Induce Labor at Home

If you are an expectant mother and you want to give birth naturally, you most probably want to know, how to induce labor at home. There are many ways of inducing labor at home. Scroll down to know what are the measures that you can undertake, to induce labor at home.
Many times, it so happens that the obstetrician and gynecologist are of the opinion, that the baby will be born any time, but the mother sees no trace of the baby making any such moves. Hence, she wants to know the ways to induce labor at home. If you are an expectant mother and are looking for tips to induce labor at home, you should remember, not to follow the given advice just blindly, else it can cause harm to your baby. Talk to your doctor or your mid-wife, before taking any of the following steps. Read on further to know about inducing labor at home.

How to Induce Labor at Home

There are natural herbs, which are said to help in inducing labor at home. However, I will not recommend the use of these herbs, as although the herbs can be "natural", there is no guarantee, that the herbs are 100% safe. To avoid any risks to your health as well as that of the baby, avoid these herbs. Though the use of castor oil to induce labor is an old midwife's method. However, it can have side effects. A number of times, it can cause diarrhea. It is not something that you would want to tackle at this stage. Having said that, here are some tips to induce labor at home.

Nipple stimulation is one of the safe methods to induce labor at home. When the nipples are stimulated, natural oxytocin is released in the body. There is also a synthetic version of oxytocin which is used in hospitals, if the delivery is long overdue. Sex also helps in releasing oxytocin and if you are comfortable with it, you may want to try that option. There is an added advantage of a sexual intercourse. It is that it helps in the ripening of the cervix, as the semen contains hormones called prostaglandins. At the same time, when a woman has an orgasm, oxytocin is released in the body, causing the uterus to contract.

Light to moderate exercises can also be useful to induce labor at home. Pregnancy exercises will help the baby to descend into the pelvic region. You may want to try walking, squatting, dancing, etc. These methods also help in the dilation of the cervix and they also help in releasing the hormone oxytocin. This hormone causes contractions to start and intensify. Going up and down the staircase is also said to be useful in inducing labor at home. If your apartment does have a staircase, you may want to try this method out. There are some people, who also recommend a bumpy ride, however ,I would beg to differ with it. It is not the method, you will want to use to induce labor.

Relaxation techniques help to a large extent to induce labor at home. Many of us are not aware of the power our mind has. If you are stressed about inducing labor, there are chances, that you may not go into it. These techniques will help in calming the mind down. At this stage, you may also try to connect with your baby. Acupressure can also be used to induce labor at home, but make sure you have reached the 41st week of your pregnancy, before you try this method. There are certain specific spots, which will have to be activated, so that the cervix ripens and aids the baby to descend further down. The added advantage of using acupressure to induce labor at home is, that it also helps in reducing labor pain. This will help you to be happier and more relaxed, as you are welcoming your bundle of joy in this world.

Stretching the uterine membranes is also used to induce labor. This method should not be tried at home. It is better done by a midwife or by your obstetrician and gynecologist. Stretching the uterine membranes is done, when all the other methods fail. After the use of this method, expect labor to start within 48 hours.

As you are using these natural ways to induce labor at home, keep in touch with your obstetrician and gynecologist all the while. I would also recommend that you talk to your obstetrician and gynecologist before you try any of the methods for inducing labor at home. He will be in a better place to judge your physical health now.
By Bhakti Satalkar
Last Updated: 9/27/2011
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