How to go into Labor! - What I am trying! *Tips and Ideas*
Okay y’all full disclosure: I am not a doctor! I am not a midwife or a nurse or anyone with any authority on the matter but I thought I would share what I have learned/what I am doing to help move things along.
I want to start by saying I believe babies will come when they are ready. Non of these methods are proven to start labor, most of them are just ways to help your body prepare for labor when your body is ready for it! The only things proven to make women go into labor are done by a medical professional. Please do your own research and talk to your doctor or midwife before you decide to try any of these things!
My baby boy will come when he wants to come! I am simply trying to prepare/strengthen my body for when that moment comes! My “dream” would be to have my babe come on his own and let my body do its thing naturally! I would prefer to not be induced, and prefer to not have medical intervention to start labor but if thats what my body needs than that is what we will do. These are just some things I am trying to encourage a more natural arrival!
Drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea :
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is an herbal tea that comes from the leaves of the red raspberry plant. It does not taste like delicious raspberries but rather like a simple herbal tea, not overly fragrant or strong. There have been many studies done on the effects of red raspberry leaf tea, (mostly done on rats) but the main benefit of the tea is that it is known to strengthen the uterus and pelvic area. This means that the tea may assist in a faster labor and faster recovery. Here is a link where you can find lots more information:
Eating 6 dates per day staring around 36 weeks is supposed to shorten your labor. A study done in 2011 and published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21280989) shows some interesting results. Women who ate the dates each day had a higher average cervical dilation upon hospital admittance than those who did not eat the dates. The date eating women also had a shorter first stage of labor (the time it takes to dilate from 0 -10). Finally 96% of the women eating the dates went into spontaneous labor (without induction) while it was only 79% of the non date eaters that went into spontaneous labor.
Bouncing on an exercise ball :
Doing exercises on an exercise ball or a birthing ball will basically help your baby move into the right position and help stretch out those sore hips and joints. Once labor has started thats when these exercises can help continue labor, manage pain and move things along.
Black licorice is thought to produce prostaglandins which can act like estrogen. This is because of the chemical, glycyrrhizin found in real black licorice. Do not eat too much of this as it can have other side effects. Mostly it is just fun to have a little treat at the end of your pregnancy.
- My licorice does not contain the chemical glycyrrhizin (so basically I am having a piece of candy)
Evening Primrose Oil
This oil comes in capsules and it is from the evening primrose plant. These capsules can be found in most grocery stores and pharmacies. Some studies suggest this oil can soften the cervix and other say it can shorten the length of labor. "The oil contained in the capsule is made up of large quantities of prostaglandins, a chemical that the body naturally produces during the last stage of pregnancy. This particular chemical is responsible for the preparation of your cervix for labor." (https://wehavekids.com/having-baby/how-to-use-evening-primrose-oil-to-induce-labor-25-health-benefits-of-evening-primrose) Read more about primrose oil on this site, when to start and how much to use! I started because of a recommendation of a friend who is labor and delivery nurse!
These are some of the things I have added to my routine each day as we are nearing the due date! I hope this was helpful! Let me know in the comments if you tried any of these methods or if you are planning on it! We are praying babe makes his entrance into the world soon but on his own time!