for those of you who are looking for ways to self induce here is a way.
yestrday i put coffee grounds in a big plastic bowl and sat the bowel in the toilet. i boild water on the stove tell it was steaming. i put the water in the plastic bowl and sat over it for 20 mn and let the steam go to work. i was having contractions with on two hours. very bad ones. i went into l&d and was dialated to a 6. i would suggest yuh could try 38 weeks and up. good luck.
Inducing Labor - 40 Natural Ways To Induce Labor On Your Own
Things you need to know before trying to induce labor naturally.
You may also want to check out these guides on signs you are in labor and shortening your labor time.
Natural induction is only a helping hand - it's usually gentle enough that it won't bring on labor if your body isn't ready. It's not recommended for use before 38 weeks. If you do begin before then, chances are it won't work anyway.
You should do your own research on any natural induction method before trying it. Make sure you know the risks and are taking the correct amount of any herbal product and don't overstrain yourself with labor inducing exercises.
If you aren't sure about naturally induction, talk to your doctor. High risk and complicated pregnancies can increase natural induction risks.
Don't listen to people (friends, family or professionals) who flat out state that natural induction doesn't work. Even in the medical profession, opinions are varied on methods that work or if any do work at all.
Good luck with natural induction - hopefully you'll be meeting your gorgeous new addition very soon!
40 Ways to induce Labor Naturally
1. Acupressure - There are pressure points in the shoulder well, webbing between thumb and forefinger, heel and small of back.
2. Balsamic Vinegar - Add a dash to your salad. Definitely won't hurt to try!
3. Basil - Throw some in your cooking.
4. Black/Blue Cohosh - Taken in tea form is a common way to induce labor. Some midwives use it even during labor to increase slow contractions. There have been some studies claiming that it can have bad side effects for mother and/or baby however. I'd recommend research first.
5. Borage seed oil - Meant to have similar effects to evening primrose oil - dilating and effacing.
6. Bouncing on birth/exercise ball - Spreading your legs as well as the moving up and down can help the baby move down.
7. Bumpy car ride - Sometimes the baby just needs a bit of a jiggle!
8. Castor oil - Statistically speaking it only works on 57% of women and causes lovely things like diarrhoea and sometimes, vomiting. The theory is that the cramps in the bowel set off contractions. Opinion is still out on whether castor oil causes babies to pass meconium in the womb but a) most women using castor oil are overdue and b) babies that are overdue are more likely to pass meconium so you do the maths!
9. Chinese food - Not sure why, but some people have claimed this works a treat. Or maybe they just ate Chinese food all the time anyway, so they blamed it for the onset of labor. Worth a try!
10. Clary sage oil - Use for aromatherapy as an oil or in a candle.
11. Dancing - Don't do anything too drastic - pole dancing might be a bit much! But if you get in there and swing your hips around a lot, there's a chance baby might think about coming out.
12. Eggplant - Many people swear by eggplant parmigiana.
13. Evening primrose oil - Can be taken orally from 35 weeks and used internally (good idea to do this at night and use a panty liner) from 38 weeks. It's meant to soften the cervix so that even if you do get induced, the doctor may be able to break your waters and not need any further intervention to bring on labor.
14. Galloping - Many women claim that imitating a horse can help start labor. See the video further down!
15. Glass of Wine - The slight effects of the alcohol are said to bring on labor, however remember that drinking during pregnancy is NOT recommended. You might want to check this with your doctor first.
16. Golden seal - Taken in tablet form is easiest.
17. Kneeling on all fours - A friend of a friend was told to do this. Swing the hips back and forth. Her waters broke just a few minutes later. Coincidence? Maybe!
18. Licorice - Try to get the natural kind - it contains more licorice and usually less sugar. Like castor oil, some people claim that the slightly laxative effect can cause cramps in the bowel which lead to contractions.
19. Mandarin oil on heels - Had a friend recommend this. It didn't work for her, but worth a try!
20. Massage - Find a massage therapist qualified to work with pregnant women. Many will know various points to massage to induce labor. This is why massage is not recommended during the early stages of pregnancy.
21. Motherwort - Taken in tea or pill form.
22. Nipple stimulation - Needs to be done for approx an hour at a time. The verdict is out on this - some people claim that it causes very strong contractions which can be dangerous. I tried it and I had barely more than cramps! For increased stimulation try either a breast pump or borrowing a friend's newborn baby (although you might want to be close friends!).
23. Oregano - Throw some in your cooking!
24. Orgasm - Orgasms cause contractions which is part of what feels so good. That's why many women enjoy orgasms more during pregnancy! You can try this alone or with a partner... whatever you're comfortable with.
25. Pineapple - Best taken fresh and raw. Statistically speaking, the chemicals which pineapple contain, which are said to start labor aren't very high. So that means about 7 pineapples should put you into labor!
26. Quinine - Not quite sure how it works but I've read that it is used in various countries - either pill or liquid form.
27. Raspberry leaf - Taken either as a tea or pill. Start at about 34 weeks - opinion is divided as to whether it will start labor, but it definitely strengthens the uterus, leading to a (hopefully) shorter labor, because each contraction can achieve more.
28. Relaxation excercises - Try some relaxing music and just lie back or even join a meditation class.
29. Sperm - If you feel up to sex, this is a good start towards getting ready for labor. The sperm helps soften and dilate the cervix.
30.Spicy food - A very well known labor starter! The reason it works may be because of the upset it causes to the digestive system which then upsets the uterus. Not highly recommended.
31. Squats - Doing a few of these each day often helps to move the baby down and into position.
32. Squaw Vine - Old remedy. Not sure how well it works.
33. Stretch and sweep of membranes - Your midwife or doctor can perform this simple procedure. A finger is inserted into the cervix and a gentle 'sweep' of the finger slightly separates the uterus wall and amniotic sac, sometimes leading to labor within hours or days. Some women say it's an easy, painless procedure, others claim it can be very painful. How well it works can also depend on if you are very far dilated or not.
34. Swimming - Relaxed swimming can help bring out the baby - both the water and the movement help.
35. Swinging on a swing - Similar to a bumpy car ride but probably a bit easier on mum.
36. Thyme Tea - Worth a try!
37. Visualisation excercises - Many women swear by these. Try making a recording of yourself talking about the baby moving down, preparing to be born etc or just imagine it in your head.
38. Walking - The bumping up and down can help the baby move into the birth canal. In fact, this is one of the few ways that most doctors agree on for starting labor.
39. Walking up/down stairs - More bumping up and down! The further lifting of the legs can help with moving the baby if walking doesn't seem to.
40. Yoga - Many places offer special classes for all stages of pregnancy.
1. Drink some water! Sitting down with your feet up and having some water can help immensely. When you get dehydrated the body will force you to rest. Many times simply getting re hydrated can stop those practice labor pains immediately. If the pain persists, you might not be practicing!
2. Rest. When labor pains start you should first lay down for a while and for two reasons. First is, if it really is a false labor the pains will slow down and usually stop. If it is real labor it is easiest to time the contractions when your still. Try to stay as long as possible on your left side, this gives the baby the best circulation. If the pains aren't budging get up and walk.
3. Walking. I realize that this is counter productive to the previous suggestion. However, walking will generally increase the labor's pain and frequency. So if you begin walking and it seems to be getting worse, it just might be the real thing.
4. Focus on what kind of pain it is. Real labor will take your entire abdomen including the back into the squeeze of a real contraction. A false labor pain will generally only be in the front or the side or just the back. Try poking in on your belly in several locations during a contraction to determine if the contraction is radiating all over. Also ask yourself if your having other pains along with it. Does your back hurt? Bottom hurt? Does it feel like the baby is pushing down? If your having these pains to go with the contraction, make your way to the nearest hospital to make sure.
5. Dilating pains. I know that this may sound odd, but I am going to describe how I interpreted a dilating pain. During labor the cervix must open up to 10 cm to allow for a baby to come out. And contractions help aid that cervix's opening. Do you remember your pap smear before or maybe during the pregnancy? When the doctor says you might feel a little pinch, which is a bold faced lie. That "little pinch" plus some pressure is what it feels like when your cervix starts dilating. Generally you can feel that up to about a 4 or 5 cm mark, after that the real contraction pains mask it.
6. Water breaking. The water breaking can happen without labor starting, and you still should go to the hospital immediately. And likewise Labor can start without the water breaking. DO NOT think that your water must break first. Interestingly enough, many women do not have their water break until the doctor breaks it. This is pretty uncommon as the first indicator. But if you feel that you have wet your pants, and you did not sneeze. There are two ways to tell if it is amniotic fluid. First smell it, if it smells like ammonia it's urine. However, if it smells sweet it may be amniotic fluid. If it seems like a constant trickle or trickles every time you move, the doctor can test it to see if it is amniotic fluid.
7. Loss of the Mucus Plug. The mucus plug looks like a bloody snot ball. There's just no other way to describe it! You may see this up to a few weeks before actual delivery if it is your second or subsequent baby. Sometimes women loose this plug in pieces, and sometimes it doesn't make it's appearance until during delivery. Don't panic if you find the mucus plug, watch for other signs and if your concerned call your doctor.
8. Regularity of the contractions. When labor is real your contractions will be occurring in a regular pattern. To time a contraction the right way, first lay down. Relax, and focus on your breathing rather than the pain. Push your finger into the top of your belly. When you feel the belly squeezing start the timer. When the contraction stops squeezing, note the length but keep timing. At the next start of a squeeze note the time, this long interval from beginning to beginning is the time "in between". The length of the actual contraction is important but the most important number is the 'in between number'. If your contractions are progressively getting closer together and longer in length over a period of time, you may want to head to the hospital. When you arrive at the hospital a nurse will ask if your having contractions, and how far apart they are.
It is very possible for you to be having every symptom of real labor, only to find out that it is false. Don't get discouraged the baby will eventually come out! In the mean time take care of yourself, and call your doctor with any questions or concerns you have, after all that is what they are here for!
As your estimated time of delivery approaches you may notice that "Braxton Hicks" contractions become more frequent and intense. Contractions seem to follow a continuum from Braxton Hicks to real labor. It is very common for women to think that they are experiencing the real thing only to go to the hospital or call their midwife and be told it was a false alarm or "False Labor." You may be asking yourself, "What is false labor?" "How will I know if I am experiencing false labor?" The following information will be a guide for you as the time draws closer:
- Contractions are irregular and unpredictable (for example, in intervals of ten minutes, then six minutes, two minutes, eight minutes, etc.)
- No progression is seen over time
- Contractions are felt as a generalized abdominal tightening
- Change in activity or position causes contractions to slow down or stop
- There is usually no bloody show
- Membranes will not rupture
- In true labor the pain tends to begin high in your abdomen, radiating throughout your entire abdomen and lower back, or
visa versa. In false labor the contractions are often concentrated in the lower abdomen and groin.
but I got checked every Or at least every second day since my due date which was 29.6. and water was still enough.
its 1am in Germany now. I go back to hospital to get induced at 9am.
just now it felt like there was quite a bit fluid coming out. felt like when u get your period Or partners cum coming out ?! also about same amount I guess...
I don't think my waters broke, but is it possible ? and can I still wait the 7 hours till I drive to hospital ? I don't want to go in for nothing...
I'm not feeling contractions but Dr said she saw them on ctg this morning. but light ones.
I'm confused. don't want to wake my fiancé for no reason.
I'm a ftm. u probably guessed that :-)
please send some good advice to Germany ... thx