Thursday, January 2, 2014

6 Ways to Induce Labor Naturally

  • Have sex. Yes! Old fashioned and the most popular given tip because sex releases the hormone like medications that are often given to induce labor. The semen also contains prostaglandins which stimulate the cervix, possibly leading to the start of contractions! Why not try this one??
  • Dance! Dancing encourages your baby's descent by slowly easing him into a better position meant for labor. It also helps you to relax. If you are not a dancer, do not worry. Try rocking or doing hip circles on a birthing ball. These movements also encourage the head down position.
  • Pineapple. They say that the enzyme Bromelain softens the cervix as a ripening agent that stimulates prostaglandins. There is not much known about this method, but if you are a fruit lover, it does not hurt.
  • Raspberry Leaf Tea. This method has been around for years. When I worked at nutrition store, I had a ton of women swearing by it. This tea is known to tone the uterus and get it ready for those contractions! This is more of a method that should be started a few weeks prior.
  • Accupressure. This 
  • Nipple Stimulation. This method is supposed to encourage the beginning of contractions because the thought is that oxytocin is released through gentle rubbing or rolling of the nipples when the breasts are stimulated. Sort of like when your baby breastfeeds, ocytoxin is released then as well.

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