Natural Ways To Induce
Women have long known about natural ways
to induce labor, and midwives teach these techniques every day. They
can prevent you from meducal labor induction, and as long as you
have reached your 41nd week, it is safe for you to try them. Many of
these natural ways to induce labor involve herbs and foods that have
helped women kick start labor for centuries.
Nipple stimulation releases a hormone
called oxytocin. The synthetic form of oxytocin is Pitocin, which is
commonly used to medically induce labor. Thus the increase of the
natural hormone oxytocin, which is produced by your own body, can
help you start labor.
In order to release oxytocin, stimulate
your nipples by rolling them between your thumb and forefingers for
2 minutes and rest for 3 minutes. Repeat rolling and resting for 20
minutes. This should start the womb contractions of a full time
Bumpy car ride
It may sound like an old wives tail, but
it has worked for many.
Sex is widely used as a method for
inducing labor. The prostaglandin in man?s semen can ripen the
cervix. The orgasm of the pregnant woman can stimulate your body to
go into labor when you pregnancy is full-time. You might not feel
like having sex in the last month of your pregnancy, but it beats a
cesarean and medical induction. If you really are not in the mood
try using his sperm by inserting it in your vagina as close to the
cervix as you can.
Walking and swinging in a swing may
start the labor. Some people have found squatting for short periods
to help in inducing labor naturally. Also hula dancing, or belly
dancing can be helpful.
Tension works against labor. Relieve it,
let everything go, and you may be surprised to find yourself in
labor. It?s important to find an effective way to get relaxed.
Listen to some relaxation tapes - or have a good cry! Some women
swear by a good cry: they get a tearjerker from a video store and
have a good bawl to relieve tension.
Get quiet and relaxed, and imagine how
you have your wonderful baby on your arms. Then magine backwards:
what happens before you?ll have your baby until to the moment of the
first contraction. Hypnosis or self-hypnosis has been known to
really do wonders.
Castor oil has been widely used as a
traditional method of inducing labor. It can be taken by mouth or as
an enema. Using
Castor oil to induce labor encourages bowel movement and works
as a laxative. The taste is bad and can easily cause you to feel
nauseous. In order to take castor oil by mouth, mix two full
tablespoons in a small amount of range juice. Swallowing a large
amount of castor oil is poisonous, so it should be consumed with
For labor, several herbs are used to
induce labor or to stimulate contractions. Do not take any of these
herbs without first conferring with a midwife, physician, and a
Blue and Black Cohosh can be found in
form of tincture and black cohosh as a tea as well. Blue Cohosh is
said to be effective but this herb has been connected with infant
heart attack. Black Cohosh increases the risk of severe
hemorrhage, which can be very serious issue during labor and
cesarean section. The homeopathic remedies of these herbs don?t
have these risks. For Blue
Cohosh the homeopathic remedy is Caulophyllum and for
Black Cohosh it is Cimifuga racemosa.
Cumin tea is used by midwives in
South-America. Prepare by adding 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds to one
cup of boiling water and allow to steep for 5 minutes before
drinking. Cumin tea is bitter. You can add a raw cube of potato
into the tea, because it absorbs the bitterness of the cumin. You
can add sugar orhoney as well to improve the taste. Don?t drink
more than 1 cup an hour per day.
Red raspberry leaf
Raspberry leaf tea is a "uterine
conditioner" according to the herbalists. At least it tastes
An enzyme in the Pineapple fruit is
reputed to ripen the cervix andhelp to start the labor. In order to
get enough this enzyme, you have to eat a lot of pineapple.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil is said to ripen
the cervix when it is used internally 5 gel caps up against the
Maternity Acupressure Points to Induce
Acupressure means applying pressure on
specific spots on your body with fingertips. Specific acupressure
points on your body to go into labor. These points can be found on
shoulders, hands, lower legs and ankles. You can find an acupressure
specialist to apply labor inducing accupressure. Because acupressure
techniques are very simple, you or your partner can stimulate these
points as well. Treat the points known to stimulate labor by
pressing them and massaging them with small circular motion for 1-5
minutes few times a day.
Specific maternity acupressure points
encourage the baby to engage, help the cervix to ripen and stimulate
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