Giving birth is the most miraculous event a woman can ever experience. If you are overdue, you are probably anxiously awaiting your baby to arrive. You most likely discussed with your doctor about the possibility of induction. You should know, however, that medical induction comes with risks and side effects and should be avoided if possible.
There are a number of home remedies you could try to induce labor naturally at home. It this article we will take a look at some of the most common ones.
One of the first things you could try is sex. Semen is the source of prostaglandins, which can cause the cervix to soften and prepare to open. During intercourse women also release a hormone called oxytocin, which can encourage contractions. Does it help? Well, no harm comes from it, so why not try it.
One of the most common methods to naturally induce labor include gravity - the bumpy car rides, exercise or simply just walking. The idea is simple: gravity helps pull down the baby and in so doing speeds up the labor process.
Herbs are another option. Blue and black cohosh are often used to induce labor. They are believed to make contractions stronger, but no studies have been done to determine if they are safe. They have actually been linked to serious bleeding during labor and cardiac problems in newborns. Use with extreme caution.
Labor acupressure is another method that you could try at home. Although not very known in the Western world, this method has been used for thousands of years, mainly in Asia. Acupressure is based on the same principles as acupuncture, but without the needles.
Maternity or labor acupressure uses fingers and thumbs to apply gentle pressure to key points on the skin called acupoints. This can strengthen contractions, improve dilation of the cervix, lessen labor pains, shorten the delivery time, and relax the mother. It can be safely used at home. Recommended.