Ways to Help Pregnant Women Dilate

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In order to help a pregnant woman dilate, try having intercourse to stimulate the production of hormones that soften the cervix. Find out how massage therapy and acupuncture can help women dilate with help from a labor and delivery nurse in this free video on pregnancy and childbirth.

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My name is Josie Minks and I'm a labor and delivery nurse and I'm here to talk about how to help pregnant women dilate. And these recommendations are for at home. First would be to have sex with your partner. It's...the sperm helps to promote, or produce a hormone called prostaglandins that help soften the cervix which then, once the cervix is softened, can help dilate the cervix. Another way is to strip the membranes which is to stick a finger in through an already slightly open cervix and rub the finger roughly around the cervix that can help to, pr...again, promote those prostaglandins. Another way is through massage therapy or acupuncture, and through like from below the ankle up to the Achilles tendon. There are pressure points there can, that can help dilate the cervix. Castor oil is another way that can help. It stimulates the bowels which can help stimulate contractions which can help dilate the cervix and then an oxytocin challenge test which is using a stimulation of the nipple of the breast to help promote or help produce oxytocin which is the hormone that produces contractions which can help dilate the cervix and these are ways to, for pregnant women to dilate, to help dilate.

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