed with autism
DS: Angus 1
DS: Owen - joined our family early August 2010
- 20-07-2010, 11:35 AM #10
My MIL went to the hospital for some unrelated reason and told her I was trying to beat an induction so the nurse told her to tell me to have a glass or 2 of wine and some sex....... (well that was an awkward conversation having with my MIL and her having it with DH as well )
It is meant to help relax your body.....
We tried with the wine and sex, but the latter part didn't happen....was too weird knowing MIL suggested it!!!!
GOod luck!Mummy Daddy
4yrs and 6mths
born 22/3/07, 3.36kg, 51cm HC 36cm, Spina Bifida
Annabelle Grace Mary
born 21/7/09, 3.11kg, 50cm HC 32cm, Soft and Hard Cleft Palate and PRSAngel baby gone to heaven at 10weeks 10th August 2007