Originally Answered: Induce labor at home?
congrats you are so close to meeting your little one! i am due in a week and a half with our 3rd little girl. induction methods at home are give and take. they work for some and not for others. their are many many old wives tales, herbs, certain foods, exercises, and teas. my question for you is have you begun the process of cervical rippening yet? effacing and dilation are one of the first signs that your body is getting ready to start the labor process. most likely you can do all of the things on the list i am about to give you but if your body isn't ready, no matter how much or how many times you do it it will not work to induce. it may however get your cervix to start rippening which is HUGE!!
try these at home induction methods. these are all things that i have tried. i would talk with your dr most definitly about any of these prior to trying in case he/she feels this may be unsafe for your particular pregnancy as everyone is different.
1) nipple stimulation. you can use your fingers, hands, or breast pump. stimulate one nipple for 5-10 minutes pretty hard, rest 5-10 minutes, and repeat with other nipple for 5-10 minutes. repeat all of this for about 30 mins-1 hours depending on how it makes you feel, and repeat every few hours. if you have a contractions stop stimulating while your having it and continue after. this has been known to bring on very strong contractions, close together and you should speak with your ob because in very few cases it has been said to cause fetal distress.
2) SEX SEX SEX!! seman contains prostaglandins (sp?) which is a hormone that starts your cervix to rippen and has been said to start labor, if your body is ready for it.
rough sex, and doggie style is what ive been told to do personally. depends on what your into. also i have read a few different times that swollowing your husbands seman is another way to do it as the prostaglandins ingest better then through the vagina. i'm not sure how well thats supposed to work.
3) bouncying on a yoga ball, bumpy car rides, swinging and sliding at the park are all said to "jiggle that little one out" the more pressure on your cervix the faster is will rippen. let gravity do it's job! :)
4) WALK WALK WALK!! again with the gravity thing, the more your up the more your baby will press on your cervix to get things going. i jump, jog (as much as a 9 1/2 month prego can, lol) hop, gallop, skip all while going for a walk. i also push the stroller with my 2 year old in it to add extra strain. walking is great exercise for you and also helps lower your little one into your pelvis.
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