Natural Ways to Induce Labor

After months of discomfort such as nausea and vomiting, headaches and cramps, I bet you’re ready to pull that baby out yourself. But reality is, mother nature isn’t quite willing to let that happen. Luckily, there are a variety of natural ways to induce labor and finally meet that beautiful life inside of you.

Let’s start with the most cost efficient methods. Truth be told, inducing labor is as easy as making love to your partner. That’s right, what got you into this situation to begin with can just as easily get you out. Several studies show that Oxytocin, a chemical found in the brain, is released during sexual intercourse; the same chemical responsible for uterine contractions. After a hot, steamy session with your partner, a warm massage feels just right. Massages are known to calm and relax, allowing contractions to begin. Another inexpensive, time-tested method is ingesting spicy foods. It is proven that hot foods stimulate ingestion, as a result, stimulating bodily contractions.

Some other wallet-friendly alternatives include ingesting castor oil, using pressure points to promote labor and consuming different herbs. Castor oil, which goes for about 6 bucks at your local health food store, forces the bowels to move, producing prostaglandins. Prostaglandins in turn help rhythmically move the smooth muscles of the uterus. If near-torturous flavored elixirs aren’t quite your thing, there are several pressure points in the human body that signal the use of muscles to contract. Spots such as the webbing between your thumb and pointer finger and inside the ankle can activate the womb. And if seemingly pointless tapping of the flesh doesn’t appeal to you, yet another way to progress your labor is to sip a cup of tea with a list of herbs. Black cohosh, motherwort, red raspberry leaf and chamomille are useful.

But remember, use these helpful hints with caution. It’s always smart to speak with your doctor before proceeding with these tested methods. Herbs may have harmful side effects, contaminents and inhibit your baby’s growth. Castor oil may dehydrate the mother, putting her at risk for other health problems during labor and delivery. These are all things to consider when deciding what’s right for you.

In conclusion, you can’t go wrong with a little bit of love making. So what are you waiting for? Take off those maternity clothes and hop in the sack for baby’s sake!