15 Ways To Speed Up Labor According To Science

Waiting and waiting and waiting, will my labor and delivery ever start? Maybe the mom-to-be should start inducing labor naturally and give nature some extra help. Waiting for labor to start can be a real pain. Is it starting to drive mom insane? Believe it or not, she is not alone, a lot of women can have this happen to them.

Well, if the baby and the body are ready, and the OBGYN thinks so too, there are actually ways to naturally, according to science, self-induce the labor. A lot of women have found one or several of these methods effective. And for those of us who are overdue, and are at risk for medically induced labor within a few days, try a few of these ways to get the labor started. It is definitely a good way to spend up the process instead of just waiting around.

These should not be done until mom is 39 to 40 weeks along or more. Do parents know that first-time pregnancies are up to an eighty percent chance of being more likely to go past the due date, and are not officially overdue until 42 weeks? Mom’s doctor can not legally induce labor without her permission. And please don’t overstrain the body with the labor inducing exercises. This is especially true if the pregnancy has been complicated or is considered high-risk.

15 A Bite Of Pineapple

For this, I hope that mothers really like pineapples. According to folklore, it is best if moms-to-be eat pineapple that is both fresh and raw. Fresh pineapples aren't only delicious to eat. They also contain the enzyme bromelian, which can soften the cervix and can bring on labor. This is beneficial as they help ripen the cervix and ease the labor. Make sure once again that mom eats a fresh pineapple to induce the labor.

The pineapple can also stimulate mom's stomach, which could also help get some contractions going. The chemicals which pineapple contain, which are said to start the labor aren’t very high. So that means that about seven pineapples should put mama into labor, just remember fresh pineapples are needed, not the canned ones.

14 Apply The Pressure

Many moms-to-be can use acupressure to help with and get rid of their morning sickness during their 9 months of pregnancy. Acupressure, however, can also help in the stopping of bleeding and spotting in the early months of pregnancy. But moms need to make sure that the acupressurist has experience working with pregnant women first.

Acupressure and body message don't just help with symptoms before childbirth. It has already been scientifically proven to help with labor. This is done by applying pressure to sensitive parts of the body, and it starts the stimulation of contractions. Mostly there are acupressure points in the ankles and in the webbing between the thumb and forefinger that can cause muscles contractions, including in the uterus, which will hopefully start inducing the labor.

13 A Single Dose

Castor oil is actually an old Egyptian method to induce labor. Most studies show that it seems to work, although with some side effects. The side effects seem to be diarrhea and sometimes, vomiting and nausea. Women should drink a single dose of sixty milliliters of castor oil.

The theory is that the cramps in the bowel set off the contractions. It is unsure if the castor oil can cause the baby to pass their first poop in the womb, which some babies will also pass another poop a couple of days after birth, due to the castor oil the mom took. Mom’s- to-be should make sure that their doctor or midwife know that they are going to take this and that everyone is on board with this.

12 A Date A Day Won't Keep The Doc Away

Studies have been shown that eating six date fruit a day in the days leading up to mom’s expected delivery date, makes labor start sooner, can make labor shorter, and helps with dilation. The six dates should be eaten four weeks before moms due date. Plus, they are yummy. Date fruit also has a laxative effect, which stimulates uterine contractions. Dates also contain natural sugars, fructose, that easily breakdown in the body and won’t spike blood sugar levels but will offer high energy, which makes dates during pregnancy or labor an excellent choice.

Researchers have found that date fruit has an oxytocin-like effect on the body, leading to increased sensitivity of the uterus. It also helps stimulate uterine contractions and reduces postpartum hemorrhage the way oxytocin does. They also found that it contains many nutritional benefits for pregnant mamas.

11 Add Some Spice

Young pregnant woman eating junk food

A well-known labor starter. The reason it works may be because of the upset it causes to the digestive system which then upsets the uterus. If a mom understands the physiology of what can stimulate a contraction it makes sense that eating spicy foods could induce labor in some cases.

This can stimulate the digestive system and may even irritate it. The irritation may cause mom to have diarrhea. Diarrhea can cause dehydration, and on the known side effects of dehydration in pregnant women is to cause contractions, increasing prostaglandin production.The hormone prostaglandin helps to contract the smooth muscles of the body and can play a role in inducing labor. The bottom line is that, spicy food as a way of inducing labor.

10 An Oily Solution

Research has shown that clary sage oil aromatherapy can help promote labor and relieve pain. It is, however, contraindicated for the use of any other time during pregnancy as it may induce contractions of the uterus or womb. In fact, it is so effective in promoting labor that its use is only to be used by the midwife and only during pregnancy, on women who are pregnant. This also helps ease childbirth and delivery.

Clary sage oil is considered to be beneficial for a number of ailments including depression, anxiety, migraines, digestive disorders, skin inflammation, and other stress induced symptoms.This is a therapeutic plant oil and is also recommended for other women's health issues including premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. It can also help relieve pain.

9 Rub And Roll

Mom’s can also try nipple stimulation for inducing labor naturally. This can be done to let the body produce oxytocin, a hormone that causes the contractions of the uterus. This procedure is to stimulate every fifteen to thirty minutes during several hours, to help the cervix open.

Gently rub or roll the nipple to try to induce labor. Some women say it causes very strong contractions, which could be dangerous. It is recommended to only massaging one breast at a time, for five minutes and then waiting to see what happens before continuing. Women whose cervix has already started to soften or thin and open ready for labor, shown significant benefits using this.One study showed that thirty-seven percent of women who tried nipple stimulation went into labor within 72 hours after doing this.

8 It's Thyme For Tea

This one comes from the Caribbean Islands/Jamaica and the women today drink thyme tea to induce labor once they reach full term, it's one hundred percent natural. If the baby is ready, mom will start contracting. Thyme causes the uterus to contract, which causes the stimulation of contractions, sending mom into labor. This also helps get the body ready for labor.

This is also used by midwives; they use this to help bring on the labor. They recommend drinking two cups of this a day. They boil the thyme leaves for five minutes and then allow it to sit for ten minutes. This also boosts up the production of milk in the nursing moms.Please use this for women who are at the thirty-nine weeks or more in the pregnancy.

7 Get The Legs Moving

Walking is the most common method that doctor will tell the mom-to-be to use to help induce labor. The bumping up and down can help the baby move into the birth canal. If walking doesn’t work, mom can also try walking up and down the stairs. Lifting the legs further in its range of motion can help further push the baby downward.

Walking is often encouraged after the labor has started to help the body relax during the contractions. Many pregnant women can go for shorter walks late into the labor, to help with the contractions that they are having. Studies show the walking may help gravity to pull down the baby near the birth canal. The walking should be a relaxed and steady pace only. Just don’t overdo it, mom needs some energy for giving birth.

6 Do The Bounce

Okay, ladies when mom is in labor or overdue they just want to get the baby out as fast and safely as they can. So why not try bouncing on a birth/exercise ball. The ball can help turn the baby and move him or her into the birth canal. Midwives and doulas have been using this technique for years to speed up the dilation and move the baby down into the pelvis

Mom is to find a comfortable position and gently bounce up and down to encourage the baby to move into position. A birth ball can help coax baby in a better position, strengthen mom's lower back, open the pelvis, shorter labor, reduce the pain, relieve back pain, and help reduce the stress and anxiety of labor. It is important to remember not to inflate the ball to the max; it needs to give a little to make it comfortable.

5 Borage Seed Oil

Borage seed oil along with primrose oil and black currant oil is a natural source of prostaglandins, a fatty acid that helps induce labor. The borage oil prepares the body for birth by softening the cervix and increasing the flexibility of the pelvic ligaments. With that softened, labor often quickly follows because of the pressure exerted on the cervix by the baby’s head.

Borage seed oil can also be used to treat other health conditions including skin conditions, inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis and to improve heart health. For use in cervical ripening, it is a process that occurs naturally as the uterus readies for labor and delivery. During cervical ripening, the cervix becomes shorter and softer. Without cervical ripening, labor and delivery can be quite difficult.

4 Go For A Joy Ride

Sometimes the baby just needs a little bit of jiggling to get into the correct position. Can a bumpy car ride really bring on labor? Many women believe it may actually help. It is thought that as the mom moves around during a bumpy car ride, the rhythmic pressure of the baby’s head on her cervix stimulates the release of oxytocin, the hormone that regulates contractions.

Although there is no evidence that taking a bumpy car ride works, rest assured that it won’t harm the baby at all. The baby is well-cushioned by the pelvis, tummy muscles and the amniotic fluid that surrounds the child. So drive down that long and bumpy road, don’t forget the speed bumps too. But ladies, please make sure that mommy is far enough along to start her labor, and that all is well with her and the baby.

3 A Quickie

With this being said that stimulating the sensitive parts of the body will help, mom-to-be can consider the best method for this is, making love. This is said by a lot of parents to be to help a lot to bring on labor. During the process of doing it oxytocin is released, and this can help bring and contract the uterus. The orgasm may help to activate the uterus. And finally, there are prostaglandins found in the dad's swimmers; this will soften the cervix readying it for the labor ahead.

Orgasms cause contractions which is one of the reasons they feel so good. It’s also why many women enjoy them more during pregnancy. Remember that getting it on during pregnancy is allowed as long as it is still comfortable and, of course, mom’s water has not yet broken. Also, that mom has the okay from the doctor, and that it is still medically okay to do.

2 Take A Dip

Well, ladies, swimming is one of the most recommended forms of physical exercise for pregnant women regardless of the term of pregnancy. Some doctors encourage women across all three trimesters to incorporate regular swimming exercises throughout their pregnancy. Swimming is completely safe for the unborn baby unless the mother has particular things in her pregnancy that doctor told mom not to do this. But most doctors say the swimming will not result in induced labor or anything related to that, but it can help prepare it for labor.

Actually, swimming keeps the growing baby steady in the uterus while walking can accelerate the baby’s journey down toward the pelvis and ultimately inducing labor when it comes into contact with the cervix. Swimming can give the relaxing effect and help the body accommodate a growing pregnancy, swimming can also help reducing ankle swelling and pain, improving blood circulation, prepares the body for childbirth, and helps manage pregnancy weight.

1 Certain Herbs

Basil is an emmenagogue, an herb that stimulates blood flow to the uterus and can stimulate menstruation, throw some in what mama's cooking. The Black and Blue cohosh are two different herbs that, when taken together as a tincture can help induce and regulate contractions. Midwives use this even during labor to strengthen uterine contractions. Licorice root, moms need to get the root, not the candy, can cause cramping in the bowels, which in turn can lead to uterine contractions.

Motherwort is a great herb to use at the end of pregnancy. It makes mom's contractions more effective, regulates the Braxton Hicks contractions, and stops false labor, and when taken shortly after birth it can also calm mom's nerves and potentially prevent postpartum depression. Raspberry leaf can be taken as a tea or pill. Mom's should start taking them about at thirty-four weeks. Opinions are divided as to whether it will start labor, but it definitely strengthens the uterus, leading to a shorter labor, because each contraction can achieve more. It has been shown in a study to shorten the second stage of labor, the pushing part.

Sources: netman.com, mumsnet.com, webmd.com, naturallarbor.com, whattoexpect.com, babycenter.com

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