There comes a point in most every woman's pregnancy that she is just ready to be done. Period. If this day has happened to you, you might be scouring the Internet for ways to bring on labor without having to get your pregnancy physician for some pitocin. While most of the “old wives' tales” are not proven to work, they will keep you busy for a while as you try them all out.
Here are five you can try today:
1) Eat Spicy Foods: Some women claim that the last meal they ate was a spicy one, and that it kick-started their labor when it looked like it would never start. While there is no scientific grounding on this theory, it does not hurt to try. Going out for a spicy meal can be especially helpful since it gets you out of your house where you might be moping as you wait for baby.
2) Take a Walk: Walking definitely helps assist a productive early labor as it puts additional pressure on your cervix, but walking does not actually bring on labor. After this, a walk can, again, give you some mental clarity and the exercise might help you sleep a little better at night.
3) Sex: You may read this suggestion and laugh because sex is the last thing you're interested in doing. But, orgasms do cause your uterus to contract and semen contains cervix-softening prostaglandin. These reactions will not jump start labor unless your body is ready, but they will make at least your partner happy for one or two last encounters– most pregnant doctors recommend you wait at least six weeks after birth before engaging in sexual intervention.
4) Nipple Stimulation: Nipple stimulation releases oxytocin, the same chemical that is present in pitocin. That studies have shown that nipple stimulation can inductive labor, but only if the cervix is ready-soft and beginning to dialate. You should ask your doctor or midwife what their opinion is on nipple stimulation and if they think that your cervix is ready enough that nipple stimulation might be helpful
5) Castor Oil: Some women still report the wonders of castor oil in jumpstarting their labors, but castor oil comes that that you pay a high price for trying it- a serious bought of diarrhea. You can talk with your healthcare provider, but they will kindly recommend that you DO NOT try this natural remedy.
Usually labor starts on its own when you're off guard or given up on it ever starting in general. If you really want to induce your labor, you'll need to have a serious talk with your pregnancy physician . Induction by pitocin can carry multiple risks, including the need for a c-section and problems associated with premature babies. The best thing you can do for yourself and your baby is to stay occupied and get as much rest as you possibly can.
Believe it or not, you're going to need it in just a few short weeks!