inducing-laborEach one of my daughters was born either on their due date or early. By the last month of pregnancy I, like other pregnant women, was done. I wanted the baby out. I was huge and uncomfortable. I worked up until I delivered each of my girls…so another plus to having the baby was not having to work for a while. As soon as I hit 38 weeks, I was ready. With each girl, I did similar things to make sure I would deliver early or at least on time! Here are some things that I did that worked!!

Sex
Let’s just get this one out there and over with. I get it, you are huge and the last thing you feel like doing is having sex. But, before you skip this one, know that sex helps in 2 ways. First is the semen. Semen helps to thin out your cervix. It is a known scientific fact. Okay, I could be making that up. But, every midwife and OB I talk to all say the same thing “have sex”. So, either they all have been conspiring with husbands OR it really works. The second awesome thing about sex is orgasms. Orgasms help to create contractions and contractions (even the false ones) help to get your body ready for birth! So, suck it up buttercup and have sex!

Eat Pineapple
Actually, you need to eat pineapple, mango, and kiwi! So, if you don’t like one of them, you can eat the others! Each of these fruits contain an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain is supposed to work like a prostaglandin. Basically, it helps to ripen and soften the cervix. That enzyme is not present in canned pineapple, so you’ll have to eat it fresh! With each of my girls, I waited until 38 weeks to eat pineapple. I felt like this way my body wouldn’t build a tolerance and it would be more effective to help induce labor!

Chinese Food
Funny story. With each of my girls, I ate General Tsos Chicken (extra spicy) and went into labor within 5 hours. Now, know this, I did not consume ANY Chinese food at any time during my pregnancies. I wanted to make sure I ate it once…I didn’t want my body to get used to it. And it worked! Seriously, each one of my labors was jump started by Chinese food!

swings-help-induce-laborSwings
I heard that the sensation of falling can help start labor. I Googled it and swings can cause that sensation. I am not a doctor…at all…but with each pregnancy, I would go on the swings for about 20 minutes a night starting at 38 weeks.

Stairs
With my first pregnancy, I heard that going up the stairs helped to induce labor. I work in a building that has 3 flights of stairs. On my due date, I made it my mission to go up the stairs several times. And to make it even more effective, I did them 2 at a time. If you are not comfortable doing 2 at time, don’t…but if you can, go for it!

Pilates Ball
Every night I sat on my big Pilates ball while watching T.V. and while eating dinner. I really think the bouncing helped to move each of my babies downward. Now, by bouncing, I don’t mean hard bouncing. I am talking about light bouncing. So, don’t go crazy!! Pilates balls are also great for when you are in labor too! You can sit on them and bounce and move around to help ease contraction pain!

So that’s my list! I did all of these things with my daughters and had my first daughter on her due date…my second daughter 11 days early…and my third daughter 10 days early. So, I kind of feel like an expert in inducing labor…well my labor anyways! Remember, all pregnancies and pregnant women are different. Do what works best for you and your family. Remember to talk to your doctor or midwife before trying anything drastic!!

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