Natural Ways to Induce Labor

As much as you may want your body back again, and want to meet your new addition; you must remember that inducing labor may result in complications. You should talk to your doctor or midwife and make sure you’ve got the green light, to try and induce.

I say try because honestly, that baby is not going to come out if he/she doesn’t want to. You should know that trying any natural induction is not a guarantee (trust me!), you’re body and baby have to be ready and the timing has to be right for labor to occur.

So assuming you’re ready to try, got the M.D. go ahead; let’s explore your options. First and foremost :

Relax: Stress causes adrenaline, which can actually delay labor. A warm bath, massage and any other preferred techniques to relax will help start your labor in a positive a wonderful experience.

Castor Oil: Take only a teaspoon or two at the most, at a time. Alot of people have had positive results using Castor oil(including myself). I must however tell you that it tastes absolutely horrid; and if you’re not quite ready to have that baby, you will be spending alot of time in the washroom as it is a natural laxative, and can cause dehydration.

A car ride: A bumpy car or bus ride at the right time, can help induce labor, just sit back and relax and enjoy the ride.

Sex: Can be great fun or greatly difficult, depending on the situation, but can be affective. Semen has prostaglandins, which can help the cervix to “ripen” or soften up. Orgasms produce oxytocin, the hormone that causes contractions. So if you put the two together you may just start labor.

Nipple Stimulation: Like orgasms it produces oxytocin to help start contractions.

Evening Primrose Oil: Evening primrose is a great source of prostaglandins. It can be taken orally at 34 weeks, and can be applied to the cervix, no earlier than 36 weeks. It’s recommended that two 500 mg capsules are taken a day until 38 weeks which you up your dose to 3-4 capsules. The oil of the capsule can be used for a perennial massage, with emphasis on massaging the cervix if possible. another option is to insert the capsule vaginally before bed, either way the oil will be absorbed by the body.

Acupuncture/Acupressure: There are two places on your body believed to help induce labor. The webbing between your fore-finger and thumb, and on your inner calf ,about four finger widths above your ankle. The acupressure you can do at home, by finding the mentioned spots(you’ll know you’ve hit it because it will be sore), and rubbing them for 30 – 60 seconds in a circular motion. You then take a break for 1-2 minutes and start again.

Stripping Membranes: Your doctor or midwife may help labor start by “stripping the membranes”. You’re doctor or midwife will insert their fingers usually one or two, into the cervix sweeping their fingers from side to side, loosening the cervix and the membrane(bag of water) away from the lower uterus. This can produce prostaglandins and start labor. this procedure cam be uncomfortable, and can take several attempts to work.

Remember that all methods can be potentially dangerous, and should be done under supervision or recommendation of a doctor or midwife.

Congratulations on the new addition to your family.