How To Naturally Induce Labor At Home
Time always seems to go fast, a blur around us, that is, unless you are pregnant and near your due date. Pregnancy is only 9 months long, which isn’t that long when you think of how long a lifetime is, but it can drag on incredibly slowly. The first few months go by fast, but once you start getting to the point where it is uncomfortable, time seems to stop.
If mom-to-be has reached her due date, and she is still pregnant, minutes can seem like hours. That is because she is so uncomfortable, and on edge waiting for that moment to come when contractions start, or when her water breaks. She has become irritable and uncomfortable, and that is completely understandable.
Mom may be looking at ways she can try and induce labor. She doesn’t want to do anything dangerous, just gentle things she can do in the comfort of her own home that may encourage her baby to come.
While no method may be 100% guaranteed to work, there are some things that mom can try, and they may have a chance at working. If not, they are not harmful, and mom will be no worse off than she is now.
Sex may be one of the most recommended ways to induce labor, but it can also be the most difficult. It is not likely that mom is feeling incredibly frisky at this point, or that she is going to be comfortable while doing it, but it is completely safe unless your doctor has told you otherwise.
According to Healthline, there are some medical reasons why sex works to induce labor. When you engage in sex, oxytocin is released and this hormone can help to kick off contractions in the uterus. There are also prostaglandin hormones in semen that can help ripen the cervix and get it ready to open.
Exercise is not guaranteed to work, but it is beneficial in other ways, so it is always worth giving a change. Mom can do this however she feels comfortable. She could go for a long walk, go for a swim or go up and down some stairs (safely) to try and encourage labor. If this does not induce labor, it can be a great way to relieve some stress and make sure your body is strong, because labor will come one way or another.
Always stay light, and only do what your body feels comfortable doing. Taking a nice walk after dinner is a great way to unwind, and to get some exercise in before the big day comes.
This is one you may have heard before, and some believe that it is just a myth, but there is no harm in trying. According to WebMD, there is no direct correlation between the stomach and uterus, so there is no scientific study that shows that it works. However, many have claimed it has worked for them.
Mom can either cook the meal at home or treat herself and order in. Make it a date night with hubby at home, put on a movie, and see where the night takes you. It is either going to help induce your labor, or you had a nice relaxing night at home with dinner you didn’t have to make.
When it comes to eating anything unusual to try and induce labor, you want to make sure you speak to your doctor first. That is because items that used to be used at home, like castor oil, are not safe and should be used to induce labor. Once you get the all-clear from your OBGYN or midwife, you can be free to try them all.
This is another easy one that can be done at home, and many claim that it really does work, but it takes a bit of effort. According to What To Expect, this involves massaging or “twisting” your nipples for a few hours every day. This one involves a bit more work than the others, but it is another way to release oxytocin, which can bring on contractions. You just want to make sure it doesn’t hurt, if it hurts, you are not doing it right.
A nice massage from your husband may work, or just sitting and cuddling and watching a movie. That is because anything that releases the oxytocin that we talked about is guaranteed to start contractions if you are past your due date. That is why a lot of labors start at night, because women are relaxed, and the hormone is being released.