40 weeks and overdue
Kaitlin - posted on 03/12/2012
DON"T use castor oil- it's dangerous to you and your baby, and you can get severely dehydrated and cause labor pains to be more painful but less productive than usual contractions.
But walk, sex, and raspberry leaf tea, pineapple, warm (not hot) baths, and really funny movies (helps you relax) are all safe and natural ways to prime your body for labor, though labor will happen when it's meant to- good luck!
Brittney - posted on 03/12/2012
Tales abound of home remedies that supposedly bring on labor. Women past their due date have done everything from downing castor oil to rubbing their nipples to expedite the process. These methods can be uncomfortable, and there really isn't much scientific evidence to back them up.
Here is a rundown of a few popular home labor-induction methods:
Sexual intercourse. The idea is that sex can trigger contractions, both from the sperm (which contain prostaglandins) and from the woman's orgasm. However, research is lacking on the subject, and one study found that sex didn't have any effect on time to labor.
Nipple stimulation. Stimulating the nipples releases the hormone oxytocin, which naturally triggers contractions, but the cervix must already be ripe for this to work. Too much nipple stimulation also can produce very strong contractions that can actually be dangerous to the baby.
Herbal remedies. A number of herbs, including blue cohosh and black cohosh, have been touted for triggering labor, but there isn't enough evidence to prove they work. What's more, herbs can be dangerous if not used properly, so don't take any herb for inducing labor without first talking to your doctor.
Castor oil. Research shows castor oil probably won't do anything to induce labor, but it probably will irritate your gastrointestinal tract enough to make you feel sick to your stomach.
Walking . It's always a good idea to stay active throughout your pregnancy, but studies haven't proved that walking can induce labor.
Unless your doctor feels that it's time to induce labor for medical reasons, it's always better to let nature take its course.
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