3. Evening primrose oil
Several midwives recommend this to help make the cervix thin, dilate it, and hasten labor. You can take two 500 mg of evening primrose oil once you reach week 38 of pregnancy. These capsules are available in local drugstores.
It is best to ask your doctor first. Women with placenta previa, a pregnancy complication where the placenta partially or completely covers the cervix, should not take this natural way to induce labor.
Inserting thin needles into pressure points on your body can promote uterine movement. It can put your baby into action. It also helps that acupuncture eases stress the natural way.
However, this natural way of inducing labor will fail if the baby is not yet ready to leave the womb. It is best to consult your doctor.
This age-old way of inducing labor requires pressure on parts of the body to promote uterine activity. Dr. Debra Betts, author of “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth” says acupressure may be used to make the cervical opening more prepared for labor. Acupressure aids in stimulating contractions and encouraging dilation of the cervix.
You may also ask your partner or friend to perform the acupressure instead. Again, consult your doctor first, when looking into how to induce labor naturally at 40 weeks or within that time frame.
6. Nipple massage
Studies show that nipple massage can increase the amount of the hormone oxytocin in your body and hasten labor. This is especially helpful for overdue births and progressive labor.
Using circular motions, massage your nipples and areola with your thumb and forefinger. This could produce a chemical that makes your uterus contract. But it can take a while for the contractions to start coming.
You may ask your partner to do this if you feel tired.
7. Eat labor-inducing food
At week 39 of pregnancy, it does not hurt to include these healthy foods that may help induce labor.
- Balsamic vinegar
- Black licorice
What if These Natural Ways to Induce Labor Fail?
If despite following tips on how to induce labor naturally, you still have not gone into labor, consult your doctor. Your doctor may try to induce labor medically or order a c-section.
Once those contractions start coming, your baby is on their way, and you are on to the next phase of motherhood.
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