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Is There A Safe And Natural Way To Induce Labor?

by | July 10, 2019

The last few weeks of your pregnancy can be an emotional and difficult time. Not only are you anxiously awaiting the birth of your beautiful little baby, but you may also have some reservations or anxiety about birth, nausea, heartburn, insomnia and difficulty breathing as baby pushes down on your diaphragm. This might make you wonder if there is a safe way to induce labor.

Is There A Safe And Natural Way To Induce Labor?
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Is There A Safe And Natural Way To Induce Labor?

Unless you have a date booked for a cesarean section, you also don’t know just when the baby will arrive, and that ‘not knowing’ can also create some anxiety. Many mom’s to be in those last weeks can start to feel the need to turn to natural birth induction methods to get things moving.

According to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Perinatal Education, 32% of the 663 respondents indicated that exercises, most specifically walking, triggered labor.

Whether or not walking will induce labor is unknown, but provided you are healthy, there are very few side effects of walking and helping keep your fitness up can help you be prepared for labor.

It’s a relatively safe and easy way to try to bring on labor, especially compared to some of the other old wives tales and suggestions you may find on the internet. Clinician triggered labor was reported as the number two trigger, at 24%, for a natural birth. This would include such things as a membrane sweep. With a membrane sweep, there can be a small risk of infection, and it can be uncomfortable, so it is up to the individual to decide if the risks outweigh the benefits.

Other triggers reported in the study were other physical triggers (including sexual intercourse), ingesting something, an emotional trigger and maternal illness. Other mothers have reported that using oils such as Clary Sage Oil, and acupressure massage or reflexology have helped them induce labor.

Before trying any method to try naturally inducing labor, you should always make sure that you are full term and consult your midwife or obstetrician first. Every pregnancy is different and what works for one person, may not work for another.

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Amanda Fisher

Digital Writer | Gold Coast, Australia | [email protected]

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