You have completed all the stages of pregnancy development, and now you cannot wait any longer to start a whole new life of motherhood. Your curiosity to see the "little wonder" is understood. But, babies follow their own time-table. They come out only when they feel they are ready to do so. The minimum time period a baby spends inside its mother's womb is 38 weeks, but it can even prolong up to 42 weeks. Thus, a baby is delivered anytime between the 38th to 42nd week of pregnancy. Gynecologists often give a fixed date for the delivery, however, hardly 3-5% of women deliver exactly on their due dates.
When you experience no labor-like symptoms even after the 42nd week of your pregnancy, you are said to be overdue or "post-dated". You should see your gynecologist for necessary medical intervention. If your gynecologist says that all is fine, then with her agreement, you can attempt to employ some natural means to induce labor.
Physical Activity: Keep yourself physically active. In this way, you can make use of gravity to direct your baby to naturally take the position required for a safe delivery. It also keeps you fit and helps you in recovering from the physical exhaustion of delivery. Take a walk for about 15-20 minutes in a day, during anytime that you feel is comfortable. You can also do small household chores, such as cleaning, dusting, mopping the floor, and many more. Many cases have been documented, where women started to experience labor while doing some household work.
Prostaglandin and Oxytocin: Love making is scientifically known to induce labor. The hormones prostaglandin and oxytocin ripen the cervix, hence allowing it to dilate. Prostaglandin is present in semen, while women produce oxytocin during the climax of sexual intercourse. Love making makes both these hormones available in the expectant mother's body, which in turn induces labor.
Talking to the Baby: There is no scientific explanation behind the saying that talking to your baby can induce labor. Still, the statement is quite popular in South-East Asian countries. According to the Indian epic Mahabharata, a character named Abhimanyu learned the strategies of war while he was inside his mother's womb. It is also said that he actually implemented that particular war strategy in the war of Mahabharata. You can choose to believe it or not, but you cannot deny the fact that the hearing system of a baby is well-developed before birth. So, start talking to your "little love" and assure him that the outside world is desperate to welcome him.
Nipple Stimulation: Nipple stimulation induces the production of oxytocin. This method is sure to induce labor, but must be done only under the guidance of a gynecologist or a professional midwife. This is so because vigorous stimulation of nipples may induce strong contractions. Also this works, only if the cervix has started to dilate.
Herbs and Spices: Herbs such as basil, oregano, evening primrose oil, red raspberry, blue and black cohosh, and false unicorn leaves are known to induce labor naturally. Some experts on maternity say that eating spices trigger contractions by boosting digestion, and thus increasing the availability of prostaglandin.
Castor Oil: The use of castor oil for this purpose is very popular in Egypt. A dose of 60 ml is said to be enough to induce labor.
Fruits: Tropical fruits such as mango, kiwi, and pineapple are also known to induce labor.
Acupressure: Hoku, Bladder 32, Spleen 6 are some of the pressure points that when pressed, stimulate cervix dilation and contractions.
Relaxation: You can also take the help of yoga, meditation, or massage to induce labor. These methods of relaxation bring you to a state that your body feels is safe and comfortable for child-birth.
The techniques cited above are natural, safe, and comfortable. Still, it is recommendable that you consult a medical professional before trying any of them. Here's wishing you a comfortable and safe parturition!
Disclaimer: This iBuzzle article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.