I think it’s safe to say that nearly every lady reaches in a point at the end of her pregnancy when she is just ready to have her baby. You’re having a hard time sleeping, breathing, eating, you can’t get comfortable – all because your baby is continuing to grow and occupy a larger space within your belly. It’s at this point that ladies begin to look for ways to induce, or kick start, labor. There are numerous old wives tales out there of ways to get things going, today we’ll share a few that, while not scientifically proven to work, may be worth looking in to.
Physical Activity – In each of my three pregnancies I’ve had people suggest all sorts of physical activities to me, as my due date gets closer. Everything from vacuuming, to pulling weeds, mowing the lawn to just regular walking are supposed to help get labor started or even help things progress more quickly. I just recently heard the recommendation to go “curb walking” – which is when you walk with one foot on the curb and one on the street, because it’s supposed to help the baby to move down easier into the GO position.
Eating specific foods – I’ve been told to eat something spicy to jump start labor or even to eat a fresh pineapple. While there’s no proof that certain foods can help to trigger labor, there’s generally nothing to worry about if the food is something you’ve normally eaten during your pregnancy.
Massage – There are people who swear that prenatal massages and acupressure are sure-fire ways to get your labor going. According to the What to Expect website, acupressure “is (an) age-old practice that entails putting pressure on specific points on the body to stimulate uterine activity.” They share, “Two pressure points that may induce labor naturally: The webbing between your thumb and index finger, and the inside of your leg about four finger-widths above the ankle bone.” During a massage these same pressure points can be triggered as well. Additionally, the What to Expect website says, “Studies show that a massage can raise your body’s level of oxytocin, that hormone that can bring on contractions.”
Make sure you consult with your doctor before attempting any suggestions meant to send you into labor. It can be hard and uncomfortable towards the end, but just remember that the baby will come when he or she is good and ready. If you do get the go ahead from your doctor to get a massage or have those hot wings, make sure your bag is packed, just in case!