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What You Need To Know About Natural Pregnancy Induction

written by: CamillaPeters • edited by: BStone • updated: 9/28/2009

Learn about natural pregnancy induction and the popular methods that most expectant mothers decide to use.

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    Natural Pregnancy Induction

    After nine long months of pregnancy, most expectant mothers are ready to go into labor. Sometimes the body needs an extra boost to help get things moving. Although the medical community often suggests pitocin or other forms of induction, most people don't realize that there are other natural options available.

    Castor oil is one of the more favorable options when it comes to natural pregnancy induction. When consumed, the oil stimulates the stomach and intestines and causes the uterus to react with contractions. Most people that have tried this induction technique have gone into labor within hours of taking the initial dose. Although castor oil works on most people, there are a few that suffer unwanted side effects such as diarrhea, vomiting and even dehydration.

    Intercourse is another option for inducing labor naturally. Semen contains hormones that help soften and dilate the cervix. Also, the act of sex can rupture the membranes, also known as the bag of water. The risks associated with having sex to induce labor is slim, which is why most medical professionals recommend this method to their patients.

    Another option is simply walking. The constant movement of the legs during walking helps to stimulate the uterus and can also help move the baby into position. The pressure from the baby during a walk will help dilate the cervix as well. In fact, most hospitals ask that a laboring mother walk in order to make the contractions stronger and help progress the dilating cervix further.

    When discussing methods of natural ways to bring on labor, we cannot forget the process called “Stripping the Membranes”. This process is usually done by a medical professional but can also be done by the expectant mother. Stripping the membranes involves separating the amniotic sac from the wall of the uterus by sweeping a gloved finger back and forth inside the cervix. When the sac is separated from the wall, the body produces the hormone that triggers contractions. It may take several sweeps to trigger labor, but most expectant mothers go into labor within 24 hours of the sweep.

    When it comes to natural pregnancy induction, it is important that the mother speaks with her care provider and reviews all options. Also, it is always advised that the mother is at least full term (38 weeks) since early labor and delivery can cause health issues for both the baby and the new mom.

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