If you are reading this, you must be in the advanced stage of your pregnancy. This means you are probably having difficulties in sleeping or feeling fatigue all the time. Everything your doctor has to say is that your baby is to be born “any day now”, but you can no longer wait patiently. Instead, you feel irritated and frustrated and can’t wait any longer to meet your baby.
If this is the case with you, you can try some of the natural ways to induce labor. There are several ways to induce labor naturally, all of which are absolutely safe for both you and your baby.
One of the most common ways is walking, because the force of gravity helps the cervix ease up and open as the baby’s head is descending into the pelvic region. If you feel pressure while walking, this is the reason. Movement also stimulates the uterus into contractions, so walking is recommended both before and during labor. This is why midwifes ask women in labor to walk to speed up labor.
Sexual intercourse is another way to induce labor naturally. Most women avoid it in this stage of pregnancy; however, during an orgasm, the woman’s body releases a hormone oxytocin which stimulates labor by causing the uterus to contract. In addition, semen contains another hormone, Prostaglandins. It helps soften and ripen the cervix, also inducing labor. Both of these hormones are given to women as medication to induce labor, so why wait when you can have them in a natural way?
Another method of inducing labor naturally is nipple stimulation. Nipple stimulation also releases Oxytocin, causing contractions to begin. However, you should remember not to do it too hard or too much, otherwise you could end up having very strong labor contractions. You can do it with a breastfeeding pump, or manually, in which case you should do it for about 20 minutes. Just roll the nipples between your fingers for two minutes, make a three-minute break and repeat.
Believe it or not, even your house cleaning can induce labor. It’s because of all the walking, bending, and squatting which helps open the pelvic area, stretching the muscles.
Acupressure has proved itself as a safe and helpful method of inducing labor. A pressure point you might want to try is the roof of your mouth, and another one is the webbing of your fingers between your pointer finger and thumb. Or even better, go to a professional, he will know all the acupressure points for stimulating contractions.
For centuries, women have been using various herbs to help induce labor naturally. However, don’t do it without consulting with your doctor, because there are herbs that could be harmful for you and your baby. Some of the herbs often used are Red Raspberry Leaf, False Unicorn Root, and Evening Primrose Oil, which contains Prostaglandins and it is sold as a capsule which you insert into the vagina.
Some food is also believed to influence the beginning of labor, such as pineapple, eggplant, basil, oregano, and spicy food (the irritation of the digestive systems can causes contractions). However, this isn’t always true.
In conclusion, you can try some of these methods, but you still have to be aware that labor won’t start until your baby and your body are ready for it. All you can do is to try to help a little.