So you’re 9 months pregnant and itching for a labor to naturally start. Don’t worry. Almost all pregnant women feel the same way like you—feeling tired of being pregnant. But before I will share some various natural home remedies to induce labor, let me clarify this question first: When do healthcare providers recommend inducing labor?
There are plenty of reasons, actually. Some of these reasons are:
- Presence of serious health issues, like high blood pressure and diabetes, which may endanger you or your baby’s life
- Premature separation of your placenta
- Uterine infection
- Overdue pregnancy
Now it’s clear why this is often done, let’s talk about the different ways you can safely and naturally induce labor at home (after you get a go signal from your doctor).
Best natural at home remedies to induce labor fast
1. Date Fruit
Eating dates to cause spontaneous labor has a success rate of 96%, based on the results of a study that appeared in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The study involved 69 women, who ate 6 dates daily a month before their due date, and 45 women, who didn’t eat dates. Other findings of the study include the following:
- Dates eaters had a more dilated cervix upon admission compared to non-dates eaters (3.52 cm versus 2.02 cm, respectively).
- There was only a 28% usage rate of oxytocin/prostin to induce labor among date fruit eaters.
- The latent phase of the first stage of labor was shorter for women who ate dates. The latent phase could last 10 to 12 hours, or up to 20 hours for first-time moms.
2. Sexual Intercourse
Sexual intercourse is often suggested for inducing labor because human sperm contains a lot of prostaglandins, which are fatty acids that play hormone-like actions, like smooth muscle contraction.
Another reason why sexual intercourse works is because it helps stimulate oxytocin production once you reach orgasm. As you may know, oxytocin is normally released during labor to trigger uterus contraction.
Further studies need to be done to prove the role of sexual intercourse in inducing labor, though.
3. Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa) Capsule
Black cohosh is an herb that’s native to North America. It’s mostly used to treat menopausal symptoms. But midwives have also traditionally used black cohosh to stimulate uterine contraction. That’s why pregnant women are often discouraged from using it.
What’s great about this herb is that adverse effects are rare. Despite this fact, however, I suggest you talk to your doctor before using this herb, especially if you’re taking meds.
Other suggestions that are usually given to induce labor are ambulation, nipple stimulation, acupuncture, induction massage, reflexology, evening primrose oil, and pineapple. But before you use any of these home remedies for inducing labor, let your doctor know first. After all, you and your baby’s safety should be your top priority.
Well, that’s it for today. Do you know other effective remedies to induce labor that worked for someone you know? Don’t forget to share your thoughts below before you go.