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how to induce labor naturally February 18, 2010

Posted by guinever in : doula, labor, pregnancy , comments closed
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The information I offer here is for informational purposes only and should not take the place of medical advice from your doctor or midwife. These are all well-known ways to encourage contractions to start.

eat spicy food to get those contractions started

Why it works: anything that gets your digestive system humming can also stimulate the uterus since they’re right next to each other. The spicier the better–mexican, thai, chinese. There’s even a famous Eggplant Parmigiana available at Scalini’s Italian Restaurant in Georgia that is “guaranteed” to bring forth a baby within 48 hours or mom-to-be will get a gift certificate for another meal.  Over 300 moms have had babies after eating the parmigiana.  You can make it at home following the  recipe posted at their website.  I’ve made it a couple times and it is super yummy, yet quite time consuming to make.

walk to encourage labor contractions to start

Why walking works:  Braxton hicks contractions usually start when you’re walking. The more you have, the more prepared your cervix will be when labor starts.  Walk often. Walk fast. If it’s too hot or cold to walk outside, and you don’t have a gym membership, go to the mall or other indoor building where you can walk safely and comfortably.

make love to help labor start

Why sex works: The prostaglandins in semen help to soften the cervix, the vital first step in the cervix getting ready for labor, before the cervix even starts dilating. Oxytocin, one of the hormones that is involved in labor, is released during a woman’s orgasm.

nipple stimulation to start contractions

Why it works: the same reason as above; oxytocin is released. You can either use a breastpump or have your partner do it.  This can be tedious; it must be done for hours to induce labor. However, doing it for just a few minutes can be beneficial if combined with other techniques. Alternately, you can get in a deep tub of water and let the water stimulate your nipples.

acupressure points

If you can’t get to a professional massage therapist, you can find the points at home. . You’ll know you have the point right when you find a tender spot that hurts. Apply pressure for about a minute at a time. Apply as much pressure as is comfortable. It might sting a little.

induction massage

Go to your favorite massage therapist or find one who specializes in pregnancy and induction massage. It will feel good. Your therapist will help you to relax as well as stimulate the uterine points. It’s best to think about going into labor during the massage. If your body is ready for labor, an induction massage might just work for you.

Read things to consider before doing a labor induction at the hospital.

coming soon: inducing labor with herbs, homeopathics, castor oil, and primrose


what do contractions feel like? December 6, 2009

Posted by guinever in : birth, labor, pregnancy , comments closed

3-womenFirst time moms all wonder what labor will feel like and ask their friends what does a contraction feel like? How will I know when I’m in labor? Will it hurt?  When do I know when to call my midwife or when to go to the hospital?

Some pregnant women are afraid of the potential pain of labor, afraid of the unknown.  An important thing to remember about these sensations  is that labor is a normal, natural process. This makes it different from any other pain you may experience.   Remember that contractions last anywhere from 15-90 seconds depending on how far along your labor has progressed. Then you have several minutes in between each of your contractions so it’s not like you’re in constant pain for the duration of your labor and birth.

The best thing to do is just to take one contraction at a time.

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