Ways to Induce Labor at Home

by Carol Roberts, Childbirth Researcher on May 11, 2011

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Are you looking for simple, natural ways to induce labor at home? You may think you are at the mercy of nature’s clock, but there are things which you can do to bring your delivery date closer. These methods will only work if you really are ready to deliver and your baby is ready to be safely born, but that’s the way you want it anyway. If you try to induce labor unnaturally using a drug, you can damage your body and cause harm to your baby. These natural methods are safe though; they will only encourage the natural process. Still, you should not use any of these methods prior to 39 weeks.

To induce labor at home, you can try stocking up on some natural herbal supplements which have been used by generations of midwives to help induce labor. Evening primrose oil, ginger root, black cohosh, raspberry leaf tea and cumin tea are among the most popular herbs to help bring on labor. You take most of these orally, but you can apply the primrose oil topically to your cervix if you wish. Make sure you consult with a physician to make sure that these herbs are right for you.

You can also try exercise to induce labor at home as long as you don’t overexert yourself. Walking is a gentle exercise which can induce labor. You can also try squatting or doing stair exercises. Sexual intercourse can induce labor by producing contractions in the cervix through the release of the hormone Oxytocin. Nipple stimulation can also cause Oxytocin to be released, causing the same kind of contractions. These contractions can be the start of labor.

If you are feeling stressed out, your own nervousness could be partially the cause of your delays. Find ways to relax and don’t worry too much about when delivery will happen. Trust in nature and in your body, and you will deliver at the time which is best. The less you worry about it, the sooner you will probably end up giving birth. So even if the ways you learned about how to induce labor aren’t working, they will very soon.

Another way to induce labor at home is acupressure. Acupressure is an age-old tradition of medicine developed in China wherein various pressure points throughout the body are stimulated in order to regulate and balance the flow of energy in your system. You can look at your body as an energetic system, not just a system of matter. Changes in the state of your energy can cause changes in your physical state. Acupressure can be self-performed or done with the aid of a partner. If you prefer, you can visit a professional acupressurist to receive treatment. It is not unusual for a woman to go into labor within just 48 hours of receiving acupressure treatments!

So if you are worrying or just tired and frustrated, relax and help nature take its course through any of these natural ways of inducing labor at home. You can give birth on time, or close to on time, using safe techniques developed over centuries and practiced all over the world. Good luck on your delivery!

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