Do These Natural Methods Really Help Induce Labor?

Do These Natural Methods Really Help Induce Labor?

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After 40 weeks of pregnancy, chances are you are ready to meet your little one and desperate for the pregnancy cycle to be over. You’ve endured through morning sickness, weight gain and endless doctor’s appointments and now that the finish line is in view, time seems to slow to a crawl. Plus, to make matters worse, your little bundle of joy has now decided that they are comfy where they are and willing to stay a wee bit longer. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

For mothers everywhere who are ready to get the show on the road and finally become a parent, this can be very frustrating. We may plead with our doctor to induce labor, but chances are they will simply want nature to take its course, unless there is a medical issue. Of course, this brings about many women trying to encourage their baby to make the move on their own, but are there really natural ways that can help induce labor?

What should I try?

If you have been looking for things to try, you have likely run across many questionable things that people have tried to induce labor. However, many of these natural methods can be dangerous, so it is best to stick with things that doctors recommend.

For example, many doctors recommend having acupuncture in order to induce labor. Acupuncture is used to relax the body and many believe that having this done while you are in your later stages of a pregnancy can actually encourage your body to function properly and may even make labor easier.

Another method is to begin having sex more regularly. Although there is no scientific proof behind this method, there are reasons that having sex may help induce labor. Sex releases certain hormones into the body and many of these hormones are the same ones that are given to women when labor is induced by their doctor.

Do these methods work?

Although there are many methods that both doctors and mothers swear by, there is nothing that is scientifically proven to begin labor. Women’s bodies each work differently and determining what will work for one woman versus the next can be impossible.

However, with the some methods, such as acupuncture and having sex, there are many documented cases where labor began shortly after. In the case of acupuncture, many women were even able to avoid having a C-section. In one study, the chances of a C-section dropped by 10% in women who had acupuncture after week 39 ½ of their pregnancies.

Talk to your doctor

Some natural methods that women have tried for years are fairly harmless; it is a good idea to discuss these methods with your doctor before you try them. For example, many women decide to begin walking to induce labor, but for some women your doctor may not advise to do this.

Likewise, other women have found that eating spice foods has helped induce labor, but for some women who have struggled with heartburn, this may not be a wise decision either. However, there are many things that are said to help that do not necessarily need a doctor’s approval. Below are a few items that you can try that have not shown to require any special permission from your physician.

• Massage
• Meditation
Eating pineapple
• Relaxing
• Talking to your baby

Slow down and enjoy the ride

Although it can be frustrating, sometimes it is best to simply allow nature to take its course and wait impatiently until your baby decides that it is time to come out. Your doctor will eventually decide when it is time to induce labor, but you should try to avoid this if possible. Many women have found that inducing labor actually makes labor more difficult.

When you are in your final weeks of pregnancy, time seems to slow down tremendously. However, once your baby is born, time will speed up and before you know it your baby will be starting school and growing into an adult. As difficult as it may be, you should try to relax and enjoy the time before your baby arrives. You will not be able to get that time back to enjoy the anticipation that you once felt for your new addition.

Your life will change tremendously once you have your baby. Getting to the point where you hold your baby in your arms for the first time is a magnificent journey that you will never forget. Try your best not to rush through the process and allow your body to work on its own. The additional time spent waiting for your baby will make her arrival even more special.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).