When I was pregnant, I was all for natural birth, without pitocin, epidural and other chemical stuff. And I started collecting information of ways to induce labor naturally. Not that I knew that I would need this information, but I wanted to know it, just in case. So, when I was 41 weeks into my pregnancy, my midwife told me that if I don’t go into labor within couple of days, they will expect me in the hospital for induction. Needless to say, the first thing I did when I got home from my midwife appointment – was to look into my list of methods.
That same day I started trying all possible remedies for inducing labor naturally. I’m not sure what really helped, but in the evening my contractions started and the next day I gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl. Absolutely naturally!
So, I hope my list would be helpful for someone too:)
1) Evening primrose oil – after 35 weeks, insert 2- 500 mg capsules directly into your vagina as close to your cervix as possible right before you go to bed
2) Eating pineapple. It takes the equivalent of 7 pineapples to have an effect
3) Sitting on a birthing ball and do some exercises (circular motions)
5) Raspberry leaf tea, starting at approx. 34 weeks
6) Acupressure – There are pressure points in the shoulder well, webbing between thumb and forefinger, heel and small of back
8) Nipple stimulation produces oxytocin and can produce some strong effects, so you can try stimulating your nipples. Massage the first nipple for 5 minutes (when there are no contractions), then wait to see what happens (around 15 mins or so) before doing more.
9) Spicy Food / Curry
10) Eat Date Fruit! 6 date fruits per day for 4 weeks prior to estimated date of delivery
11) Balsamic Vinegar
12) Bananas – Potassium is meant to help with muscle contractions so being low can offset labor. Bananas have plenty of potassium
13) Basil – Throw some in your cooking
14) Borage seed oil – Meant to have similar effects to evening primrose oil – dilating and effacing
15) Clary sage oil – Use for aromatherapy as an oil or in a candle
16) Dancing – Don’t do anything too drastic – pole dancing might be a bit much! But if you get in there and swing your hips around a lot, there’s a chance baby might think about coming out
17) Eggplant – Many people swear by eggplant parmigiana
18) Kneeling on all fours – A friend of a friend was told to do this. Swing the hips back and forth
19) Licorice – Try to get the natural kind – it contains more licorice and usually less sugar. Like castor oil, some people claim that the slightly laxative effect can cause cramps in the bowel which lead to contractions
20) Motherwort – Taken in tea
21) Galloping – Many women claim that imitating a horse can help start labor
22) Oregano – Throw some in your cooking
23) Relaxation exercises – Try some relaxing music and just lie back or even join a meditation class
24) Squats – Doing a few of these each day often helps to move the baby down and into position
25) Thyme Tea
26) Visualization exercises – Many women swear by these. Try making a recording of yourself talking about the baby moving down, preparing to be born etc or just imagine it in your head
What are other methods that helped you to induce labor naturally?
Disclaimer: The information in this post in not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.