Sunday, October 28, 2012

Inducing Labor Naturally

I am due to have my third baby girl very soon!!! If you have been following for awhile you may have read my post, Getting Ready for a VBA2C. Well, I thought I would give an update.

A VBA2C is a vaginal birth after two c-sections. I have been preparing with hypnobirthing classes, twice a week workouts, yoga, calming essential oils, and the like. My doctor said, though, that I will be the most successful if I get my body to go into labor naturally. Pitocin and medical interventions make this type of birth less successful and sometimes result in another c-section. Now that I am full term, and at the suggestion of my doctor, I am on a mission to make labor happen!

Here is a list of some ways to induce labor naturally and also the ones I have tried:

1. Acupressure: Looked up online and found the pressure points in the shoulder well, webbing between thumb and forefinger, and heel. Been pressing them every chance I get!

2. Acupuncture- Had sessions twice last week and another one lined up for tomorrow. Had lots of contractions right after, but unfortunately they fizzled out.

3. Balsamic Vinegar- graced my salad last night!

4. Bouncing on a birth/exercise ball- sitting on the ball right now!

5. Evening Primrose Oil- This is used internally and meant to soften the cervix.

6. Galloping- Many people swear by this and while I will never admit again that I did this, I did.

7. Massage- helps with the aches and pains of pregnancy too!

8. Nipple stimulation- Some people say this brings on strong contractions so I have been a little wary of this, but I won't say I didn't try at least once.

9. Pineapple- Chemicals in pineapple are said to induce labor. I drank a pineapple smoothie yesterday.

10. Sex- (orgasms cause contractions and sperm softens the cervix)

11. Spicy Food- I did add a little habanero sauce to my eggs this morning.

12. Squats- helps the baby move down into position and makes looking good after baby easier!

13. Walking- been doing lots and lots of walking

14. Yoga- been doing lots and lots of yoga

Check out the full list here: Inducing Labor- 40+ Natural Ways to Induce Labor on your Own

Anyway that is the update folks! As of yet, she is not ready to come out and I am pretty sure that no matter what I do she isn't going to until she is good and ready...but I am going to keep trying. Wish me luck. They say nesting is a sure sign you are going to go into labor soon. Well, I have been nesting obsessively for weeks. And for someone that is already obsessed about chemicals and living naturally you can only imagine what pregnancy hormones have done to me!

No comments:

Post a Comment