When you’re pregnant, the last few days seem like the longest. Your growing baby is causing you to feel heavier than ever and may make eating, drinking, breathing and sleeping very difficult. You want to have your baby as soon as possible and wait for labor pains to start. You may have heard about some of these self-inducing labor tips, but how many of them actually work without harming you or your baby? Read on to know more about common myths and facts about inducing labor:
- Sex for inducing labor
Although not a completely guaranteed method, certain doctors actually prescribe sex for self-inducing labor. Sex releases prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances that can help soften cervix and possibly lead to contractions. Also, an orgasm releases the hormone oxytocin, which stimulates the muscles of the uterus to contract. However, exercise caution and avoid intercourse if your water has broken or if there is bleeding.
- Spicy Food and Castor oil
Midwives and some obstetricians may prefer castor oil and spicy food for inducing labor. However, it is important to know that there is no known food that brings on labor. Studies have indicated that castor oil may help to start labor, but will also bring on contractions by causing diarrhea and dehydration. It is important to discuss this with your doctor before trying to eat spicy food or drinking castor oil.
- Exercise for inducing labor
Pregnant women have often been told to do light exercise or take long walks to induce labor. This theory works mostly due to dehydration. When your body becomes dehydrated, an Oxytocin-like hormone is released to preserve water stores in the body and can cause labor-like symptoms. These contractions may seem like labor pains, but they are not. Exercising will only make you feel uncomfortable rather than induce an actual labor.
Many people recommend acupuncture for inducing labor. However, most doctors disagree on its capacity to bring on contractions. Acupuncture is an alternative form of medicine that has been used in parts of Asia, where it is believed that acupuncture needles helps stimulate the nervous system and cause contractions. Studies on this have been inconclusive. While acupuncture can help you relax and manage stress during pregnancy, it has not been proven to start labor.
If you want to know more about safe ways and methods of inducing labor, schedule an appointment with our team of doctors at KIMS Cuddles. They’ll always be there to guide you through every step of your pregnancy.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.