I belong to several mom groups on Facebook and I have seen a pattern, most moms from week 37 on are looking for natural ways to induce labor.
I am personally doing everything in my power to not induce labor! I would like him to stay comfortable inside my belly and cook until his due date.
Although I have looked up ways to induce labor so that I can avoid them, here are the most common things I have found to initiate the labor process:
Please seek professional advice before trying any of the following.
1. Pineapple. Specifically the core. Eating the pineapple core has been known to put you in labor. You can blend it up with your favorite ingredients.
2. Get intimate. Nipple stimulation and orgasms cause your uterus to contract. Sex is probably the number one recommended advice. Sperm is known to soften the cervix, and I have heard of people’s water breaking during or shortly after in late term pregnancy.
3. Acupressure. You could see a licensed massage therapist or try acupressure on these labor inducing points yourself.
4. Clary Sage essential oil. Dilute it with coconut oil and rub it on your skin or put it in a diffuser.
5. Sex bath bombs from Lush. These contain ingredients such as Jasmine and Clary Sage that are known to induce labor. Also taking a warm bath helps too.
6. Exercise. Cardio, walking, bouncing on a labor ball, kneeling on all fours, swimming, squats, and dancing.
7. Raspberry Leaf tea. This tea strengthens your uterus and causes it to contract. Also Licorice Root tea and Thyme tea.
8. Evening Primrose Oil. This is known to also soften the cervix.
9. Caster Oil. (I am not a big fan of castor oil. It is a major controversial induction option. The reason is it can cause intense intestinal cramping, vomiting and diarrhea because it acts as a strong laxative.)
10. Other foods that may induce labor include spicy foods and foods that contain basil, oregano, and/or ginger. Spicier foods tend to work the best out of them all since it stimulates your colon. Bananas also can cause contractions. Eggplant is on the list as well.
11. Borage seed oil capsules. Can be inserted vaginally. The oil can also be used to massage the perineum.
12. Black and blue cohosh. Take these herbs together.
13. Dates. Six dates a day in the lead-up to your due date has been known to make labor start, help with dilation, and keep labor from going too long.
14. Golden seal. Golden seal’s active components of hydrastatine and berberine have long been used to induce labor. It’s most easily taken orally in tablet form. As it can be dangerous during pregnancy if taken incorrectly.
15. Motherwort. This is a great herb to use at the end of your pregnancy. It makes your contractions more effective, regulates the Braxton Hicks contractions, and stops false labor. Taken shortly after birth, motherwort can also calm your nerves and potentially prevent postpartum depression.
16. Balsamic Vinegar. According to the What to Expect book, balsamic vinegar can help bring on labor.
17. Mandarin Oil – I have heard that rubbing mandarin oil on your heels would send you into labor.
34. Quinine. Be sure to check the dosage with a medical professional. Reputedly, it releases oxytocin, which can help bring on labor.
Again, Please seek professional advice before trying any of these suggestions.