The closer you are to the end of your pregnancy, the more often you may notice yourself wondering what your labor and delivery story will look like! While there is no way to plan exactly the way it will go, every labor story is unique and beautiful in its own way. As your pregnancy aches and pains may gear up towards the end of your third trimester, you may even find yourself searching for ways to naturally induce labor on your own. In most cases, it is certainly best to wait until mother nature decides it is time for the baby to be born, however if you have reached full term and are eager to get the process going, we have compiled four natural labor inducing tips to help encourage your little one to make an appearance sooner rather than later!
Getting regular exercise before, during and after pregnancy is key! A healthy body promotes healthy baby development. Unless your midwife or doctor has instructed you otherwise, getting regular physical activity each day is so helpful in promoting a smooth delivery, especially as you draw near to delivery day. Walking is a simple way to get your blood flowing and your heart rate up! It is also suggested that walking towards the end of your pregnancy helps the baby to move into position for delivery. Leash up your dog, buckle your toddler into the stroller and hit the road, walking! We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and keeping hydrated as you may notice some Braxton Hicks contractions kicking in as you get moving. As long as they are not painful, they are most likely just a normal result of getting more active in your third trimester and your body will thank you for keeping it moving!
Certain foods have been known to induce labor all on their own. Foods like dates, spicy dishes (think Mexican, Thai and Chinese recipes), pineapple, garlic and raspberry leaf tea are all great options to try! Many of these food items encourage the bowels to move a little quicker, which could encourage real contractions to kick in! While these foods will not make you go into labor spontaneously, they may just help move your body along if it is already ready to go!
If your due date has come and gone and there is still no sign of a baby, this tip may just help your contractions to get a move on! Both nipple stimulation and sex naturally release oxytocin in your body, which can induce labor if your baby is ready to be born. Always be sure to check with your midwife or doctor before trying this one, however if you have already gone past your due date, they most likely won’t mind you trying to get the process started!
This last tip may encourage relaxation while simultaneously urging your body to go into labor! Getting a pregnancy massage by a massage therapist who is well versed in the pressure points that are connected to labor may be just the ticket to meeting your baby! This route will require the individual giving you a massage to target specific areas on your body that will encourage contractions to start. As an added bonus, it will help to relax those tense muscles and third trimester pains you may be feeling at this point in your pregnancy.
Above all, doing your part to promote a healthy pregnancy gives you the most favorable chances of having a smooth labor and delivery. Checkout our tips for a healthy pregnancy right here: How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy | What to Eat During Pregnancy
Once your little bundle has made their arrival, read up on ways to prioritize your immediate postpartum recovery right here: New Moms Survival Guide in the hospital - Organicbabyfood.shop
Have you given any of these tips a try!? If so, let us know how they worked out for you! Wishing you a healthy pregnancy and lots of baby snuggles!
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