Herbal Medicines in Last Six Weeks of Pregnancy and During Labor
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Herbal Medicines in Last Six Weeks of Pregnancy and During Labor

During the last six weeks before delivery, this formula will make labor easier and help the delivery: Drink a tea of squaw vine, black cohosh, pennyroyal, red raspberry, and a pinch of lobelia.
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Last Six Weeks

Herb Mix

During the last six weeks before delivery, this formula will make labor easier and help the delivery: Drink a tea of squaw vine, black cohosh, pennyroyal, red raspberry, and a pinch of lobelia. Or take false unicorn, squaw vine, pennyroyal, black cohosh, red raspberry, and blessed thistle.

K Factor (Anemia)

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Nettle Leaf

This useful herb, taken as a tea, improves the K factor in your blood during last month. It is a blood coagulant. This means that if bleeding starts, it is more likely to stop right away. Nettle leaf tea strengthens the entire body (including the kidneys). Taken during the last month before delivery, this will increase vitamin K in both the mother and child.

Premature Labor

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Wild Yam Root

Wild yam has antispasmodic qualities. It relaxes muscles, reduces spasms, convulsions, and cramps. It also helps the liver. It stops premature labor (miscarriage), and is also good for morning sickness because it balances female hormones. For threatened miscarriage, take 8-10 drops of the tincture every hour as long as needed. Sip the tea to reduce morning sickness.

During Labor

Assist Labor

Black Cohosh with Blue Cohosh

Taken together, these two herbs assist labor from the time the baby has dropped. They should be taken together; for blue cohosh gets the contractions going and black cohosh makes the contractions rhythmic. This makes labor easier; and the contractions become consistent and regular. But it is important to take both herbs together for the best effect. They help relieve pain and soothe irritation of the uterus and cervix. Take 8-10 drops of the tincture. Either take sublingually (place under the tongue and let it dissolve) or drink with water. In order to stimulate labor contractions, start with 5 drops of black cohosh under the tongue; then alternate with 5 drops of blue cohosh. Alternate them for 4 times. These two herbs help initiate labor by stimulating contractions. They also help the afterbirth come out. Begin with 5 drops of the two herbs combined; this can be increased to 8 to 10. Repeat every 20 to 30 minutes, but stop after you have taken the drops 4 times.

Caution: Do not stimulate contractions until the baby's head is engaged (has dropped into the pelvic cavity). Using these two herbs to start labor increases the possibility of ruptured membranes which, in turn, increases the possibility of a prolapsed cord. (Source: Natural Remedies Encyclopedia)

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Partridge Berry

Indian squaws living in western New York would drink it for 2-3 weeks before and during delivery, because it made the delivery so much easier.

Formulas

A formula to make delivery easier: Mix equal parts of black haw, red raspberry, partridge berry, blessed thistle, and licorice or sarsaparilla. Make a tea and drink it just before delivery.

A formula at time of delivery: Add 2 parts each of lemon balm, lavender, and holy basil, and 1 part each pansy flowers and borage. Alternate drinking this tea with a tea of red raspberry leaf.

Avoid Perineal Tears

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Arnica

While in labor, gently rub arnica oil over the lip of the cervix. This will help protect it from tearing. Do not take internally.

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Evening Primrose Oil

Place on the cervix to help soften it. Slowly rub it into the rigid part. This is especially helpful for mothers bearing their first child (primaparias). But do not place it on a loose cervix; for you do not want the child to come out too rapidly.

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