Natural Ways To Induce Labor

by Carol Roberts, Childbirth Researcher on August 10, 2009

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It is very common for pregnant women to induce their own labor. Also, many women want to avoid Cesarian sections or having a medically induced childbirth. Again, this is a good thing, and you have many different natural ways to induce labor to choose from.

The most recommended way to induce labor is with acupressure. Acupressure is a long-standing practice in China that is just now becoming popular in the West. For many hundreds of years Chinese people have known that by pressing on certain parts of your body you manipulate the various nerves and energy. In pregnant women there are a handful of places that, with the correct touch, can induce labor. It’s a very powerful tool and gaining popularity among women in the know. Acupressure to induce labor can be right for you.

Some women might want to also consider these two methods: sex and nipple massage. Some women might feel uncomfortable (or just not in the mood for either) which is okay. But if you’re interested, both can be highly effective for your pregnancy.

Semen contains certain chemicals known as prostaglandins. These chemicals will help ripen pregnant women’s cervixes, and having an orgasm can sometimes start your contractions. Those are two big methods right there. If you also are able to relax enough to have sex, that relaxation can also assist your body in removing mental barriers to starting labor. Lots of women want to know about how to induce labor like this – it’s about a 50-50 split between women and wanting to have sex late in pregnancy, but if you want to it’s worth trying.

Nipple massage works in a similar way. In third trimester pregnant women, their nipples have become more sensitive due to hormonal changes. One of these hormones is called oxytocin. Oxytocin is natural hormone everyone makes, but in pregnant women it has the added effect of starting labor in some cases. To facilitate the release of oxytocin into your bloodstream, gently massage your nipples. The hormone should be released very soon after.

In fact, oxytocin is such a powerful hormone, the medical drug Pitocin that doctors use is actually a synthetic version of the chemical your body makes every day. Of all the natural ways to induce labor, oxytocin is closely linked to medical methods too.

Some women who might be ready physically to start labor don’t because they are too stressed out. If you can relax you can often calm your body down which might start the labor process. Physical activity is also a good labor inducer. Keep it easy this late in pregnancy though – yoga or light jogging is often effective. As you move around, you both relax yourself and get your baby moving around. Maybe you’ll get him moved around enough to want to come out?

Another thing to consider is special herbs. Herbs like black cohash, blue cohash, evening primrose, and red raspberry can induce labor. This is something to definitely discuss with an herbalist or midwife. They can prepare you special teas or oils to start contractions. These herbs one of the more traditional natural ways to induce labor, and have worked for some women.

Don’t think you are dependent on the doctor to induce labor. There are many safe and natural ways to induce labor that you can try. Always remember to stay safe and relax – your pregnancy will be over soon, but motherhood is just starting! Best of luck to you.

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jaime March 31, 2011 at 10:51 pm

i have tried everything you can possibly imagine from black cohosh pills to the tincture to evening primerose pills to drinking the awful taste of redraspberry tea. i have tried sex and nipple stimulation both manual and also using a pump…my induction is scheduled for the fifth and im desperate for a remedy before than can anyone help???

Carol April 1, 2011 at 1:38 am

@jaime You should try acupressure – it should work for you.

funmi September 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Have you tried castor oil? It works.

Nicci September 15, 2011 at 10:26 am

Castor oil may work, but it can be quite harmful as well. Before trying it, please look into the research that shows that babies born due to “castor oil induction” are significantly more likely to pass and inhale meconium. Castor oil will stimulate mama’s bowels, and baby’s as well. There are many other ways to naturally induce labor that are much safer.

Remember too that you don’t have to agree to everything your doctor (or midwife) suggests. Unless there is a medical need to induce, tell her/him that you would like to try other methods!

Best of luck Mamas!

christina November 26, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I have tried castor oil an black cohosh in orange juice an it worked wonders on me.. I had my first son an was scheduled to be induced an my grandma in california told me about the remedy an how much to use.. I tried it an it worked wonderfully.. After u take it your suppose to go walking for an hour or as long as you can, then go home put ur feet up relax, but u will have bowel movements. But you should eat before getting ready to take it. Then just lay back chill to the effects kick in. Im now about to have my second son an i plan on using the same remedy, it also helps with contractions. When having my first son, i made it to the hospital an i was 9cm an ready to have the baby…

Lata July 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm

How do you use the black cohosh? did you take one vitamin a day or more?

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