Risks and Precautions Before Trying To Induce Naturally
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- Natural induction is only a helping hand – it’s usually gentle enough that it won’t bring on labor if your body isn’t ready. It’s not recommended for use before 40 weeks. If you do begin before then, chances are it won’t work anyway.
- You should do your own research on any natural induction method before trying it. Make sure you know the risks and are taking the correct amount of any herbal product and don’t overstrain yourself with labor inducing exercises.
- If you aren’t sure about naturally inducing, talk to your doctor. High risk and complicated pregnancies can increase natural induction risks.
- Don’t listen to people (friends, family or professionals) who flat out state that natural induction doesn’t work. Even in the medical profession, opinions are varied on methods that work or if any do work at all.
- Some of these methods are medically proven while others are just fun to try or anecdotal. Always take care when trying to naturally induce.
- A normal pregnancy lasts up to 42 weeks. Simply using generalised statements such as “Your baby is too big” or “You have possible high blood pressure” to force induction before then, greatly increases the risks. Make sure you do your research if you are facing a medical induction!
Good luck with natural induction – hopefully you’ll be meeting your gorgeous new addition very soon!
57 Ways to induce Labor Naturally
1. Waiting it Out – 99% of women will go into spontaneous labor by 42 weeks. Even if you’re 0% effaced, 0% dilated and baby is high, you can still dilate 6cm in an hour. When it’s gonna happen, it will happen!
2. Acupressure – There are pressure points in the shoulder well, webbing between thumb and forefinger, heel and small of back.
3. Aloe Vera – Aloe vera juice can cause preterm labor. However, taken at term, contractions are a good thing. However, make sure you do your research and are aware of possible side effects before trying this.
4. Balsamic Vinegar – Add a dash to your salad. Many types of vinegar can get things going, but like everything in pregnancy, use in moderation and do your own research before going down this path.
5. Bananas – Potassium is meant to help with muscle contractions so being low can offset labor. Bananas have plenty of potassium. Note that you should take them in moderation and NEVER take potassium supplements alone as they can be poisonous when taken incorrectly.
6. Basil – Throw some in your cooking or have it in a tea. As with most natural methods, fresh is best!1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5