Pregnancy And Childbirth – How To Induce Labor From Home
Giving birth is one of the most wonderful experiences a woman can have. But sometimes a baby is in no hurry to make an appearance and might need a little encouragement. If you are overdue and tired, there are some safe methods you could try at home to stimulate labor and finally meet your baby.
You and your doctor most likely discussed medical induction by now. It is, however, important to understand that medications come with a potential danger and side effects. They should be used only as an emergency, after more natural approaches have been explored.
The first thing that comes to mind when making babies is sex. You started your pregnancy with sex, why not end it the same way. Semen contains prostaglandins, hormones that help ripen the cervix. During orgasm a woman releases oxytocin, the hormone that causes contractions. Nipple stimulation also releases oxytocin.
Many women just don’t feel like having sex at nine months pregnant. It’s understandable and there are other things they could try. The most basic thing is to use the force of gravity. It’s as simple as it sounds. Bouncing on an exercise ball or simply walking can help baby to descent, speeding delivery process.
Some herbs, like black and blue cohosh, promote contractions and help the cervix to dilate. Their use, however, is not recommended, because they are possibly unsafe. They have been associated with severe hemorrhaging during childbirth and cardiac complications in newborns.
One of the most safest methods of non-invasive labor induction comes from Asia and has been in use for thousands of years. It’s called maternity acupressure and it’s specifically intended to help with pregnancy and childbirth.
Maternity acupresure is similar to acupuncture. Not to worry, it’s based on the same ideas, but it doesn’t use needles like acupuncture. Instead it uses gentle finger pressure to stimulate specific points located on hands, shoulders, lower back, legs, and feet. This points are called acupoints. This is a very effective method. Recommended.