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As you reach the end of your pregnancy, you may begin looking for natural ways to induce labor. Please keep in mind that you should not use any of these methods until you are past your due date. No method is guaranteed to work. Even drugs like pitocin do not always work at inducing labor. If your baby and body is not ready, labor will not begin.
I have to add my 2 cents! Prior to this baby, I had four babies with medical induction (the doctors said I had too much amniotic fluid to carry safely beyond my due date). This time around, with baby #5, I had seen a doctor at a different medical practice, and she wanted to "wait it out". Imagine, I didn't! I was determined to have this baby born by his due date! Here’s what I did (and it worked!). Sunday morning, I made a fruit smoothie with 2 lbs fresh diced pineapple, 2 lbs fresh diced mango, and about a dozen those huge Costco strawberries (actually, all three fruits came from Costco). I also added plain yogurt and honey for flavor. I drank that all day long, there was about half a gallon of this stuff. Two days later, I woke up to a bloody show. I called the hospital, and they told me to go in. After being watched for three hours and not dilating more than 1 cm, they sent me home. I was sooo frustrated! oh, I also lost my mucous plug while I was at the hospital. They told me it could still take days - up to two weeks! NO, I thought, this baby is coming today! So, I went and had a lunch with my hubby and a girlfriend - eggplant parmesan at a local Olive Garden. All the while the contractions were coming on every 10 minutes, and were about 2-3 on a 10-gradient pain scale - not enough to make me progress in laboring. Then, hubby and I came home and went for a nice, long (2 hours long, to be exact!) walk. When we came back, I took an hour-long shower. Then, we did the "naughty"... I made sure to get all the semen into me. By 6 pm, the contractions were coming on every 6 minutes and were becoming progressively more painful. I had hubby drop me off at the hospital, where a girlfriend had met me (I checked in and told the nurses I was NOT going home this time until the baby was born. They all joked about it, but little did they know I was right). Hubby went to pick up the kids and his mother (they were there since they got out of school that day), and bring them back to our house. We thought there was a plenty of time. When I got into my hospital room, I was dilated whooping 4 centimeters. The nurse started putting the IV in my arm, by then the pain was unbearable, I was screaming for meds! 45 minutes, 4 pokes in my arms (they kept hitting the valves); the 2 nurses got IV into me. They went to check if I could still have meds - nope, I was at 8.5 cm. 30 minutes later, my water broke, and the baby boy decided it was time. My girlfriend called my hubby, who just got into the hospital garage (thank GOD!), and he barely made it for the arrival of our baby boy! The baby was squeaky clean at birth, none of the gross-looking white stuff on him! So, pineapple and mango do induce labor, and eggplant parmesan, walking and sex help it along. LOL
The eggplant parmesan I've read is not actually what induces labor. A lot of people are saying it's the eggplant. I've read it's actually the basil and oregano in the dish. Apparently staying away from large quantities of the two herbs and the essential oils for aromatherapy is something pregnant women need to do because they can induce labor.
castor oil totally worked for me I was skeptical but I wanted to give birth so badly I bought a bottle on the 8th went into labor that night and gave birth on the 10th I thought it was false labor because the contractions stopped but when the doctor checked me I was nine centimeters he broke my water than the pain came but I was already fully dialated so it didnt last long it was the easiest delivery of my life
On the maturity of pregnant women who are pregnant and to become more and more uncomfortable. Some herb, foods such as evening primrose oil, pineapple, caster oil,eating spicy foods can stimulate contractions. another methods long walking, light exercise, nipple stimulate, massage and bouncing on yoga ball can often induce labor. Yoga ball is a gentle way to induce labor.
On the maturity of pregnant women who are pregnant and to become more and more uncomfortable. Some herb, foods such as evening primrose oil, pineapple, caster oil,eating spicy foods can stimulate contractions. another methods long walking, light exercise, nipple stimulate, massage and bouncing on yoga ball can often induce labor. Yoga ball is a gentle way to induce labor
Regarding the suggestion of pineapple to induce labour, here are a few more pointers. Do not try this suggestion if you are allergic to pineapples. Duh, I guess that is a no-brainer. It is a scientific fact that pineapple contains the proteolytic enzyme bromelain which is thought to help to soften the cervix and so bring on labour. Pineapple contains only very small amounts of the chemical bromelain. It has been estimated that you would have to eat as many as seven pineapples to have any effect on the cervix. The most probable side-effect of eating large amounts of pineapple would be a severe case of diarrhoea. In which case you would be better off trying the castor oil option discussed elsewhere in this article.
Some cultures swear by this option of inducing labour but there is insufficient research data to confirm whether eating pineapple really works. There is no solid evidence establishing whether it is a safe option or not. If trying this option bear in mind that the pineapple must be fresh as the enzyme bromelain is destroyed by the manufacturing processes of canning and juicing. Another option is to buy bromelain tablets from your health food shop. As bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme that breaks down protein, it should not be eaten with protein as it will merrily digest that and be consumed in your stomach rather than doing its desired work at the cervix. It should be taken on an empty stomach and the tablets should never be chewed as the digestive enzyme will badly burn your tongue. Bromelain is often used to reduce inflammation associated with tendinitis, sprains and strains, and other minor muscle injuries. In Europe, bromelain is used to treat sinus and nasal swelling following ear, nose, and throat surgery or trauma. To treat arthritis, up to 2,000 mg of bromelain is taken each day in two divided doses. So you could safely take 1,000 mg (1 gram) twice a day in an effort to induce labour. More info is available at “14 Natural Induction Methods To Bring on Labour” at http://thenaturalmedicalhealthwell.com/opt-in-page/labour-induction-procedure/
Castor oil WORKED for me! I took it when I was almost 39 weeks pregnant. It took about 2 TBS on Thursday evening. Around 2 a.m., I woke up having to urinate & when I wiped, I noticed that I had bloody show & had lost my mucus plug. Then the contractions started. I went to the hospital, as they were about 5 min apart for an hour. I was only 1 1/2 cm dialated, so they sent me home. Said to walk & soak in a bath. I did & NOTHING! But late Friday night, the contractions were coming again, 5 min apart...went to the hospital, was 2 cm, so they sent me home. This time, I refused, so I walked around the hospital & the contractions kept coming. After another hour, I went back...they checked & I was 4 cm. My son was born at 2:23 p.m. on Saturday! I tried this with my 2nd son & it didn't work, BUT my doctor said nothing would've worked because he was so high up, I would've had to been induced no matter what. Having to be induced...well, I'd rather not because the contractions are 1000 times worse than not being induced!
I did most of these like a few days before i was due in June 2010 and nothing worked for me and my doctor told me that i could doing anything if i found anything to help with me going into labor and to help m dilate because if i didn't go into labor before my due date or dilate any that they would have to induce labor to get me started. Well nothing on this here helped me a all. So i had to be induced which kinda sucked and well i didn't even get dilated to a ten i ended up having to have a c-section. Yes this was my first child and that kinda sucked having to have a c-section.
I tried most of all this when i was pregnant but non of them worked for me it kinda sucked because if i didn't go into labor before my due date they were going to induce labor on me and so that's when i started to look into finding something to help me with my labor and nothing worked so i had to be induced which sucked because i wanted to do everything natural and i didn't get to. this is my first and so i wanted to do everything natural and didn't get to do any of it natural but i did go as long as i could before i had to get an epidural which sucked. But any way i ended up having to have a c-section with my first child. i hope that my next baby i can have natural
Im 38 weeks and my doctor is talking about inducing me next week. .bt she says that by using medicine its a 75% chance ima have a csection n i dnt wan that... I'm 75% effaced n only two cm .. dilated.. what can i do.. walking n sex has not helped..
Ladies, These are all old wives tales unproven by medical research. In fact, Castor Oil, spicy foods, sex can be harmful in late stage pregnancy. Here's the thing to do: NOTHING. Your body your baby will know when the time is ripe. Trust your body and nature. When someone here writes "xyz" worked for me it's likely coincidental--think about it: if something doens't work, people tend not to write anything.
My wife and I were pregnant with our fifth and last child. We decided not to find out the gender because we already had four girls and wanted it to be a surprise, whatever it turned out to be. I was getting impatient because I wanted time off from work badly and my wife was also wanting to hit the eject button so we started googling everything.
The reality is none of it works. We tried every single thing google has to offer and honestly none of it works. The night before she was scheduled to be induced her water broke as she came to bed. I can't tell you how lucky I feel that it happened naturally, it just feels better.
We had our last child and only son the following morning and everything went perfectly. If I could take back the $50 we spent on all kinds of products and just do my best to wait it out I would. Take this time to get the baby room ready. Clean the garage guys and get the yard looking good. Leave work with a good impression so that when your baby comes everything is relaxed and ready.
Don't try to induce labor, I am not some liberal jerk telling you what to do, all I can say is it's better to wait and not worth the stress you will put yourself through trying to stick primrose up your you know what or take something that leaves you on the toilet for hours. Sex doesn't work because we do it more then anyone. Walking doesn't work but it does attract attention as men driving by can't help but check out a hot pregnant chick! Good luck people.
When my doctor started talking about pitocin a few days after my due date, I bought a bottle of castor oil. I was terrified of using it (because I read that it causes horrible cramping), but I was even more nervous about using pitocin to get labor started. Luckily I found something much milder (and yummier!) that FINALLY got labor started! SO happy to say that Week-past-your-due-date carrot cake (http://www.lucymyerz.com/2015/06/week-past-your-due-date-carrot-cake.html) worked for me!