So the due date for your precious little one has come and gone and your little bun in the oven is not ready to say hello to the world. So what do you do when you are ready but your baby isn't? Well, there are a few things you can do to speed up the process. Read on below.
1. Walk It Off
Yep! Walk it off. Walking helps push the baby down to your pelvis. As you walk and sway your hips, the weight of your baby pushing up on your pelvis may nudge your cervix to go into labor.
2. Let's Talk About Sex
If you want your little babe to come right out, sex is a sure and enjoyable way to lure your little out. Having an orgasm releases the oxytocin, which is the hormone that can help speed up contractions. Your partner's sperm also contains prostaglandin hormones which help to thin out and dilate your cervix. To help sperm swim up to the fallopian tube, choose sex positions that angle them upward.So what are you waiting for? Go have some fun while prepping for your little angel to come out!
3. Feel The Burn
Some believe that spicy food can naturally help induce labor. Obviously, you want to eat what you know you can handle and not overdo it. Spicy food can gently irritate your intestines in turn, forcing and causing your uterus to contract. Oh, and don't forget it might also send you to the bathroom so pack up the spice moderately. 😉
4. Nipple Stimulation
Some believe stimulating the nipple can help induce labor. Although it is advisable to ask your doctor first before doing this because it can lead you to a lowered heart rate, nipple stimulation (massaging or twisting) causes your body to release oxytocin which in turn leads to having contractions.
5. Book a Massage Session
Massages are not only relaxing but they can also help induce labor. A good massage can help relax your body and prepare it for labor. It can also stimulate the pressure points that are connected to the uterus.
6. Dance Like No One Is Watching
Yes, you read that right! Dancing can help induce labor. The rhythmic movements of dancing can help move the baby into the right position for labor. So put on your favorite tunes and dance away!
7. Castor Oil
Castor oil has been used for centuries to induce labor. It is a strong laxative that can stimulate your intestines and cause them to contract, which can, in turn, stimulate your uterus to go into labor. However, it's essential to consult your healthcare provider before trying this method.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method used to induce labor. It involves inserting thin needles into specific points on your body to stimulate energy flow and induce labor. It's essential to consult a certified acupuncturist and your healthcare provider before trying this method.
Remember, it's always best to consult your healthcare provider before trying any of these methods to induce labor. Good luck!