How to Induce labor naturally?
As a first time mother, I have yet to know what methods of labor induction actually work for me. Course, what may work this time could fail me the next pregnancy. It really is a hard thing to pinpoint or to control. Labor ultimately will happen when it happens at God’s chosen moment. Still, it is good to try and bring about what must come since laying around could keep the kid cooking in the womb beyond your due date for sure! Gravity is your friend here and during labor! 👍
I asked many mothers how they induced labor naturally and here are some of their trusted methods, hopefully, this helps!
- Walking (and if cramping/contractions start-keep walking!)
- Yoga ball (stuck at home? Bounce away on a yoga ball)
- Sex (This really is #1 and doctors say it’s the “sure” tested method that works)
- Trampoline (Small or large, a few bounces may just cut it)
- Spicy foods (Some people swear by it, if anything, It couldn’t hurt I guess)
- Pelvic Stretches (Even if you don’t go into labor by them, they help you prepare)
- Chiropractor (Apparently some Chiropractors can actually induce labor by aligning your pelvic floor…fascinating)
- Castor Oil (I don’t recommend this one unless you really are desperate and don’t care about the possible side-effects of this natural laxative)
- Chores (Let the nesting instinct take hold of you, clean, mop, sweep and maybe all that work will also bring about labor too)
I have yet to try any of these but just wanted to share what has worked for the mothers in my life in the hopes that it will help other expectant moms out there. If you can’t go into labor, don’t worry! It’s common for your first child to carry up until or after your due date. Your doctor will then make the call on what is best for you and most likely that will involve inducing you in the hospital with Pitocin/Oxytocin (a hormone that a woman produces anyway to induce labor).
Also, don’t expect the first sign of labor to be “water breaking.” The movies make it like this is the first step when really it isn’t all that common for your water to break. This they will painlessly do at the hospital once you are in active labor.
Lastly, be patient.
Even if you start getting symptoms, or are dilated, it could still mean days or weeks before you meet your baby. If you are like me and don’t want the unnecessary torture of getting your cervix checked at your weekly appointments, then simply ask not to. It’s your right and honestly, checking the cervix for dilation really doesn’t tell you anything between 35-37 weeks because as I said, you could be dilated for weeks or not at all and an hour after your appointment go into labor lol (that is verbatim what my doctor said).
Just relax, try the steps above when you are feeling energized, and pray that you will meet your baby sooner rather than later. God’s got this! ❤