Here are a few non-medical methods for getting labor going.[Note: […]
Here are a few non-medical methods for getting labor going.[Note: Always consult your health care provider before attempting any labor-inducing practice.]
Sex. Orgasm makes the body release prostaglandin and oxytocin, both hormones that cause your uterus to contract. (Semen also contains prostaglandin.) A pregnant woman can have sex right up until her baby is born, unless she has been advised not to because of bleeding or other concerns.
Nipple stimulation. Similar to intercourse, pinching, rubbing or otherwise manipulating the nipples releases oxytocin and promotes uterine contraction.
Physical activity. Exercise like riding a stationary bike or swimming can help baby get in position for birth. By walking, squatting and doing lunges, the body can open up and settle baby down into the pelvis.
Castor oil. One of the more unpleasant options, drinking castor oil dehydrates your body and makes your intestines contract (often causing painful diarrhea), which releases prostaglandin.
Acupressure. If your body is close to labor, certain pressure points in the body can be pressed or rubbedto bring about contractions.
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