A Guide to
Natural Labor Inducing
When you?re pregnant, chances are you?ll
be anxiously counting down the days to your labor and will probably
be especially uncomfortable during the last few days or so of your
third trimester. But this is not inevitable.
If your baby is two days overdue, most
doctors won?t advise you to induce labor. However, after this mark,
it?s probably time to lure him out. In addition to the nagging
discomfort an overdue baby can cause on his mother, the longer the
baby stays in the womb ? the greater his risk is of health
complications. Similarly, if your health or the baby?s health is
vulnerable for any reason, doctors may recommend induced labor early
on ? or a cesarean section.
So, if you?re baby is intent on making a
late entrance but you?d prefer not to go through a medically induced
labor, here are some natural labor inducing remedies.
If you?ve begun to dilate, then there
are a number of things you can do in the comfort of your own home to
induce your labor.
One of the most curious natural labor
inducing remedies is to eat spicy foods! Pineapples are also
Other remedies, however, make a lot more
sense and they include simply walking about. The movement will cause
the fetus to press down on your cervix and possibly initiate labor.
Acupuncture and massage all have a reputation for inducing labor as
Intercourse is a commonly used natural
labor inducing remediey as well. When a woman has sex, a hormone
called oxytocin is released and this causes her uterus to contract.
Simultaneously, a man?s semen is released, softening the cervix.
If you?re not up for sex, which is
understandable if you?re over 37-weeks pregnant, having your partner
stimulate your nipples can have the same effect as intercourse. On
that same note, if you?re still breastfeeding another child, this
can also serve to stimulate your nipples and induce labor.
A grittier way to induce labor is to
have your doctor or midwife stretch out your uterine opening
membranes ? once you let this done, you might find yourself in labor
within 48 hours.
Other natural labor inducing remedies
are a little less hands-on and include a diet of tea, like Red
Rasberry Leaf Tea, and/or administered herbs, like blue and black
cohosh. You can mix oils like Clary Sage Oil with lotion and rub
them on yourself too; these oils are often very effective in either
promoting contractions or beginning labor. Drinking Castor Oil helps
as well, but it?s not the tastiest.
Remember that even herbs can have side
But remember that most babies aren?t
eager to come out even if the doctors say they should, so don?t
worry if your baby is hanging on past his due date. And keep in mind
that all the natural remedies in the world don?t add up to anything
if you haven?t dilated yet or your baby is simply not ready to be
born. Patience is a virtue!
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