calcium for pain relief in labor ?

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Has anyone heard that taking 200mg calcium at the onset of labor can help with pain? I looked on Google and came up with a few interesting articles, but wondered if anyone here has tried it / will try it.

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chie96,
I haven't tried it but in Heart & Hands, Elizabeth Davis suggests eating food that is high in calcium (at the start of labor). I was also curious about this.
Firefly
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I plan on taking 500mg cal/mag the last two weeks of pregnancy.
And when labor starts, I'll take it every hour. This is upon my midwifes suggestion. Cal/Mag is an excellet pain releiver and eases muscle contractions. I will see how this works in Sept.!:D
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i know that not having enough calcium and manganese (SP?) in your diet will make your cramps worse (period), so it makes sense that it might help with labor .
hmmm
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Red raspberry leaf is very high in calcium and many women take this herb (I drank tea daily) throughout pregnancy.
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Originally posted by chie96
Has anyone heard that taking 200mg calcium at the onset of labor can help with pain? I looked on Google and came up with a few interesting articles, but wondered if anyone here has tried it / will try it. My midwives just brough this up because I've been having leg cramps. They said to take calcium for them because it will help relax the muscle and make it work properly, and they did mention that it will help with contractions in labor, as well. We'll see!
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magnesium is wonderful for nerve and muscle pain, perhaps it is the magnesium in the calcium supplement that is actually helping.
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I have muscle tested very strongly for both calcium and magnesium this prgnancy. When I forget to take them I have killer charlie horses at night but when I do take them I have no problems. Specifically, Calium Lactate and magnesium lactate, by standard process supplements (which you can only get thru a helathcare person such as naturpath or chiro) is what I am on.
Magnesium deficiency can put a woman into premature labor. If this happens the hospital will often put the woman on magnesium sulfate, which is really yucky but does the trick.
I had muscle cramps and contractions yesterday (a little early for my liking at 36 weeks) and my chiro upped my dosage of magnesuim lactate from 2 little capsules to four...it worked like a charm...no contractions since then. Magnesuim deficiency contractions are a bit scary because they are totally muscular contractions...there is no hormonal boost behind them. Women who experience these contractions, according to my chiro, often end up with c sections because they do not "progress".
I haven't heard about the correlation with pain relief, but wouldn't doubt it and will ask my health care providers about that tomorrow!
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TY everyone! I think I will try it - I already consume 4 servings / dairy each day and take my prenatals so I know that I am OK in the calcium dept, but figure that another 2000 mg can't hurt :D! Hopefully it won't be too much longer.
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also, I checked with my chiro on this one, as I said I would, and yes, she reckons both calcium and magnesium help lessen labor pains. the reasoning...magnesium deficiency causes contractions that aren't backed up by hormones...and so they are more painful.
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Just my .02: I have a friend who swears by this. She takes a capsule every hour in early labor. It makes total sense why it works. My chiro also says not to count on dairy for your calcium intake anyway. Something about it isn't assimilated the best. I'm taking about 1500mg. right now. My legs tell me (plus muscle testing) what is sufficient. I'm counting on it for labor, hopefully soon.
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I was just going through my old notes and found a note from my first midwife to take calcuim hourly after the birth for after pains. The midwife with my second child didn't mention this, and I'd forgotten, and the after pains were worse than the labour! Will definitely take them this time, but I have to say it didn't occur to me to take them during labour. I just might try that!
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I'm mainly replying here so that it pushes this thread further up the page...I just think that it sounds like important enough information that I wouldn't want anybody to miss it. Also I came across a bit about it in Susun weed's herbal for the childbearing year...she also specifically recommends calcium lactate, which is the form of calcium that I have muscle tested for. The hourly idea sounds like a really good call, mamajamz...I think that's what I'll be doing next time I feel twinges! Its also neat to note that Susun weed not only says that it eases pain, but I believe she says...let me see....ah yes.. that it "encorage(s) normal labor" under her section on seeing to stalled labors.
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OK...this is really interesting to me--wish I had known about it after my 3rd son was born. The afterbirth contractions were worse than labor:P Maybe a silly question, but what about kidney stones due to an excess of calcium--anyone have this problem?
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I did this with my first birth. It did seem to help. My birth was a natural birth center birth. I did the whole herb thing throughout my pregnancy and added some other herbs the last 6 weeks.
I took calcium the whole pregnancy added more the last few weeks of pregnancy and took it in labor until I puked in transition. My labor was about 8 hours start (first started noticing contractions were regular) to finish but it was all very bearable and I would say transition was at the most uncomfortable.
I do recall cursing Eve in my head, not out loud. But, that was a long time ago. LOL!
I actually had my first water birth for my 16 month old and that was a wonderful experience. It really helps with the pressure and the crowning does not have that intense burning.
I am planning waterbirth, herbs, and calcium for my baby due sometime late summer. We are also planning for an unassisted birth. This will be our 3rd unassisted.
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OOh cool, never thought about it helping stalled labor--I wonder about helping "false" labor to get a move on.
I've never heard of anyone getting kidney stones from an excess intake of calcium. I've always heard that those who get them, get them because their own body produces an excess of calcium. So, if your particular body doesn't do that, then you don't have to worry since calcium is a water soluble mineral. It's worth looking into though. ANybody else have more info on this?