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Natural Ways to Induce Labor: Foot Massages

written by: CamillaPeters • edited by: BStone • updated: 7/2/2009

Learn how to induce labor naturally with foot massages.

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    Foot Massages have been used for several centuries to induce labor in pregnant women. The art has become a practice in modern salons, spas and other environments. Let's take a look at the benefits of foot massages and how they can help bring on labor.

    Located in the foot are pressure points that directly effect the uterus. During massages to the foot, the massager is rubbing those pressure points which send signals to the brain to start contractions. Since most massages last between 15 to 20 minutes, that would be a good period of time to allow the contractions to occur – which may trigger labor.

    Pregnant women can start to bring on labor at around 38 weeks. Simple massages to the feet everyday will help the body prepare for labor by causing the uterus to contract. The expectant mother can do the massage herself, have her partner do the massage or even visit a therapist. Most spas and salons offer foot massages.

    Foot massages during labor will also help increase contractions and strengthen the intensity of them – which is good. Strong, consistent contractions help open the cervix.

    To properly do the massage in order to induce labor, it must be understood exactly where the pressure points are located. The pressure point for a foot massage is located just above the inner ankle. When you massage this area in a circular pattern for 15 to 20 minutes, the uterus will start contracting.

    There is also a pressure point located on the hand. The pressure point is located between the thumb and pointer finger – right on the webbing. Doing the same circular massage for 15 to 20 minutes will cause the uterus to contract as well.

    In review, you can effectively and naturally induce labor with a good foot massage.

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