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Has your due date come and gone? Cannot wait another minute to carry your little one in your arms rather than in your tummy? If so, you are probably itching to give your body a little poke to bring on labor. While there are no sure-fire techniques to coax your munchkin into the world (besides being induced by a doctor), there is some research to support these natural ways to induce labor – if your body and baby are ready to cooperate. But before you test any of these at home, get your practitioner’s OK – after all, you do not want to push your roll out of the oven before it is fully cooked. Once you have gotten the green light from your doctor, go ahead and learn how to induce labor naturally.
Tropical fruits like pineapple, papaya, and mango contain a proteolytic enzyme called bromelain. This protein is said to help soften the uterine cervix, stimulate muscle contractions, and for inducing labor (source). Pineapple is used for years for other medicinal purposes as well. Also, eating a large amount of fresh pineapple can kick start your digestive system, which is also believed to be a way to kick start labor. And not to mention, it just tastes delicious.
Stimulating your breasts can help release natural oxytocin hormones thereby causing the uterus to contract. You will need to stimulate your nipples for a couple of minutes at a time for this to be beneficial. You can do this through your bra or shirt. It is not necessary to do this directly except if you desire so. For some, stimulating the nipples is uncomfortable (some even say it might make you blush), but this is truly a beneficial, natural way to induce labor (source).
Raspberry Leaf Tea
Raspberry Leaf Tea is believed to help tone the cervix and strengthen the entire pelvic region. Raspberry Leaf Tea might not help induce labor directly, but it should play an essential part in your overall childbirth plan. It is full of minerals and vitamins that are vital to the health of the uterus, and if you drink a double brew of this tea can surely help move you along in the labor procedure and aid in recovery (source).
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