Are you expecting a baby? Or planning a family soon? Becoming a parent is a dream come true to many women. Did you know you can naturally induce labor to encourage the birth of your new bundle of joy? Most women who are past their due date may consider a medical or chemical induction as the best option. A medically induced labor should only be used and considered if the life of the mother and child are in danger.
While many women tend to go for cesarean birth since it’s generally regarded as safe, they have to endure the lengthy healing process needed to recover from your surgery. To be able to avoid complications associated with medical induction, it’s much better to use these natural ways to induce labor to be completely safe.
In chemically induced inductions, a synthetic version of a hormone called oxytocin is often administered. Oxytocin is also a naturally produced hormone in the body. When you stimulate your nipples it leads to increased production of oxytocin and increases your chances of delivering closer to your due date.
Having sex near your due date is a known natural way to induce labor. Aside from the hormone producing effects of nipple stimulation, the introduction to semen has also shown to help. Semen contains a natural chemical known as a prostaglandin, which has the effect of softening the uterus and encouraging child birth.
Did you know stretching can induce labor? Using proper methods, stretching of the uterine membranes have shown to induce labor in many cases within the first 48 hours.
Going for a light walk or walking upstairs has shown to bring on labor in expecting mothers. The motion of walking has the effect of bringing the baby’s head to bear pressure on your cervix, in addition, this activity brings the baby overall into a better position for labor.
Acupressure to Induce Labor
Acupressure which is very similar to massage applies physical pressure to various parts of a woman’s body. The concept behind acupressure is that it can imitate the effects of many of the activities mentioned above. Acupressure massage is also one of the more enjoyable, natural ways to induce labor as it will often engage and involve the use of your partner. With basic instructions, your partner can learn the right massage procedures needed to promote your natural birthing process.