As you near the end of your pregnancy, you become eager for the pregnancy to be over, and ready to meet your little bundle of joy. You may be wondering when it's safe to induce labor yourself, and how to go about accomplishing inducing labor yourself?
Knowing when it's safe: You should never try to induce labor yourself before 40 weeks of pregnancy. Sometimes your due date can be off by a little and if you try to induce labor before the 40 week mark you take the risk of delivering a baby that is not ready to be outside the womb yet.
Walking: Start walking to get the labor process going. When you walk your hips sway side to side which helps bring the baby into the birth canal. Also, standing up straight helps the baby go towards the pelvis because of gravity. Another plus is walking feels good while you're contracting!
Making Love: Having sex is usually the last thing on a pregnant woman's mind. You probably feel clumsy and large, but sex is one of the best things you can do to induce labor yourself. When you and your partner make love the semen helps stimulate contractions!
Castor Oil: Some woman swear by Castor oil to induce labor. Castor oil is believed to work by causing spasms in the intestines, which surround the uterus during pregnancy. These spasms cause the uterus to cramp, which may result in labor.
It is suggested that woman take one to four ounces of Castor oil mixed in six ounces of orange juice to start labor. Just keep in mind that Castor oil is a natural laxative and will cause you to relieve your bowels often.
Black and Blue Cohosh: These are two herbs that are often used to induce labor naturally. They are shown to be particularly effective if you have weak or irregular contractions. Blue Cohosh is known for making contractions strong, while Black Cohosh makes the contractions more regular. Together these herbs make your contractions more effective. Before starting these herbs make sure to contact your doctor to discuss if this method is right for you.
Nipple stimulation: Some woman use nipple stimulation to induce labor themselves. This stimulation brings out oxytocion, which is a natural form of pitocin. This will eventually evolve into labor.
Most doctors tell there expecting patients not to use nipple stimulation as a way to induce labor yourself, because it is well know to lead to a excessively long, and strong labor. This type of labor often causes the baby's heart rate to raise, which is harmful to the baby. Ask your doctor what they think about nipple stimulation for inducing labor yourself.
Many of these options to induce labor yourself only work if your body, and the baby are ready for labor. Just be patient if doesn't work. Concentrate on delivering a healthy baby. Don't get discouraged if your don't go in labor right away, you will have a lifetime to spend with your baby when he/ or she finally does arrive!