3rd Trimester

Natural Ways to Induce Labor



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About nine months ago, you couldn't wait to utter three little words, I am pregnant. Now, nearly nine months later, you can't wait for it to be all over. The three little words you want to come out of your mouth now are, "my water broke", but it just won't happen.

There are things that you can do to bring baby out, though I will caution, none are known to be full proof. Nevertheless, if you are desperate, and at least 38weeks pregnant, doing any the following things might help you transport yourself into the postpartum world.

CASTOR OIL AND ORANGE JUICE

*My friend Andrea absolutely swears by this and said it worked to induce her labor when she gave birth to her third child, a son she named Nicky. Andrea is European and told me that in some countries in Europe, doctors tell their overdue patients to drink a concoction of Castor oil and orange juice, as opposed to using drugs like pitocin to induce their labor. You can add ice cream for flavor. Of course,this drink is not supposed to be delicious, and it will likely make you feel sick to your stomach, but if you're ready for baby, this might be the perfect cocktail.

ENEMAS

* Giving yourself an enema will have the same effect as drinking a castor oil and o.j. cocktail. It's all going to come out the same place, you just have decide which way you'd rather get it in to your system.



WALK

*Especially, if you are having irregular contractions, walking may put you into active labor. With my last child, I actually wanted to postpone delivery. She was due New Year's Eve and with four other children at home, my mantra was if I can just get through Christmas. I had some contractions on the twenty third, so my husband ordered me to bed. I did all my last minute Christmas prep from bed and got up only to go to Christmas Eve dinner at my Mom's house. My husband played Santa solo. The next day as soon as I was up and walking around, the contractions started again, and now I was ready. I walked up and down the stairs, gave the kids a bath, and before I knew it I was headed to the hospital.

TAKE A HOT BATH

*A hot bath may put you into labor for several reasons. First of all, it will relax you. There is a lot evidence which suggests that when a woman is uptight, she will be less likely to go into labor. In addition to being emotionally calming, a bath will loosen up the body, making it more likely that a women will let go and go into labor. This is a great option, and even if it doesn't put you into labor, it's still a nice treat.

HAVE SEX

*Like a hot bath, sex may or may not work, but either way, it has its benefits. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

MAKE PLANS

* This method is less scientific, but not less effective. The bottom line, I think, is that when women focus on the present and avoid focusing on when the baby will come, they tend to be more relaxed, which helps bring about labor. It may be tough at the end to think about anything else, but its not impossible. If you sit and wait for your baby, it will seem to take forever for it to come. Instead, forget about being pregnant. Take advantage of the time you have left to do things that you might not be able to do after the baby comes. Go to a play or sports event or to the movies and dinner. If you forget that, at any moment you might go into labor, your baby will come when you least expect it.

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