It is safe for pregnant women to try a few methods of inducing labor, especially when stress is starting to develop after the 40th week. Doctor’s advice during attempts at induced labor is strongly recommended.
Home Remedies to Induce Labor
- Substances can be applied to dilate the cervix, such as prostaglandins and oxytocin.
- Prostaglandin gel can also be applied but it may lead to diarrhea or fever for the mother.
- Hormonal drugs like syntocinon can be administered intravenously to make the uterus contract. However, there are side effects such as possibility of cesarean section and fetal distress.
Natural Ways to Induce Labor
- Pregnant women can induce labor by walking up a flight of stairs, to bring pressure to the baby’s head. Walking can help the baby turn into a better position as well.
- The doctor can stretch the uterine opening to assist labor.
- There are therapies that can complement labor, such as acupuncture, herbal teas, massage and other types of homeopathic remedies.
- A good source of prostaglandin is evening primrose taken as oral supplements starting at 34 to 36 weeks.
- Red raspberry tea is sworn by Native Americans to prepare the uterus in order for it to function properly.
- Another method is using castor oil, but it is not popular due to the nauseating effects on pregnant women.
Which Foods Help to Induce Labor
- Aside from herbal teas, there are other foods that can induce labor for pregnant women.
- Contrary to popular belief, spicy foods like Mexican or Chinese dishes do not help in inducing labor. The dominant ingredient in these foods is pepper, which contains capsasins that are proven to counteract with labor. This substance works against the endorphins that are natural pain-killers produced by the body during distress, such as childbirth.
- Other popular foods that are used to induce labor are pineapples and licorice. However, no medical study has supported the claims. Such belief may come from the notion that these foods can stimulate secretion of more prostaglandin in the body.