6 Ways to Induce Labor Naturally
Have you reached the point where you’re tired of being pregnant, but you’re not quite ready for a medical induction (although it’s tempting AF)?
The last weeks of pregnancy are the longest, short period of time in your life so far. I know, I’ve been there. My babies came at 39+6, 40+3 and 41 weeks, respectively.
If you’re ready to give your body & baby a gentle nudge, this is for YOU.
And not just sex. Sex with semen inside of you, and ideally, where you orgasm.
Because semen contains natural prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are the active ‘ingredient’ in the medical induction drug, Cervidil. It’s believed that 3x the natural form of prostaglandins (found in semen) has a comparable effect on ripening your cervix (effacement during labot) as Cervidil.
Also, orgasms (& the love hormone oxytocin) are great for encouraging the uterus to contract.
Side note: if your water has broken, do not have sex to try to speed up labor due to risk of infection.
2. NIPPLE STIMULATION
Unfortunately, nipple stimulation when trying to induce labor is not as fun as it sounds (especially if you have sensitive nipples with pregnancy).
The idea is to recreate the feeling of a baby nursing on your breast, which signals your body to release oxytocin. Remember that oxytocin encourages your uterus to contract. After birth this is to help the uterus return to its original size, but during birth oxytocin —> contractions to get the baby out.
Tip: Try putting on a breast pump for nipple stimulation. Bonus points if you’re bouncing on the yoga ball at the same time.
3. MOVE YOUR BODY
This is, of course, assuming that you have approval from your doctor for physical activity.
You can try:
Bouncing on your birth ball (tip: when sizing for your birth ball, make sure that your hips are higher than your knees)
Try to match your activity level with the time of day and how you're feeling. If it's morning and you have energy, consider taking a brisk walk. If it's evening and you're tired, rest.
Having said that, be careful not to exhaust yourself. Don't overdo it.
There are several acupressure points on your body that can help with labor induction. Here are a few examples.
large intestine point
spleen 6 point
center of palm
Seek out an acupuncturist in your area. Bonus if they offer moxibustion.
Time to break out your essential oils… diffuse, rub on your belly, or even put a few drops in a warm bath.
Clary sage oil is a popular oil for use during labor.
Before you go… I have a little something for you. If you’re wanting an easier labor… here are ‘12 Positions for an Easier Labor’ to download!
Have said all of this ^^^, here are a few things to consider:
Has your provider given you the ‘go ahead’ to try natural induction options? And are you term?
If your body and your baby aren’t ready for birth, these suggestions might not do much for you. But if you’re at the edge of labor, these may give your body that little extra push to get things started.