Are There Natural Induction Techniques?
Pregnancy that has gone past your due date has its own set of challenges. At 41 weeks of pregnancy, most healthcare providers like to try to start encouraging labor.
We understand that resorting to medical or surgical methods to induce labor can be the wrong path for mothers wanting a natural birth. However, fortunately enough, there are natural ways to induce labor!
At Birth Center Stone Oak, we recommend gentle and completely natural labor induction techniques that include:
Using a breast pump to stimulate your nipples is a great way to stimulate oxytocin release, a hormone that induces uterine contraction, which will ultimately help labor progress effectively.
If you’re not comfortable using a breast pump, gently massage your nipples or ask a partner or doula to do it.
Many strictly avoid castor oil during pregnancy, but you can actually use it near term to induce labor if your healthcare provider agrees.
Drinking 1 or 2 ounces of castor oil helps release prostaglandin, a hormone that helps ripen the cervix which leads to labor starting and progressing accordingly. However, make sure you only do this under proper supervision. Castor oil can sometimes be overstimulating, which may lead to precipitous labor in some instances.
Certain herbs and their oils are known to promote uterine contraction and bring about the onset of labor.
These include black cohosh, blue cohosh, raspberry leaf tea, and evening primrose oil. Sometimes you can find tincture formulations you can add to your drinks or tea in recommended amounts to help the onset of labor.
Ensure proper alignment
For labor to progress more smoothly, it is essential to ensure that your body is in proper alignment.This is why we encourage moms to stay active by performing pregnancy-safe workouts and yoga.
We also recommend that you see a chiropractor and get your pelvis and back adjusted to help. A pregnancy expert chiropractic adjustment can help with aligning your body so the baby can descend more easily.
We do not offer any medical or surgical methods of labor induction that are routinely available in a hospital setting. We believe birthing is a natural process and should be encouraged to progress that way unless it’s necessary to intervene otherwise. If you want to learn more about our care, send us a message!