Liquid calcium for labor

One reader asked about my use of liquid calcium during labor.

I first discovered liquid calcium when I had my wisdom teeth pulled.  I don’t remember how I found out about it, but the theory is that it helps you to relax and makes you less sensitive to pain.  Since I had heard plenty of horror stories about having wisdom teeth extracted, I was looking for something to help me relax.  Lower pain sensitivity sounded good too.

I took several tablespoons of the nasty chalky stuff, went in to have the first 2 teeth pulled, and came out pleasantly surprised.  It was not at all scary or traumatic, and I had absolutely no pain afterward.

In fact, it was so easy that I forgot all about the calcium when I went back for the next two extractions.

I was far more tense this time; I jumped; I squeaked when he tugged and twisted; and I dug into the arms of the chair with an iron grip.  The difference was so marked that my dentist noticed and expressed concern: “Am I being too rough this time?  You seem awfully tense.  Am I hurting you?”

It wasn’t until I got home that I realized I had forgotten to take calcium this time.  Sure, it’s anecdotal evidence and we all knows how much that means, but I was sold.

I don’t remember exactly when I started taking liquid calcium for labor, but I do remember when it rose to a prominent place on my list of Labor Necessities.

With our 5th daughter, I had a long slow labor, 30 hours in all.  Don’t pity me; the first 28 hours were very easy; I slept well during the night, and enjoyed normal activity during the day.  But it was steady labor nonetheless.  After she was born, I had the most nightmarish afterpains of my life – they rivalled labor itself, left me shaking too badly to hold a glass or stand for 15 minutes afterward, and nearly knocked me out cold more than once.  This happened with every feeding.

My midwife suggested that my calcium might have been depleted by the extended labor and I jumped on her advice to take a dose of liquid calcium with each feeding.  The pains diminished by 90% or more immediately, and I have never again faced labor without a bottle at hand.  I have also never experienced afterpains like those again.

So here’s what I do:

During labor: 1-2 Tbs of liquid calcium every hour or two once labor is well established.

After birth: 1-2 Tbs with each feeding until afterpains diminish.  If I’m not having any significant afterpains, I don’t take the calcium.

OK, to tell the truth, I’m totally guessing about amounts.  I drink it straight from the bottle.  But I promise I never drink from the milk jug ot the juice carton, so don’t worry if you come to visit.  But you might want to decline if hubby offers you any special chocolatey ice cream out of a very small carton.  I guarantee I have been partaking directly from that.  🙂


  1. Thank you so much for the calcium tip!! I’m just reading through your archives…we had our fourth child (first post vasectomy reversal) last September and the afterpains sometimes felt worse than labour! I’m hoping the Lord blesses us with a sibling for our baby boy sometime soon, and I will definitely try liquid calcium.

  2. kwalityck says:

    I have taken an herbal liquid called Blue Vervain during my last 3 labors and it is wonderful. It doesn’t taste the best, but I just mix it with a little herbal mint tea and you are only taking maybe 10 drops of the herb at a time anyway. It sounds like the liquid calcium is similar in what it does. The herb is also a muscle relaxer and is manufactured and distributed by Good Herbs out of Troy, Michigan. I just buy it from my local health food store. That is the one thing that I would never want to go through labor without, and my turns in about 4 wks.

    Congrats on the baby girl! Just waiting to hear the name.

  3. I started taking calcium supplements for menstral cramps, and it has worked wonders for me. Much less clotting and much less cramps!!

  4. Yes, y’all caught me. The computer was logged in as Perry when I posted abut the calcium. Some of the girls were giggling about Dad’s labor tips, and suggesting that maybe he needs pain relief too when I squeeze his arm too hard or his back locks up from supporting my awkward positions.
    I don’t keep track of which brands I have tried but as far as I know, all liquid calcium tastes like minty chalk. I certainly don’t enjoy the flavor, but I’m willing to force down a gulp every now and then.
    I know there are some yummy calcium chews available (Viactin, or something like that?) but am not sure if they are absorbed as quickly as the liquid.
    I have also seen recipes for Labor-Ade that call for crushing/dissolving calcium tablets in a lemon-ade type mixture; the acid is supposed to help speed along absorption while the sugar provides energy. If you can’t get past the chalky flavor of the bottled variety you might want to do a google search for one of those recipes.

  5. I’ll definitely keep that in mind for my next labour! Thanks for the info!

  6. Caroline says:

    I also find it funny that this was posted by Perry C. You guys are funny.

    How is the baby and how was The Boy’s 2nd birthday?

  7. Okay, so where and what brand of this do you take? I have a very close friend who suffers extreme pain with osteo ????? arthritis, would this help her?


  8. Do you have a brand preference? Do you have a prefered store to purchase it at?

    This is good info for me to have in a few months 😉

  9. oh wow, i wish i had know that after my last birth (#4) the nursing/afterpains were really bad, i kept asking for more and more IB… now i know!! oh yeah and CONGRATS!!!!! she beautiful!!! little girls are just the best… uhoh, i better watch it, these birth stories and pictures are starting to make me “itch” for another lil’ one!

  10. Calcium and magnesium together helps with baby blues. PMS also, magnesium calms your nerves and calcium reduces pain.

  11. Two things:
    Kei is going in in a week and a half to have her wisdom teeth extracted – I am DEFINITELY picking some up for her!

    I tried liquid calcium several pregnancies ago and gagged on it…maybe you could share your brand…is it not so bad? Because come February, I just might be picking myself up some of that magical stuff!! WONDERFUL advice!

    Thanks! (It’s time for bed: I typed “thanks” four times before I got it right!)

  12. I read many years ago (before having any children) a section in some Rodales’ Health Encyclopedia or something about childbirth. Calcium was recommended there for labor, for the same reasons you mentioned. I have taken calcium pills during some of my labors. I can’t really say if it was too effective or not–not of my labors have been too bad, but I can’t think which labors I took the pills and which I didn’t! I’ll try the liquid for this next one though.

    The book also recommended a very, very strong raspberry tea concoction as you are in active labor. I do that for all my labors, and I do think that helps–maybe it’s just psychological though! : )

    Congratulations, and I will be anxious to see the name you pick!

  13. Why, oh why could I not have heard about this four days ago? I just posted thursday evening about my bad experience having my wisdom teeth out. I’m still suffering-jaw pain, tenderness, can barely open my mouth.
    Am still waiting to hear that name!

  14. Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl! She is beautiful!
    Many more Blessings to You!

  15. I’m waiting to hear the name…. any clues yet?

    I am totally depressed as I really thought you and I might be having our babies together, and I am still pregnant. I am def. nesting, though! So maybe I’ll be holding my little one soon.

  16. Erin M in MO says:

    I am also chuckling that it says posted by Perry!!

    Thanks for the tips and for sharing your birth story. Congratulations again on your precious little one!

  17. I used it for severe monthly female pain and it did nothing. I have never heard of using calcium for labor and afterpains. I am glad to hear it works. Congratulations on the new girl!

  18. Lois Groat says:

    I am finding myself amused by the fact that this post says “by Perry C.”


  19. Afterpains have become so PAINFUL now that I have had several labors. (5 so far!) So, I’m grateful for this tip- I’ll have to ask my midwives about this one!

    Enjoy that new baby!

  20. I have never heard of using liquid calcium for labor pains and you can bet i will now! After three home births, I’ll welcome a little relief next time around.

  21. Thank you for sharing this. One of the things that scares me when I think about getting pregnant again, is the after pains. It is encouraging to hear that calcium has helped you so much. Do you have a brand/type that you recommend?
    Also, congratulations on your new little one! She is beautiful.

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