Bringing on labour….
Well I never for one second thought I would write this blog! My babies were born exceptionally early and I did all I could not to go into labour. But there are some of you that are waiting and maybe fearing an induction date so this post could help you.
Curry is often suggested as a means to bring on labour. Eating spicy food may stimulate your tummy, and therefore prompt your womb (uterus) into action.
Nipple stimulation is when you gently rub or roll your nipples to encourage the start of contractions. The idea is to mimic the suckling of your baby. This releases a hormone that causes contractions to start.
Having sex can be tricky when you have a big bump and yes I hear you, you probably don’t feel at your most attractive right now. But it could trigger the release of oxytocin, a hormone that causes contractions. Having an orgasm could also stimulate your womb to get labour going.
Raspberry leaf can be taken as a tea or in tablet form. It is thought it may stimulate your womb but should not be used to bring on labour.
Blowing up balloons
The theory is that the build-up of abdominal pressure encourages labour to start.
The pressure of your baby’s head pressing down on your cervix from the inside could stimulate the release of oxytocin, a hormone that causes contractions. Being upright also encourages your baby to move down on to your cervix. But please do take a mobile and perhaps a friend as you do not want to be walking on your own in the middle of nowhere when labour starts.
Please comment below with what has worked for you we would love to hear.