A pregnancy that has crossed its due date can become very irritating and uncomfortable for the mothers. In the last few weeks of pregnancy, expecting ladies lose patience and want to get the baby out as soon as possible
At times there are also chances of still birth if the pregnancy has crossed due date. Considering these two reasons women try and look for ways to induce labor. Labor can be easily induced with conventional medicines but they have a lot of side-effects.
Natural methods of inducing labor have been successful, but it is always better to consult a doctor before going for this option. Inducing labor is especially helpful in uncomfortable pregnancies.
Home Remedies For Inducing Labor
Stimulation Of Nipples
One of the simplest home remedy for inducing labor in women is by stimulation of the nipples. Either the expecting mother or her partner can do it. Stimulation is done by rubbing the nipples in between the thumb and the fingers.
This should be done for 15-20minutes every 1-3 hours. It will help to release the hormone oxytocin which is responsible for contraction of the uterus. It will also increase suckling of the baby. Once the contractions begin, you may cease the stimulation.
Having sex also helps to induce labor. It is safe to have an intercourse if the membranes are not ruptured. Though women in such a situation do not feel the urge for sex, but doing it helps in the contraction of the uterus because male semen contains large amount of prostaglandins which help in the softening and dilating of the cervix. Orgasm in women during sexual intercourse causes the release of hormone oxytocin, which helps in uterus contraction.
Walking is not only a good exercise for pregnant ladies but it also helps in induction of labor. As and when you are walking gravity will pull the baby downwards and this will put pressure on the cervix, leading to opening it.
This happens only when the mother and the baby are ready for labor. The pressure on the cervix will also lead to release of hormone oxytocin which will bring about uterine contraction. It is always advisable to walk slowly. In the excitement of inducing labor do not start running.
Certain herbs have the power to induce labor. An extract of black cohosh or black cohosh tea has oxytocin properties and helps in contraction of the uterus. This herb is taken the night before delivery. However, the amount that needs to be taken for effective functioning has not yet been discovered.
But it is always advisable to take diluted and homeopathic form of it to avoid heart problems in the new born baby. Red raspberry leaf is an herb that not only helps to tone up the uterus and cervix but also adds nutrition to the breast milk. The tea prepared from this herb helps to induce labor efficiently.
Certain fruits like papaya, pineapple and mango contain an enzyme bromelain which helps in stimulating the production of the hormone oxytocin and softening and dilating of the cervix. This ultimately leads to labor. Always eat fresh fruits only as canned foods do not have this enzyme.