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26/03/2013 at 09:14
I'm sure someone posted this a while back but when do you start taking it and does it actually work?
I've spent so long worrying this one will be early and now as time goes on I'm starting to worry about the problems of delivering a whopper!
26/03/2013 at 09:17
I took it from about 32 weeks IIRC. I had capsules rather than drinking the tea. Don't know about it working but I only had a 6-hour labour and the last 4 hours or so with no pain relief and felt fine! I think it's supposed to make your contractions more efficient.
My MW said from 37 weeks though I'm sure I've read earlier on here. She said it works for some, not others but was very adamant about the hot curry thing kicking things off!
26/03/2013 at 09:40
The tablets you can take from about 35/36 weeks, and the tea is from a couple of weeks earlier. I felt that it helped with the 2nd stage of labour as it was quick with both of mine.
I've been taking since 34 weeks:
34wks - 1 cup tea per day
35wks - 1 tablet a day plus 1 cup tea
36wks - 2 tablets a day plus 2 cups tea
37wks - 3 tablets a day plus 2 cups tea
38wks - 4 tablets a day plus 2 cups tea
39wks onwards - 5 tablets a day plus 2 cups tea
That's what I read online after lots of reading up and it doesn't exceed the dose on the tablets.
26/03/2013 at 09:47
I started drinking one cup a day from 34 weeks the had 2-3 a day from 37 weeks. I think it worked for me as I dilated quite quickly, especially towards the end.
26/03/2013 at 09:48
My MW was being quite cautious then! She did say they're not officially meant to recommend it as it's alternative so was perhaps being extra safe!
Where do you get the tablets from?
26/03/2013 at 09:59
I had 2 cups of tea from about 35 weeks with B (didn't have it with J) and i had a much better labour this time round!
26/03/2013 at 10:08
I got the tablets from holland and Barrett as apparently the tea tastes awful. It didn't work at all for me- 30 hours of labour and still only at 4cm and ending with a c section. I would take it as it doesn't do any harm, but not sure it actually works, I think if you're going to have a quick labour you will anyway- same as stretch marks- I think some people are prone to them and others aren't regardless of what cream you use
26/03/2013 at 10:09
Holland & Barrett for the tablets, much better than the tea.
I make the tea then let it go cold with the bag still in, then it tastes like squash which is much better!
26/03/2013 at 10:29
I have lots of spare capsules if anyone wants them for free. The bottles have been opened but the capsules are still fine. You can either swallow them as they are or open them up, pour out the powder and add water to make the tea.
26/03/2013 at 10:37
Thanks ladies. Saisi that would be great if you are sure? Thank you. Or happy to share with others? Will of course pay for postage x
26/03/2013 at 10:47
Of course Lamby, don't worry about the postage it's probably only a couple of quid and not worth the hassle! Send me your address to email removed and I'll try to pop them in the post tomorrow as I doubt we'll get out the house today!
26/03/2013 at 10:52
Aw thank you so much, that's really kind of you - I'm very grateful! Will email you now and absolutely no hurry to post :)
26/03/2013 at 11:33
Just to add, i have been told by a consultant NOT to take if you have had a previous c section. Apparently it tones your uterus rather thsn bringing labour on and makes contractions stronger. Because it can make contractions stronger there is a chance of increasing the risk of a section scar rupturing x
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