Natural Ways to Induce Labor

Natural Ways to Induce Labor

Quite a few people question the existence of the natural ways to induce labor or their efficiency, but, the truth is that labor can be induced in several ways, some safe, others a bit riskier. If the due date has passed and you cannot wait to hold your baby in your arms, if you are afraid something bad may happen and you do not want a C-section or you simply cannot cope with the pain and the discomfort, there are several techniques you can try, but none of them is a sure shot. The right combination, however, might trigger the wonderful event and introduce your baby to you fast and easy. Here are the best 5 ways to induce labor. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Walking helps

As hard as it may seem to believe, walking will help, as gravity and hip movement bring the baby down towards the pelvis, at the same time preparing the muscle for the exhausting physical effort that labor represents. So go for a long walk around the neighborhood, or even better take a walk on the beach, as walking in the sand adds just a bit more exertion to assist baby making its way down.

Sex

Although you may not be in the mood, sex is an excellent trigger. Sperm contains hormones that help in thinning and dilating the cervix. Nipple stimulation also helps to speed up birth. Orgasms cause a release of oxytocin in your body, a substance proved to trigger contractions. It also helps you get rid of the tension accumulated throughout the several months of pregnancy. And besides, once baby comes, you will need to wait about 6 weeks before resuming sexual relations, so you might as well take advantage of the opportunity now.

Massage

Another way to achieve almost the same results that sex enables is massage. There are special massage techniques that raise the levels of oxytocin. Also, due to the feelings of coziness and warmth, massage usually announces to the baby that mother is relaxed and now might be time to make its appearance.

Labor-inducing herbs

There are many herbs that are known for their efficacy in inducing labor.

Evening primrose oil – it can be taken either in the form of capsules (inserted in the vagina) or as oil, rubbed on the cervix; it is not recommended as a remedy for women with placenta previa.

Red raspberry leaf

Castor oil – stimulates bowel movement and irritates the uterus, causing contractions.

Acupuncture therapy

Another natural way, more expensive than the ones presented above, is acupuncture therapy, involving the insertion of needles in specific pressure points. Acupressure (a combination between massage and acupuncture) is also known to be very effective in inducing birth.

There are many natural ways to induce labor you can try, but, before that, it is highly recommended to consult a doctor and make sure that the baby is fully developed and your body is ready to deliver.

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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).