Although waiting for the right time for labour is highly recommended, there are a few remedies that some women tend to use to induce natural labour.
Are you due next week and still don’t have any signs of
labour at all?
Almost all pregnant women fear this situation and when this
happens, it makes the expecting mother really anxious and worried. After all these
months of going through your pregnancy, the expecting mother may tend to loose
her patience and just wants labour and childbirth to happen already!
In normal cases, the doctors tend to ask the expecting
mothers to wait for some time till the expecting mother starts feeling some contractions.
However, if you don’t wish to wait longer, there are some remedies to induce
natural labour. Please note, there is no medical proof of any of these remedies
successfully working for all expecting
Some methods may work for one pregnant mother and the same method may
not work for the some other expecting mother. Different women try different methods
to induce natural labour.
Some of these methods are described below:
1. Sexual Intercourse
Sexual intercourse is a commonly known method of inducing
natural labour in pregnant women and is also suggested by many health
practitioners. However there is no proof that intercourse can induce labour but
a large number of expecting mothers have found it to be quite helpful in
inducing natural labour.
you release ‘prostaglandins’, a substance that works just like the medicine
which is suggested in hospitals to induce labour in women.
Having said that, being careful and staying safe is really
necessary as you are now almost at full term. Your doctor can guide you further depending on
your pregnancy condition on how safe is sex for you during this time.Otherwise you can try it as long as it does
not hurt you and your baby is safe.
is a therapy or alternative form of medicine. It is also called ‘Traditional
Chinese Medicine’. It is used in a diverse range of situations depending upon
different philosophies, at different places around the world.
is also used as a method to induce natural labour.
In this therapy needles are
inserted into the women’s body at particular spots. However
you must consider going to some well-known professional/ expert practitioners
of acupuncture while considering this strategy to induce natural labour. Once
again there is no proof by experts that acupuncture can guarantee you labour and
Walking is generally good for
everyone but it is especially healthy for women during their pregnancy.Walking during pregnancy not only helps you
stay healthy and help you avoid putting extra weight, but it can also helps in
inducing natural labour.
It has been observed that women
who regularly walk during their pregnancy tend to have timely contractions and
observe positive results for their labour such as inducing labour and having
natural vaginal baby birth.
However, although walking is
generally said to be healthy during pregnancy, excessive walking during
pregnancy should not be practiced. Being exhausted by excessive walking is not
healthy for the pregnant mother. Regular walking for around 15 minutes every day
is considered good enough during pregnancy.
You should try walking more often during the last month of your
pregnancy to help induce labour.
4. Castor Oil
Using castor oil to induce
natural labour is a very old and traditional remedy to use to induce labour. How
it is done is by in-taking small amount of castor oil around your last month or
38th week of pregnancy. Taking castor oil can start bowel movements for
the pregnant mother which then puts pressure on the uterus and in turn helps
you induce labour contractions.
However, yet again, there is no real
proof related to this theory.
Further, an important thing to
note before using castor oil by pregnant mothers is that it can result into
dehydration and in some cases may cause severe diarrhoea. Therefore consulting your doctor before using castor
oil is essential.
5. Spicy Foods
Some expecting mothers also tend to have spicy food during their last
month of pregnancy to induce labour. This method of inducing natural labour is
widely used in Asia and Africa and is traditionally recommended to many
expecting mothers there.
However, in the modern western countries, it is not
recommended by doctors and health professionals as much since spicy food can
have it’s own health negatives.
Regardless you love to eat spicy food or not, and regardless of how well
it used to go with your bowel system before pregnancy, always be careful before
having too much spicy food during pregnancy and especially during the last few
weeks of your third trimester. Having spicy foods during pregnancy tends to upset
your stomach and you might end up getting diarrhoea.
6. Black Cohosh
Black Cohosh, also known as ‘magic cohosh’, is a strong herb which is
said to work as a tonic for your uterus and is also said to stimulate labour
contractions in pregnant women.It is traditionally
used in some countries a herbal treatment used for inducing natural labour in
Being a strong herb, Black Cohosh also helps in dilating the pregnant
mother’s cervix so that your baby is able to slide out easily. However once
again there is no evidence available to support the use of Black Cohosh for the
purpose of labour induction.
Further, one must be careful before using this herb since, upon use, this
herb releases a chemical which works just like estrogen. Estrogen is a female
sex hormone and many women use Estrogen in the form of medication for the development
of female reproductive system.
Although helpful in developing the female
reproductive system, there is not much literature available regarding using
this herb for inducing natural labour.
It is always best to consult your medical expert before using this herb,
especially during pregnancy for the health and safety of our baby and yourself.
Primrose oil is another type of herbal product and because of it’s
natural benefits is sometimes called ‘evening primrose oil’. PrimoseOil upon usage, tends to soften the pregnant woman’s
cervix and in turn makes way for the baby; and shortens the overall labour
duration as it contains a substance called prostaglandins. Primose oil usually
comes in the form of capsules. A single capsule of primrose oil contains
Vitamin E, linolenic acid, and gamma linolenic acid.
Although all these ingredients have huge benefit for an
individual, however, before you try anything out of the ordinary during your
pregnancy, it is always best to consult your doctor. There is no point giving new
products a try first and in case it has adverse effects and then approaching
the doctor! You never know how serious a damage can some products cause you
during the most sensitive phase of your life.
You can buy primrose oil over the counter and some women
start with small doses daily after the 38th week of pregnancy in an
attempt to have a timely natural labour.
raspberry leaf tea
Red raspberry leaf tea is seen to
help in inducing natural labour. Having small quantities of red raspberry leaf
tea helps increase contractions of the uterus in the pregnant mothers.
It is generally said that, the strength
of the contractions determines the length of your labour. Better the quality of
contractions, the shorter will the duration of labour be. Normally, pregnant
mothers start taking a cup of Red raspberry leaf tea daily after the 38th
week of pregnancy to induce labour. However yet again, no scientific study
supports that Red raspberry leaf tea can be used for induction of labour.
Pregnancy is the most sensitive
phase of a woman’s life. All the remedies mentioned above are generally
observed to be ‘safe’ for pregnant mothers; however it depends upon woman to
NEVER use anything out of the normal before getting expert advice by
your doctor/health professional.
It is not worth the risk! Foods and stuff you
may have safely used prior to your pregnancy may or may not be safe during your
pregnancy! Therefore, consult your doctor on whether any of the above mentioned
remedies are unsafe for you.
It is highly recommended to wait for the right time and do
not disturb the natural process of your delivery.
It is highly advisable to consult your doctor or health
practitioner before considering any method discussed above, as we are not
giving any medical advice here.
Different methods works differently for every pregnant women
and effectiveness of methods mentioned above cannot be guaranteed.
Methods like Acupuncture should be done under supervision of
some expert and there is need of getting proper and complete information to use
it for this purpose.
These methods may or may not have
adverse effects on your and your baby’s health if not used properly. Therefore
it is highly advised to consult your doctor and get proper suggestion as per
your health.Whether that a particular
method is suitable for you or not. Your health should remain always your
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