As you reach the end of your pregnancy, your body is ready to give birth naturally. You feel eager to bring your baby in this world. But do not think about ways to induce labor before forty weeks of pregnancy.
There are several natural ways in which can make you have contractions and induce labor. But these methods will work only when your body is ready to go into labor. You must discuss everything with your doctor before trying any method of inducing labor.
Walking is one of the most popular methods of inducing labor. Walking makes your hips sway side by side which helps your baby to take position. When you are contracting, it helps to walk as you are getting a good exercise as well.
Having sex may be the last thing in your mind as you feel clumsy and so big but having sex really helps in inducing labor. The semen of your partner helps in stimulating labor pains. It is very important to consult your doctor as he knows the condition of your pregnancy.
Castor oil is considered to be very effective in inducing labor. It causes spasms in the intestines and thus causes the uterus to cramp. You can take 1 to 4 ounces of castor oil once or twice, depending on your response. You can mix it with juice or water.
Nipple stimulation is another way in which labor can be induced. When you massage your nipples, body releases oxytocin. Oxytocin helps in causing contractions. But is not advisable to use this method before consulting your physician, as nipple stimulation leads to very long and strong contractions, which can result in slowing of fetal heart rate.
Some foods like pineapple, black licorice are known to induce labor. Stay away from spicy food to induce labor as you may feel very uncomfortable on a full stomach.
You can try acupressure as it relieves pain caused by contractions and also helps in inducing labor.
These natural ways of inducing labor can be very effective if your body is ready to go into labor. But do not worry if these methods do not work. Your body may need some more time to prepare itself. Just be patient and relax.