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j4 From: j4 Date: March 7th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have heard that tip about sheets too & it sounds very sensible -- fortunately we have lots of sheets (I don't think any of them would count as 'best', frankly!) so this should be do-able. I don't want to sleep on crackly waterproof stuff any more than I have to, so will probably do them in early labour -- I get the impression that one is supposed to be able to move around a fair bit until things really get going. In fact the lovely independent ex-midwife who did our personal antenatal class suggested baking a cake during early labour, because it keeps you occupied, lets you lean on the kitchen units when you need to, & means you've got a cake to eat afterwards! I dunno if I'll take her advice but I certainly like her attitude. :-)

even when you *know* it's a placebo it can still work

Well quite. NB despite my banging on about Proper Science, I reserve the right to demand MOAR PLACEBO if things get really bad. :-}
julietk From: julietk Date: March 8th, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
A is planning on baking bread in early labour! Unless things kick off this evening in which case we will consider pancakes instead :) But yes, waterproofing at that stage sounds reasonable. (Although waterproofing early would also deal with potential water-breakage if that's your first sign of labour, I suppose.)

I am all in favour of placebos where they work :) (I took Evening Primrose Oil for really bad PMT stuff for a year or so, in the full knowledge that there's no good evidence that it helps. It worked, though, so I was quite happy with that pretty much regardless of *why* it worked.)

I found a study based at Oxford Brookes which found pain perception reduction in women who used 'aromatherapy oils' (various according to taste, it seems, including clary sage & lavender) during labour. Again, no comment on the why of it & could quite easily be placebo... or simply experiencing them as relaxing & that relaxation helping with the pain perception. I tried out some of the hypnobirthing/relaxation stuff I've read (for A) the last time I had my period & was surprised at how much it helped -- obviously a very different level of experience (!) but nevertheless interesting. Have used it since on headaches as well with some success.

ION: as a fellow iPad owner, and person of a Similar Age, did you know that Jeff Minter has just released Llamatron for iPad? (Minotron) It is AWESOME, in a 'oh hey where did my weekend go' way.
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: March 28th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
(Prodded by a third party to look at j4's LJ, hence reading weeks-old posts.)

I think that might be the OBU study I took part in. I used lavender and peppermint oils during labour, and frankincense during the caesarean, despite no particular interest or belief in aromatherapy - I didn't consider it at all before it was offered by the midwives, but I didn't see an obvious reason to refuse either. Lavender was relaxing and distracting during contractions - "ooh, I could be in the garden instead of here"; peppermint actually did stop me feeling sick, but then it had done all the way through pregnancy, mostly in the form of Polos; and frankincense was pleasant enough and I suspect worked mostly because they had me inhaling deeply from my cupped hands, which is a known anti-panic technique with or without added scents. So I would say my conclusion is 'if it smells nice to you there and then, why not?' rather than 'hey, this stuff is brilliant, try it'. :)
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