Herbs to Induce Labor

by Carol Roberts, Childbirth Researcher on June 29, 2011

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If you’ve reached your 39th week of pregnancy, you may be starting to feel anxious. While many women try to induce labor at this point for the sake of convenience, it’s better only to do so with the safety and health of yourself and your baby in mind. You should never try using the ways to induce labor prior to the 39th week. You should almost certainly try if you reach the end of the 41st week without delivering yet.

Since you have to keep safety in your mind first, what can you do to induce labor safely?

One answer for many women is to take herbs to induce labor. Herbs to induce labor are all natural and should only be taken when you reach those final weeks of pregnancy. They should be taken under the direction of a practitioner to ensure that you are taking the right quantity and also that you have no special condition which would make them unsafe for your situation. Herbs are right for most people though, and they can help move the process along.

Black and blue cohosh are two herbs which work well in conjunction to induce labor. Blue cohosh itself doesn’t induce contractions, but black cohosh does. What blue cohosh is best for is controlling those contractions and making sure they don’t go out of control. You can take black and blue cohosh as a tincture in your tea.

Another herb is red raspberry leaf. You can purchase this as a tea; don’t confuse it with raspberry (fruit) tea. This is the same tea that helps many women combat the painful symptoms of menstruation.

Other herbs which you can take to induce labor include evening primrose oil (taken orally or applied topically), ginger root, and cumin (which you can take as a tea, or simply eat as part of food).

Some foods are believed to be helpful in inducing labor too, including pineapple, eggplant, balsamic vinegar, and spicy foods.

While these herbs and foods work really well for many women, not all women are the same, and you may need more to get your body to the place where it’s ready to go into labor. Exercise helps many women. Some exercises include walking daily on level ground in your last couple weeks of pregnancy, stair exercises, squatting, and birthing ball exercises.

You can also try using acupressure to prepare yourself to go into labor. Acupressure is a needle-free version of acupuncture which uses pressure points. These points correspond to energy centers called meridians. By activating the meridians, the energy field is cleansed of interference and your body functions better and your mind clarifies. Physiologically and psychologically, this can help you to be prepared to give birth. Acupressure can be performed for free in the comfort of your own home if you look up a guide to the pressure points and how to use them, or you can hire a pro to make sure you get the very best treatment. Acupressure is completely safe for you and your baby, since it won’t produce labor unless it’s really time. Herbs and acupressure are a great combination for labor induction success!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jill Jackson January 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm

It is VERY important for women to know Red Rasberry leaf tea DOES

Hannah July 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I will try this on my mom!!!! thanks for these tips!

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