Countless sleepless nights, backaches… Yeah, it’s been a whole nine months and of course, you just can’t wait to carry your baby in your arms rather than in that tummy, but somehow, your due date has come and gone but contractions aren’t just happening! Understandably, your patience is most likely slipping and that’s pretty normal, but hey, don’t sweat it!
We’ve compiled some tips to help bring that little bundle of joy into your eager arms (Kindly note that it is not advisable to try any induction method if the pregnancy isn’t up to 39 weeks and a prior approval from a trusted medical practitioner).
8 natural labour Inducing methods
Nipple stimulation: Sounds nice huh? Prolonged nipple stimulation excites the senses, prompting the pituitary gland to release oxytocin which helps contractions start and labour progress. Be careful not to overdo it though.
Sex: Awesome right? It’s TLC all the way. Get that lover of yours and get right to it. Semen is said to contain cervix-softening fats – ‘prostaglandins’ a hormone that aids thin and dilate the cervix, getting it ready for labour. Plus, orgasm can also lead to strong uterine contractions, now that’s amazing!
Ah yes, thankfully in Nigeria our food has generally been described as “spicy” so why not take advantage of what’s in front of you. Eating spicy foods i.e. foods with chili pepper, herbs and spice can cause the uterus to contract. However, there’s no proof backing this claim.
Yes we know you feel quite heavy and need lots and lots of rest but your body needs some exercise too. It’s unbelievable, how the simple act such as walking can do help induce labour.
Taking a stroll helps draw your unborn child towards the pelvis, then the pressure on the cervix prepares it for labor. Climbing the stairs help position the child too.
Swimming – Very relaxing, but apart from the benefits of calming your nerves, it also helps induce labour for pregnant women when who have gone past their due date. However, safety measures must be taken.
Raspberry Leaf – Although known to be quite useful for breast milk production and recovering from childbirth, it is also a uterine tonic. This can be taken after 12 weeks for low risk pregnancies.
Induction Massage – Get an experienced message therapist who would work on Acupressure points which are normally avoided during pregnancy. Hopefully, this can help trigger labour
Castor Oil – Although this works, but the high risk involved lands it on the negative lane as It causes diarrhoea and perhaps vomiting in some instances.
After all said and done, always remember, a baby would only come when ready. Try consciously to never put pressure on yourself, keep calm and always maintain a positive mindset. Happy delivery!