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Do Natural Ways To Start Labor Work?

written by: CamillaPeters • edited by: BStone • updated: 10/5/2010

Find out if natural ways to start labor really work and what can be expected with those natural methods.

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    Is There Anything You Can Do To Start Labor Contractions?

    There is one thing in common (besides being pregnant) with expectant mothers – they can't wait until labor begins. When the weeks before the estimated due date turn into days, most women seek natural ways to start labor contractions. But do these methods work? Let's take a look at the most common methods and the results they produce.

    One of the methods that most women try is castor oil. When ingested, the oil irritates the stomach lining as well as the intestines. This irritation causes the digestive system to cramp and causes the uterus to contract. The contractions are strong and consistent, which is why this method is a great way to start true labor contractions.

    With castor oil, you can almost guarantee that you will see some type of action. The only downside is that you may get more than you wanted.

    Since castor oil causes the stomach and intestines to cramp, severe diarrhea is often the first symptom that occurs. Vomiting is another symptom that can happen after taking castor oil. With both diarrhea and vomiting, the risk of dehydrating increases.

    Castor oil is a proven method to start labor contractions, however the risk of dealing with labor plus diarrhea and vomiting at the same time is something that most expectant moms wish to avoid – no matter how desperate they are for labor to begin.

    Another common method is having sex. The semen left in the vaginal canal after unprotected sex contains a special hormone that stimulates the cervix and causes it to soften and dilate which is why sex is often recommended to help bring on labor.

    With sex, the process to start labor contractions may not occur right away. Unless the body is ready to go into labor and just needs that extra push, it can take days – even weeks – before the expectant mom sees results.

    Natural ways to start labor contractions work as long as the body is ready to go into labor. For someone wishing to try castor oil to induce labor, they should only attempt that as a last option. Sex during pregnancy is safe but a drastic act such as castor oil can cause serious health issues for the mother and child, especially if the method is done before the 38th week.

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