Since today is my due date, and my little man has yet to arrive I decided to do a bit of research to see if there’s any way I can speed up his delivery. But I am also a firm believer that he will come out only when he is good and ready (or with the help of medical professionals). So I found the easiest ways to induce labor and I’m going to try some of these.
Red Raspberry leaf tea
I love herbal tea so this is a natural starting point for me. Plus my sister-in-law gave me a huge batch of this stuff while I was still trying to get pregnant. And could possibly have been the reason I got pregnant in the first place. But that’s a story for another day. After doing a bit of research, there are tons of different opinions on whether or not it actually works, or if it could be dangerous if you drink it before a certain number of weeks gestation. There is this study that claims there are benefits to drinking it. But no one is certain how much you have to drink either. I’m using this blog post for the recipe and drinking 2-3 cups of tea each day. I’ll let you know how it works out.
Since this is probably how you got yourself into this predicament I’m sure you know how it works. 😉 Turns out your hubbys little soldiers contain the same chemical that is used by doctors to ripen cervix. However, it takes 3 doses of his stuff to equal one dose of the pharmaceutical variety. I’ve also heard that there is something about the mechanics of sex that cause the cervix to open. Also orgasim often leads to a release of oxytocin which causes contractions. I haven’t found any scientific proof that any of this leads to actual labor… So the jury is still out for me.
There is no scientific proof that spicy foods lead to labor. However my sister-in-law was three days overdue with her first baby, so I bought her an El Diablo burger from Carl’s Jr. and hours later she was in labor…. Coincidence? Maybe, but I’m going to try this anyway.
Basil and Oregano
Again, I haven’t found any studies that this actually helps anything. But having spaghetti for dinner every night sounds good to me.
I know there are some people that swear this works. Supposedly stimulating your nipples releases oxytocin which causes contrations. After looking into it, you have to stimulate each breast one at a time for an hour each three times a day. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that kind of time and my nipples are sore enough just from being pregnant. I think I’m going to skip this one.
I personally don’t think this does anything. I ate my weight in pineapple on the regular when I was trying to get pregnant and it did nothing. I can’t imagine it does anything here. The theory is that there is a chemical in the core of the pineapple that strengthens the muscles around the uterus. Maybe it does… But I think I’m going to skip this one as well.
I have heard fantastic things about seeing a chiropractor when you are pregnant. Everything from pregnancy back pain to inducing labor to changing the baby’s position has been attributed to getting an adjustment. I would love to see if this one works.
Birthing Ball Bouncing
This is by far one of the easiest. Just trade out the chair at your desk or wherever you sit the most and bounce. There is evidence to suggest that the act of bouncing moves the baby down into the pelvis and can also ease back pain. I have been bouncing on my ball for a week or so now…. But unfortunately there was no change at my last doctor appointment. But it’s so simple, why not try a little something extra to get things moving.
The squats are supposed to work the same way as the birthing ball. Opening the pelvis and encouraging the baby to move further down. However, I have a hard enough time getting in and out of the car. I think if I got all the way down into a squat, I may not be able to get back up. So I’ll probably leave this one to the more fit mamas-to-be.
I hadn’t heard of this one before, but apparently the potassium in the banana is said to relax the muscles in your body. Which, in turn, encourages labor. I’m not really sure how these two are connected and I couldn’t find any evidence to suggest that it does anything at all. But it couldn’t hurt… right?
I don’t know if I will get to trying each of these things out. But I can assure you, if I go too far past my due date, I will be walking miles every day with a cup or tea in one hand and a taco in the other trying to get this little guy to come out.