Waiting for the Baby
Many future mothers wait for their babies euphorically. They simply cannot wait and plan every second of their labor in their minds, living it through and through, burning with desire to see their baby in their arms. However, many times, the date when they were supposed to give birth passes without a thing happening. Then, usually, future mothers get a bit discouraged and paranoid, sad because their child is not born yet. This birth prolongation has become more and more common these days, and experts claim that this is due to a hectic, stressful life we lead, creating imbalances in our organisms.
Nevertheless, there are some methods which can help and stimulate the onset of labor in pregnant women. Massage is one of them. Quite a popular method, massaging specific areas of a pregnant woman's body, can trigger labor or speed it up. It is a safe and relaxing way telling your baby it is time and many mothers-to-be opt for it. Thus, without further ado, let us find out which massages are these.
First of all, you can start with foot massage. Massaging a pregnant woman's feet can result in uterus stimulation and therefore the onset of contractions. There are some spots on feet, known to affect the actions of specific glands in a female's body, resulting in labor induction. One group of these spots are lower ankles, where applying circular massage for about 20 minutes may cause the above mentioned uterus phenomenon. Also, if you press the big toe for about 5 minutes, you might experience the same results.
While still at the legs, shinbone massage is also a very good method since it may trigger the opening of the cervix. Thus, by gently moving your hand along the inner sides of the woman's leg, you will be able to find this bone and, once you do, press the part where it is located, hold it for a minute and then do the same with the other leg, after waiting for about 20 minutes.
Additionally, massaging the woman's hands, the part between the thumb and the index finger, that is, may also result in the onset of contractions. Use gentle, circulatory movements and repeat them for 20 minutes.
Finally, sometimes relaxation is crucial for starting the labor. Once, the future mother turns sideways, while lying, of course, give her a back massage, including the shoulders. Then, once you find a boneless spot between the shoulder muscles and the collar bone, apply pressure there. Also, nipple massage is known to be useful for these purposes as well. Massage the outer circle of the woman's nipple gently, for 5 minutes in order to induce labor.