After 40 or more weeks of pregnancy, labor is welcomed pain to endure. It is understandable that women would want to induce their labors and move on to the new stage in life, complete with baby. Fortunately, there are natural ways to do this.
When to Induce
Many women are anxious to go into labor when the baby has overstayed its welcome and gone past the due date. However, according to the Mayo Clinic you should only attempt inducing labor if the baby if two weeks over the due date. The baby may not be ready to exit by the due date; but, waiting longer than two weeks can complicate a vaginal delivery, as the baby may have grown too big. Other reasons to induce are if you have a vaginal infection, a pre-existing medical condition that makes it imperative for labor, if your water has broken but you are not having contractions, if the baby has stopped growing, the placenta is deteriorating or if there is not enough amniotic fluid around the baby.
One of the best and easiest ways to get your body into labor is to take a walk. The swinging motion of your hips and pelvis, and the gravitational pull on the baby’s body will encourage the baby to get in position. Also, walking helps relieve the pain of contractions.
It is probably the last thing on your mind, but having sex will help you go into labor. According to Dr. Spock.com, semen contains prostaglandins, which can stimulate contractions and make you go into labor.
Another safe way to induce labor is to use acupressure. The body has two pregnancy pressure points, one in the webbing of the thumb and forefinger and the other is about four-finger widths above the inside ankle bones. Gently pinch between your thumb and finger, rubbing for 30 to 60 second and resting for 1 to 2 minutes or in between contractions. For your ankle, firmly press on the spot. If it hurts or feels tender, then you have found the right point of pressure. Press the spot firmly and rub during contractions, resting once the contraction has stopped.
There are other ways to induce labor but health officials are split on the efficiency and safety of these methods. Drinking 1 to 2 tablespoons of Castor oil may make you go into labor but will also give your severe diarrhea, putting the baby in danger of inhaling fecal matter during delivery. Stimulating your nipples also works but can result in a long, drawn out labor and can dangerously lower the baby’s heart rate. Stick with sex, walking or acupressure to ensure the safest labor.