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How to Induce Labor At Home

So it?s week 40, 41, 42 ? and still no baby. While all babies? due dates are typically during the 40th week of pregnancy of their mothers, most babies are born after this due date. This is why doctors don?t panic, even when a soon-to-be mother has been pregnant for two weeks too long. But days after the due date, it can all grow a bit tedious and become overwhelmingly frustrating and physically uncomfortable for the anxious mommy-to-be. It?s at this point when she might wonder how to induce labor at home.

If your or your unborn baby?s health is at risk, a doctor will usually recommend a medically induced labor or caesarian section. But if you?re just a little or a lot overdue, there are some less abrasive methods for inducing labor.

Here is how to induce labor at home:

Spice it up

Eating spicy foods on a regular basis can help induce your labor ? but an even more fun way to kick start your contractions is to spice it up in the bedroom. When a female has intercourse, a hormone called oxytocin is released and it causes her uterus to contract. Moreover, the male produces semen, which contains prostaglandis that softens the female?s cervix. It?s common for women to feel decidedly un-sexy and/or apathetic when they?re over 40 weeks pregnant. Thus, they may be unwilling to engage in sex, but it is a great way to speed through that third act and get to the long-anticipated finale: the birth. If you?re simply not in the mood though, you or your partner can massage your nipples. This has a similar effect of intercourse. To that degree, if you are still breastfeeding a toddler, this is a form of nipple stimulation as well. Some in the medical community question this practice however.

Pineapples!

Yes, if you eat lots of pineapples, your labor may be induced earlier!

Herbs

Natural herbs are probably one of the most popular answers for those who ask how to induce labor at home. Examples include blue and black cohosh. (There is controversy about their safety however.) Oils, like Caster Oil (to drink) and teas, like Red Rasberry Leaf Tea, are also common recommendations for labor inducing home remedies.

Take a Walk

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to induce your labor is to take a walk or two around the block, march up and down the stairs, or just stay somewhat physically active. This causes the baby?s head to press down on your cervix.

The Right Touch

A series of acupressure or acupuncture treatments is one of the most effective ways to induce labor naturally. Acupuncture, of course, requires making an appointment with a trained practitioner, but acupressure is something your partner can easily give you while in the comfort of your own home!

It?s typical for unborn babies to have a case of stage fright, so unless you?re nearing your 41st or 42nd week of pregnancy, it might just be best to sit down, relax, and wait for your baby to induce the labor ? not for herbs to.

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Naturally inducing labor

A Guide to Natural Labor Inducing Remedies

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Inducing Labor Naturally with Acupressure    Home Birth

 

 

 

 

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