How to Stimulate Labor and Birth
So you’ve made it to the final stretch of your pregnancy. Your baby bump has steadily gotten bigger, and the amount of your feet that you can see when you stand up and look down has steadily gotten smaller. When you are in the last week leading up to your due date (and sometimes past that date) it can be frustrating to not feel any progress toward finally getting to meet your new little bundle of joy. Here at Missouri Midwifery, we understand your desire to kickstart the labor and birth process. There are endless suggestions on how to stimulate labor and birth with various levels of reliability. We have compiled a list of a few natural methods to hopefully help stimulate labor.
Walking and staying active throughout your pregnancy is a great way to keep yourself healthy. In the last days of your pregnancy, walking is one of the easiest things to do to try and get the labor and birth process started. The repetitive hip-swaying motions that happen when you walk can encourage the baby to shift into the right position in the birth canal. At Missouri Midwifery, we encourage walking even during active labor!
When you walk, be sure not to overexert yourself. Keep a comfortable pace and take a break if you need it. You don’t want to be overtired when the labor and birth starts!
We’ve all heard stories on how sex caused a woman to go into labor. While it isn’t a foolproof method to start labor, it usually doesn’t hurt to try! Sex helps loosen and relax the muscles in the cervix, and an orgasm can cause uterine contractions. Interestingly enough, semen even has hormones called prostaglandins that help thin and dilate the cervix. If anything, sex can help you relax and have a little fun before the baby comes.
Historically, people have consumed small amounts of castor oil to help stimulate labor. Unfortunately, castor oil can have some uncomfortable side effects for your bathroom habits, causing diarrhea and other issues. Spicy foods, on the other hand, can cause a lot of the same beneficial effects of castor oil without as many as the negative effects. Like walking, eating spicy foods to start labor and birth should be done in moderation. If you have been prone to heartburn during your pregnancy, you may want to skip this method.
Your baby will make their appearance into the world when they are ready! Although it can be frustrating to wait longer than you may have expected to go through labor and birth, know that your baby is still growing and developing within your womb. Try to relax and maybe do some enjoyable activities to help get your mind off of waiting.
Labor and Birth at Missouri Midwifery
At Missouri Midwifery, we want to help you through every step of your pregnancy, from prenatal care to the labor and birth process to postpartum care. Our Certified Nurse Midwives are here for you through every part of your low-risk pregnancy. For more information about our holistic care options for expectant mothers, contact Missouri Midwifery today!