I think it would be kinda cool to have a sticky on "Tips for inducing labor naturally" since it is one of the most commonly posted topics on this site. That way people can use it as a reference and actually get useful information, both the pros and the cons of each 'natural induction method'.
It is one of the healthiest exercises, pregnant or not. It keeps you in shape. There really are no negative "side effects" you have to worry about.
When you are 9 months pregnant sometimes exercise is the least appealing idea.
How it "works"
The swinging motion of your hips help engage the baby's head in your pelvis allowing him/her to be birth ready.
Pros- It is something that your SO can be involved and help you with. It can be fun... IF you can find a comfortable position. It is natural. Unless you are given orders from your Dr. to avoid sex it is perfectly safe.
Cons- Finding a comfortable position or the desire is tough to do when you feel like a whale.
How it "works"-
Semen contains prostaglandins which help ripen and dilate your cervix. If you are on the verge of labor anyways, these prostaglandins alone can be enough to stimulate labor. Also, when you orgasm oxytocin is released. This is the "love" hormone. It stimulates uterine contractions and once again if all your body needs is a push this could be all you need to get things going.
3- Nipple Stimulation
How you do it- You can use a breast pump or stimulate them manually.
If you stimulate them with a pump, pump each side for 15 minutes. Repeat every hour until contractions become consistent. While pumping the first side keep the other breast covered with a warm towel. Repeat this process when you pump for 15 minutes on the opposite side covering the opposite breast with the warm towel.
If you are going to manually stimulate your nipples there are a couple recommended ways to do it, it is advisable that you ask your midwife/Doctor what he/she recommends:
1. Always massage one breast at a time! This will help to prevent hyperstimulation.
2. Grasp your areola and rub in a circular motion until some contractions begin. Then stop! More is not better!
3. Wait 15 to 20 minutes and then repeat with the other breast IF it is necessary.
4. Do not stimulate your breast during a contraction!
1. Begin with the right or left nipple. Gently roll nipple for 3 minutes.
2. Stop and wait for 2 minutes
3. Begin stimulating opposite side
4. Repeat until contractions are well established.
Nipple stimulation releases oxytocin which is the hormone that triggers contractions. It is almost guaranteed you will get SOME action if you attempt nipple stimulation. If overdue or on the verge of labor it will usually work.
Nipple stimulation can cause extremely strong and painful contractions. Sometimes they can be non-productive and you will be in pain for nothing.
How it "works"-
When the nipples are stimulated they release oxytocin, the "contraction hormone".
4) Exercise ball-
You can get a workout while encouraging your baby to come out. Unless you are on bedrest (which you wouldn't be looking for ways to help labor along) it is perfectly safe... Provided you have some sense of balance and don't fall off.
Exercise+big belly= BLAH. The exercise ball is more for engaging your baby in the pelvis rather than actually starting labor. However, if you are close to labor sometimes bouncing can start contractions.
How it works-
Helps to engage your baby's head in the pelvis making him/her "labor" ready.
5) Castor oil-
The most notoriously posted labor induction method question on this site.
If you can give yourself a decent case of the shits it MIGHT stimulate your uterus to contract.
Extreme diarrhea, nausea and vomitting and dehydration. There have been rumors that castor oil can cause the baby to have a BM in utero.. HOWEVER there isn't sufficient medical research to prove this to be true. The risk of passing of meconium in utero is more likely associated with babies being over due rather than being castor oil induced.
How it "works"-
It is thought that by stimulating the bowels to contract the uterus will also begin to contract thus throwing the mom to be into labor.
6) Essential oils- Oils such as clary sage and lavender and jasmine are thought to have labor inducing properties. There is no research proving that they do, but these essential oils are usually recommended to be avoided until the last trimester for fear of potentially stimulating labor
7) Cumin tea
It has supposed cancer preventing properties and is a good detox/antioxidant. So even if it doesn't throw you into labor you can rest happy knowing you are a little healthier than before you drank it.
I'm sure it taste like shit. It is recommended to put a cube of raw potato to take away some of the bitterness but this is definitely a tea that requires an aquired taste.
How it "works"-
Potentially works in the same way as castor oil by stimulating the bowels. However in a much less harsh manner.
8 ) Evening primrose oil
How to use it
Beginning in your 34th week, start taking two capsules orally daily. At 36 weeks you may begin inserting two capsules vaginally before bedtime in addition to taking the other two capsules orally.
It helps ripen your cervix.
It smells like wet dog when it leaks out of your vagina. Some people are allergic to EPO.
How it "works"-
Evening primrose oil is a precursor to prostaglandins which help ripen and dilate and ready the cervix for labor.
How to do it
There are several points on the body that can be used to trigger labor.
1- Four fingerwidths above the ankle bone on the inside of your leg
2-In between your ankle bone and achilles tendon on the outside (lateral side) of your foot
3-Two fingerwidths out on either side of your neck. Both sides must be stimulated at the same time
4- On the lower back just above your "buttcrack" there is a dimple just above where your back and crack meet. That is the spot.
5- In the webbing of your hand between your thumb and index finger
(I will add photos later, because the descriptions are rather vague)
Directions- Massage the pressure points in a circular motion for 30 seconds to one minute. Repeat several times until contractions begin.
This is considered natural and safer than drugs
This really can stimulate labor and should be used with caution until you are term or over due.
Must be FRESH cut pineapple.
Pineapple is a fruit.. It is good for you
Cons- The amount of pineapple you would have to eat to stimulate labor would cause your mouth to bleed and a decent case of the shits before working
How it "works"-
Pineapple contains an enzyme call bromelain which is considered to be like a prostaglandin. It can help ripen and dilate the cervix preparing it for labor.
There are many other "natural ways to induce labor" such as blue and black cohosh tintures... However those herbs have the poorest reviews and seem to be the most unsafe ones due to their "blood thinning" properties or affecting the clotting factor which is needed when you give birth to prevent hemmoraging, which is why I didn't add them on here.
I will add more later as I find more ways.
I like your pineapple tidbit. :wink:
Quoting Vindictive:" I like your pineapple tidbit. :wink:"
Lol my friend had personal experience with a case of the shits after eating pineapple lol.. Poor girl
Black licorice and pomegranates are also supposed to stimulate contractions.
This is great! lol
Number 8 has this 8) instead of an 8. Lol
Quoting Spot.:" Awesome idea."
I've been thinking of posting this for a while but never had the time to type all of this out.. I'm probably still going to add links too
Think this is wonderful idea. It may not stop all the posts but it may slow them down. :) Might also avoid some of the comments ladies get about thinking about natural induction.
Quoting Mamitato2:" Think this is wonderful idea. It may not stop all the posts but it may slow them down. :) Might also avoid some of the comments ladies get about thinking about natural induction."
That's the main reason I posted it lol... That way they can feel comfortable asking questions in this thread or just come lurk and get ideas without all of the negativity.
Quoting Kayla [Lukas&Emily]♥:" Black licorice and pomegranates are also supposed to stimulate contractions."
Do they have prostaglandins or what is it about them that helps?
When are we going to get a fcuking like button!?
Im massaging the shit outta myself right now LMAO
Quoting Rae [Team Pink] BBM:" When are we going to get a fcuking like button!? :D Im massaging the shit outta myself right now LMAO"
hahaha.. I've found that the neck pressure point and the one that's four fingerwidths above the ankle bone on the inside of the leg work best to stimulate contractions