For the mums anxiously awaiting their babies and wanting to avoid the caesarian section, there are couple things they could try out to speed up the birth. These aren’t the stuff to help premature birth but those which could help to deliver the baby on time.
It is always necessary to consult your doctor and midwife about the natural treatment you want to apply.
Techniques for Kick-Starting the Labor
Sex is one of the things known to provoke the childbirth, perhaps better than everything else. The effect remains the same, whether, it is masturbation, massage or complete intercourse. Prostaglandin form the sperm and oxytocin, released after an orgasm both stimulate contraction.
Nipple stimulation, such as massaging and pinching also releases oxytocin and promote contraction.
Massage or bath with essential oils might be the cure for the anxiety you’re feeling and provoking the long-awaited childbirth. Naturopaths recommend jasmine, clary sage or marjoram essential oils.
Physical activity, especially walking, may prove to be just the thing to start the labor. Mere gravity is helping your baby to find the way out. However, do not exhaust yourself during the walk and conserve some energy for the childbirth.
Acupuncture and reflexology are believed to beneficial for childbirth and the pain management during the labor.
Homeopathic remedies might help if there is a mental blockage that prevents the start of the labor. Consult both your doctor and the qualified homeopath to suggest the remedies suitable for your condition.
Midwife can also be very helpful in this situation. She/he can perform a (non-medical) procedure called membrane sweep. Using the finger, the midwife will move the membranes from the lower part of the ripe uterus. This is said to release prostaglandins and speed up the delivery. Be aware that some women find the procedure uncomfortable or even painful.
Food and Drinks for Childbirth
Some will recommend eating the spicy food when you want to start the labor. There are no medical proofs for this claim, but it still remains one of the most used ways for fast delivery. Spicy food can stimulate your bowels, so be careful if you decide to try this method.
Castor oil is also one of the things that might provoke contraction, but have some unpleasant side effects. It could stimulate the bowels and make you vomit or have diarrhea, which might not be what you wanted just before the childbirth.
The raspberry leaves tea is sometimes advised for moms-to-be, but it should be used only in the last weeks of pregnancy. The tea works as a tonic, making your uterus stronger and preparing it for the childbirth.