Foods that Induce Labor

by Carol Roberts, Childbirth Researcher on May 31, 2011

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If you’re an expectant mom, you’re probably more than ready to meet your new baby if you’re coming up on 39 weeks. If you’re past that, you’re probably pretty frustrated you haven’t gone into labor yet though. Late labors are fairly common though and not a cause to panic or worry. If you’re stressing out, relax. Relaxing is the first step in bringing on labor faster. Stress will only get in your way.

So what else can you do to help induce labor? If you’re looking for a natural solution (and natural solutions are the most healthy for you and your baby), then you may be wondering whether there are foods to induce labor. Foods to induce labor would be simple, easy, and natural.

There is some debate over whether most foods which are considered “labor inducing” really can induce labor, but midwives have sworn by many of them for centuries, as have thousands of new moms who went into labor shortly after eating them. On the top of the list there is pineapple. Pineapple contains bromelain, which is an enzyme that can produce contractions. Some women say they went into labor within just a couple days of eating fresh pineapple; others say it took weeks for them to go into labor.

Another famous home remedy to induce labor is castor oil. Since castor oil can cause some side effects (digestive upset), you should approach it with caution. Ask your doctor first before you try it. While many women say it helped them go into labor, plenty also will tell you that it was an unpleasant experience.

Other foods which are said to induce labor are eggplant, balsamic vinegar, and any number of spicy foods. None of these should cause any adverse side effects, so you can give them a try safely. There is no certainty that any of them are truly effective, but once again, there are plenty of testimonials in favor of all of them.

Some herbs can be eaten to help induce labor, including ginger root, black cohosh, and red raspberry leaf tea. Before taking herbs you should always talk to a physician.

If none of these foods are doing it for you, or if you just want to supplement the foods with something else, you can add exercise to your routine. Make sure you go with something light and easy; squats or walking are considered best. You can also try sex, which releases Oxytocin and causes contractions.

Acupressure is considered a more reliable way to go into labor. Numerous women report that they were able to go into labor within a couple days of acupressure treatments. Some women take longer. Acupressure is a way of aligning your energy field and clearing out blockages that disrupt that flow and prevent your body from doing what it needs to, including going into labor.

If you do acupressure and also eat some of these labor inducing foods, you may very well manage to deliver on time or slightly early. If you are late, you may finally break your water and break through!

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Hannah July 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm

thanks. great help. highly recommended.

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