Pregnancy has its ups and downs and towards the end of pregnancy, in the third trimester for some ladies it can be an experience filled with swelling, shooting pains, absolutely no sleep, nausea and a host of other things that can make the whole day and night uncomfortable. If your due date is in a few days or if it has come and gone you may want to consider talking to your doctor about some natural ways to induce your labor. While none of these techniques are a surefire way to do it, they may aid in the process or even help you relax a little more. But make sure that your doctor or midwife knows and approves of these tips on how to jumpstart your labor before trying any of these.
Evening primrose oil
Many midwives use this oil for their patients because they say it aids in helping to thin the cervix, which helps to dilate and prep for labor. It can be taken in pill form or rubbed directly over or around your cervix area. If you aren’t comfortable with how you should apply the oil, talk to your midwife to see if they can give you specific instructions or a visual print out that you can follow. Studies have shown that women that have placenta previa should avoid using evening primrose oil.
Walking is great not only for helping to induce labor but is also good for your overall health. Because of gravity and the pressure of the baby walking may help draw the baby down. The key is to pace yourself. You don’t want to overdo it. Start by walking a little bit a day and stop as soon as you get too tired. You don’t want to exhaust yourself because you will need energy the day of delivery.
Not only does sex help with the bonding between you and your partner right before your new addition, but sperm contains something called prostaglandins, which is a hormone that can help thin and dilate the cervix. In addition to that, an orgasm releases the hormone oxytocin, which can trigger contractions. Make sure you ask your doctor what are the safest positions first.
Some people believe that spicy food can cause your uterus to contract. Be careful though because spicy food can also cause heartburn.
Massage therapists who specialize in helping pregnant women like to focus on the pressure points when massaging. There have been studies that show that massaging can help raise the body’s oxytocin level and that hormone can help bring on labor contractions. If massage doesn’t work you will still be super relaxed and in a healthy frame of mind which is necessary for labor. If massage isn’t for you, ask your doctor about acupuncture. Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into pressure points on the body which some believe can help stimulate uterine activity.