Natural ways to induce labour

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You may well be getting to that point when you just want the baby out! A baby is classified as term from 37 weeks.  It is advisable to let nature take its course but these things may help:-

  • Sex – the prostaglandins in sperm and the abundance of oxytocin that love making creates can help things get started.
  • Pineapple is believed to contain enzymes that soften the cervix so get eating
  • Walking, bouncing on an exercise ball – gentle exercise can help
  • Homeopathy can be really useful throughout your pregnancy but if you want to use it to bring about an induction then make sure you see a professional.
  • Reflexology massage on your feet can stimulate your uterine muscles and also help relieve any stress that you may be feeling
  • See an aromatherapist to see if essential oils would work for you
  • Eat spicy foods
  • Raspberry leaf tea stimulates the uterus and is good to take in the last few weeks
  • Stand in a warm shower
  • Tweak your nipples until milk begins to appear (oxytocin is the main hormone responsible for milk production but also for uterine contractions)
  • Dance! It’ll loosen your pelvis and if nothing else get the oxytocin flowing with the laughing!
  • Laugh!
  • Stimulate contractions with acupressure.  If you are 40-41 weeks along, try getting your labor started by massaging acupressure points on your hands and feet. Use the following techniques for each specific point
    • Pinch the webbing between your thumb and forefinger. Rub the spot in a circular motion for 30-60 seconds at a time. Take a 1 to 2-minute break in between each attempt.
    • Firmly press the spot that is 4 finger-widths above the inside of your ankle bone. It may feel sore if you have the right place. Press and rub this spot for 30-60 seconds, taking a 1 to 2-minute break in between each time you massage it.
    • Ask a friend or loved one to press the acupressure points for you so that you can relax a bit more.
  • Squat! It opens the pelvis which allows the baby to descend which then puts pressure on the cervix to open.
  • Relax – don’t worry about when the labour will happen
  • Exercise ball – these are readily available and a great way to strengthen your pelvis.  Look at this site for exercises – thebirthball.com/pages/how-to-use-a-birthing-ball-to-induce-labor

Avoid cinnamon tea – it can induce a state called hyper labour where you are having back to back contractions.