If you’re hoping to avoid a medical induction, then trying some of these natural methods can sometimes send your body into labour. Here are our best tips for gently giving your body a nudge!
Perhaps the most fun of induction methods (if you can actually find a position that works!). Prostaglandins in a man’s semen help to ripen the cervix. In our experience, it is important for the mother to have a good time! We release oxytocin (the hormone that creates contractions) when we feel loved or have an orgasm – so if you can muster up some sexy vibes and have a great orgasm you may just get the ball rolling.
Acupressure is derived from acupuncture, but instead of using needles you can use your fingers to press on certain points in the body. This method works because pressing certain points on your body stimulates the uterus and causes it to contract. Moreover, it not only encourages delivery but also eases the process of giving birth.
Nipple stimulation produces oxytocin and can produce some strong effects, so you can try stimulating your nipples (including your areola as a baby would when sucking) with your fingers, massaging one at a time. Massage the first nipple for five minutes and then wait to see what happens before massaging the other one. This can be a highly irritating technique if you have sensitive nipples, so perhaps do it yourself instead of getting your partner to help out – otherwise you might create the opposite of oxytocin!
Induction Massage works on helping the body relax and stimulating certain points, similar to acupressure. Sarah from @Nurturedbirthmelbourne is an experienced massage therapists who specialises in induction massage, says up to 85% of the women she massages go in to labour within 48 hours. Sarah says, “The main ingredient is to help the mothers feel relaxed and cared for, which helps stimulate oxytocin and ripen her body.”
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and is a well-known way to help get labour started. By targeting specific points in the body it can help to create balance to allow the hormones to work effectively and start stimulating the uterus. Acupuncture works best if you have had a few sessions leading up to your due date. Even if you have a fear of needles acupuncture can be incredibly relaxing and feel good. Go see @liforceacupuncture if you are in Melbourne
Relax / visualise / have a good cry
Labor and becoming a mother can be a scary prospect. Sometimes our fears can be so great that it stops our bodies going into labour. Relaxing as much as possible, creating positive visualisations and talking about any fears you have can relieve stress in your body and mind. If all else fails, have a big cry in the arms of someone you love. Let out all your fears, anxieties and worries. We all feel better after a good cry and letting go can be all that’s needed to let baby know you are ready.
our baby will come when he or she is ready – sometimes no matter what you try or do, the little one is calling the shots. Often with natural inductions nothing will work if your body is not ripe, so patience, surrender and know that no one stayed pregnant forever.