How to Induce Labor NATURALLY ?
Pregnancy is the toughest and the most painful… yet very beautiful Phase of a woman’s life. No mother feels that as a weight or burden that she is carrying along with her for 9 months. From the 2nd week of pregnancy, baby’s heart starts beating. Since that time mother starts thinking and it continues till 9 months… that is 38 to 40 weeks… that is 280 days… “When will I see my bundle of joy coming out and playing with me”? Such a beautiful dream that truly comes true in front of eyes. She count the days and check the calendar daily… How many days passed? Still How many days left? When it is too late, Then they look to Induce labor early . So here are the Best ways to induce natural labor naturally
Why do we need to wait for Natural or Normal delivery?
Normal or natural way of giving birth to a child is healthier to mother as well as baby. Children born through birth canal will be developed with more resistance against many infections and diseases. Another good thing is they will be more affectionate with mother if the child birth is through birth canal.
For most of the cases baby comes out with + or – 2 days to + or – 2 weeks near to due date. But there are few cases where it may take longer than that. Why is that?
Why is the delay after due date?
There is no specific reason observed for the overdue of baby delivery as of now. It could be sometimes because of genetic predisposition.
What happens if you cross the due date?
Last few weeks of delivery is very exciting for parents. What if that gets delayed? Usually mother gets so anxious when this happens. If everything during pregnancy time is well and both mother and baby is doing well, then nothing to worry if it crosses the due date for 1 to 2 weeks.
If it is more than 2 weeks then the possible complications could be:
1. Placenta might gradually stop nourishing the baby
2. Due to growing size of the baby mother will be over stressed due to increased weight
3. Mother will feel difficulty in breathing
4. There may be an infection inside the womb due to over period of baby’s waste inside the womb which is harmful for baby and mother too.
5. Unexpected problems may arise during labor time
6. Risk of being stillborn (Flat or dead baby during birth) may increase, if it crosses after 2 weeks.
Don’t worry and don’t think too much on that. Only 10 percent of the pregnant ladies get the contractions exactly on due date. Remaining all will get before or after 1 to 2 weeks.
Don’t worry… Your baby is not going to stay in your womb for life long. He /She is just playing a hide and seek with you… and want to see you soon… Very soon…
Parents get tensed for this and worry about the baby and sometimes they cannot control the curiosity and anxiety to see the baby. So, I can help you with 10 best ways to induce the labor naturally. This is completely natural.
What is labor and What will happen when we induce the labor naturally?
Labor is the process by which the fetus and the placenta leaves the uterus of the mother through the birth canal. Labor happens when Cervix is ripened and softened and ready to fit the baby out.
How Do we know that Cervix is ripened or not ?
In medical terminology Cervix ripening is called as cervix dilation. This dilation will be measured in centimeters . In some women it is one, two, three, or even more centimeters dilated before labor even starts. When the cervix is open a couple of centimeters, you can easily slip your finger into the opening. it is like putting your finger between soft, puckered lips. So check yourself whether you are ready with dilation or not before going for the below process.
How to Induce the labor naturally ?
Note : You can induce the labor only when the cervix is ripened and ready to deliver the baby. You need to wait till that time, to apply any of these methods.
Here are the Best ways to induce the labor Naturally:
Castor oil is the best solution to induce the labor naturally. Castor oil is having very good laxative properties. Usually castor oil is used to cause the contractions in the bowels, which intern stimulates the uterine muscle to get contracted. Castor oil usually dehydrates the body. The basic reason how castor oil induces the labor is, the key chemical compound present in castor oil, ricinoleic acid.
Ricinoleic acid targets the prostaglandin receptors on smooth muscles of intestine and uterus to stimulate contractions.
How to use castor oil to induce the Labor ?
Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of castor oil in 24 hrs. period. of time. You can get the castor oil used for foods in any medical shop or in amazon too. Drink lots of water if you are taking castor oil, as castor oil dehydrates your body. And one more thing to remember while using this is… Use castor oil only to induce the labor, but not to speed up the already induced or ongoing labor. Because it will be more painful than normal if you use castor oil to speed up the labor.
2.Fresh Pineapple :
Pineapple is another good natural source to induce the labor. Pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme called bromelain that helps to soften the cervix which intern induce the labor. Make sure you get a fresh pineapple to eat. Only fresh one can have abundant amount of bromelain.
How to use pineapple to induce the labor?
Take one glass of pineapple juice or a pineapple smoothie or 4 medium size slices of pineapple. Do not take over dose of pineapple to get the contractions early. As the juice is more acidic, it may cause heart burn which causes more discomfort during labor.
3.Hot water Head bath:
Taking little hot to warm water head bath will relax your body from stress and helps to induce the labor. The basic concept is, doing a hot to warm water head bath will activate the brain and may pin some pressure points in the body to release the hormones effectively. The trick here is… Pour the water from little high straightly on to your scalp to get the pressure well. Be careful with temperature while bathing… too hot temperature may increase your body temperature too… which will cause discomfort to the baby.
4.Eat foods with chilies and capsicum:
That means in other words… eat spicy food to induce the labor. Eating spicy foods with chilies and capsicum will help to induce the labor by ripening the cervix more with the enzyme capsacin that is there in chilies and capsicum. Labor is a painful event that shares features with inflammatory reactions where peripheral nociceptive pathways are involved. Studies have proven that, capsaicin will block the nerve ending that causes pain during labor. So this helps to induce the labor as well as to reduce the pain during labor. But take care while eating more spicy food as that may causes gastric problems during labor.
5.Raspberry leaf tea:
This is another good trick to induce the labor naturally. Raspberry leaf extracts will tone the muscles of uterus and help to have a comfortable labor. It is better to start taking raspberry leaf tea from 32 to 33 weeks of labor with little quantity during initial days as it takes time to tone the muscles. Once you reached near to your due date… If you have strong Braxton Hicks contractions after drinking the tea, cut the amount you drink, or stop taking it.
Natural Black licorice contain glycyrrhizinand which is present in roots of licorice and is responsible for sweet taste of it. It is said to stimulate the labor. Get natural licorice that contains less sugar. Licorice can stimulate cramps in the bowel by having a laxative effect. Bowel cramps may help induce uterine cramps.
Precaution: This can be used to induce the labor only after the due date. As, licorice causes preterm delivery if this is taken earlier to delivery due date which will affect the baby’s health.
7.Climb the steps:
Climbing steps will help the cervix to drop the baby down. This is strictly an option only when the cervix is softer and ripened. You need to be very careful while doing this. Otherwise it will unnecessarily lead to accidental fall downs. Better take someones help while doing this.
8. Do some belly moments:
This is either with Birthing ball bouncing with legs spread or by doing some belly moments like little dance moments. This is very fun and dance actually change your mood too…
9.Walking and Light exercise:
It helps the baby with the gravity to do it’s job in getting into position and settle down. Once the baby is settled down, baby will no longer wait to come out 🙂
10. Make Love:
Keep this option only if you are healthy and having no complications in you pregnancy term. Semen of your partner too will help in softening the cervix and induce the labor naturally. But be careful with the positions so that, baby will not get affected.
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