Hello Friends and Followers =)
As many of you probably know, I am 37 weeks pregnant! (Ill stop saying it if its getting annoying)! What this means is that the baby is considered full term and could potentially come at any moment, although our due date isn’t till October 31st!
Regardless, this baby has been cooking for 9 months now, and I am so ready to get this bun out of the oven! So as I sit at my computer this morning eating my daily dose of dates and drinking my Nescafe Vanilla Latte , I am obsessively looking for ways to naturally (and safely) induce labor!
Not only is getting out for a walk during pregnancy oh so important to get your blood flowing and remain active, but it can also help induce labor (if you are ready of course!) A simple jaunt around the block can help ease your baby further down into your pelvis. this means that labor could be on its way sooner, rather than later.
But remember that every pregnant mother is different! My baby has been engaged since 29 weeks and there is still no sign of labor!! While I still try to go for walks everyday it has become pretty painful to walk for long amounts of time because the baby is positioned so low and pushes down on my pelvis!
Evening Primrose Oil
This oil, taken orally or inserted directly into the vagina can help soften and dilate the cervix prepping your body for labor! Using EPO is a common practice by midwives all over the world to help induce labor, and while it is totally safe, make sure you consult your doctor or midwife before using any natural supplements to induce labor!
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Like Evening Primrose Oil, Red Raspberry Leaf tea can also help soften and dilate the cervix! Try sipping this Third Trimester Tea from Earth Mama to get you a little bit closer to delivery day!
I am a little bit skeptical of this one but ill mention it anyway! Castor oil is a natural laxative known to stimulate your bowels and cause intestinal spasms! These spasms can help kick start those dreaded labor contractions. While this may be a good option, caster oil does not taste very good (not at all!) and may end up causing a bad case of diarrhea instead of including labor! If you are desperate, go ahead and try it, although I probably wont be trying it any time soon!
Another great way of inducing labor! Not only can it potentially start labor contractions but prostaglandins in sperm can help dilate and ripen the cervix!
Not feeling it? A good cuddle might just do the trick as well! When you are relaxed and close to your partner your brain releases Oxytocin, a hormone that is known to get labor and delivery on its way!
Nipple stimulation has the same affect as a good cuddle, it releases Oxytocin! The downside? Studies have shown that nipple stimulation is only beneficial if its done for a few hours a day!
While there is no real evidence supporting the claim that spicy food can cause labor…some believe that it can cause intestinal distress (if you know what I mean) which can lead to cramping and labor contractions!
I think ill skip this one (I don’t really like needles!) but some women swear by it as a way to naturally induce labor! It is believed that there are certain pressure points in the body that stimulate labor naturally!
This one I could totally try! Acupressure is the same concept as acupuncture, just without the needles. It uses pressure, instead of needles, to stimulate on certain pressure points on the body. You can also try this one at home. Try pressing on the webbing between your thumb and index finger!
This one I could also totally try 😉 A massage has the same affect as cuddling because it releases Oxytocin, a chemical known to induce labor. Go ahead and get yourself a pregnancy massage or you can have your partner give you one as well. (He is probably just as ready for delivery day as you are)!
While dates aren’t specifically known to induce labor, they can help soften and ripen your cervix for labor if consumed daily for about 8-6 weeks. If you have read My Pregnancy Diet you probably know how much I love my dates! Also, check out The Magic of Dates for more information on this magical little fruit =)
So there we have it, 11 natural ways to induce labor! Remember that it is not safe to try to induce labor before 37 weeks, but once your baby is full term go ahead and start twisting your nipples to your hearts desire! Or maybe encourage your partner to give you a nice massage instead =)
I think I’ll go on a little walk to the market and get myself some Third Trimester Tea from my local organic store (they carry earth Mama products!)
Until next time, Happy Pregnancy!!