If you are tired of being pregnant check out these natural ways to bring on labour!
Semen contains prostaglandins which can soften the cervix. Sex also produces the hormone Oxytocin which is the labour hormone!
2 Nipple Stimulation
When your nipples are stimulated, your body produces Oxytocin – the same hormone that causes contractions in labour.
3 Walking, Stairs, Cleaning House
Being active causes the baby’s head to push down on the cervix.
4 Drink Castor Oil
It is believed that castor oil can boost the digestive system and simultaneously enhance the probability of labour, but it also has some rather irritating side effects including diarrhoea, sickness and nausea. It can also cause your baby to poop inside the womb which is dangerous!
5 Evening Primrose Oil
This is another cervix ripening method which can be used orally and/ or internally. From 36 weeks you can take an oral dose of 2-3 500mg tablers daily and/ or 2-3 capsules directly to your cervix before bed.
6 Raspberry Leaf
Raspberry Leaf is a uterine tonic, which also has added benefits after the birth for breast milk production. You can drink Raspberry Leaf Tea or if you don’t like the taste of the tea you can get Raspberry Leaf in another form from a health shop.
Pineapple contains an enzyme called Bromelain that could bring on labour (in fact, other tropical fruits like kiwi, mango and papaya do, too). Pineapple is very rich in Bromelain though, so eating it could have a softening and ripening effect on the cervix.
Some mums swear by having a hot curry to start off labour – the belief being that having spicy food could stimulate your uterus.
9 Massage, Reflexology & Acupuncture
Some practitioners will offer treatments specifically for overdue mums, but it is obviously very important that you go to a fully qualified therapist, and that your treatment is 100 per cent suitable for a mum-to-be.