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Natural Ways to Induce Labor: Nipple Stimulation

written by: CamillaPeters • edited by: Lisa Lambson • updated: 11/29/2008

A look into how Nipple Stimulation can bring on labor naturally.

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    Used during labor to help increase contractions, nipple stimulation is also becoming a popular way to begin labor naturally. Let's take a look at how nipple stimulation can help bring on labor in a pregnant mother.

    Nipple stimulation is when you massage, caress, or otherwise stimulate the nipples which cause your body to release oxytocin. Oxytocin is the natural hormone that causes the uterus to contract. When the nipples are stimulated, these hormones are released and the uterus begins to contract. The contractions are usually mild at first but with more nipple stimulation, the contractions become stronger.

    To take full advantage of nipple stimulation without putting your pregnancy at risk, be sure to only start doing nipple stimulation around the 38th week.

    In order to start nipple stimulation, find a quiet area that is free from distractions and also a area that is private. Begin making circular motions around the nipples and slightly pull on the nipple. Within a few minutes, you will start to feel contractions. Continue with the nipple stimulation for at least 15 minutes.

    Nipple Stimulation is also great to increase the pattern of labor and also the strength. Most nurses suggest that you do nipple stimulation while in labor to help move along your contractions.

    In review, Nipple stimulation is a great natural way to bring on labor as well as increase the strength and amount of contractions you have during labor.

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