To go into labour faster, you can try a variety of methods . However, you shouldn't try to induce labour until you are around 40-weeks pregnant or overdue, in case your due-date is inaccurate by a few weeks. It is always important to discuss these methods with your doctor to make sure they are appropriate in your situation. Keep in mind that if your body is not yet ready to go into labour, it doesn't matter how much you try to induce your labour. It just won't happen. Always use caution when experimenting with these labour-inducing methods, to ensure you and your unborn baby's safety.
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Take a walk to help move your baby into the position of being born. Walking is good if you are having contractions, but are not yet in labour. By standing upright, gravity is fulling your baby down into your pelvis.
Have sex to stimulate contractions. Although you may not feel like having sex at this point, your partner's semen contains prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that promote muscle relaxation and blood pressure control.
Take 29.6 to 118ml. of castor oil to cause spasms in the intestines, which could ultimately lead to labour. Mix the castor oil with a glass of orange juice for taste, and keep in mind that it will cause your bowls to empty within a couple of hours.
Take low doses of oxytocin to stimulate contractions. Oxytocin is a hormone that is released in large amounts during labour and can be given through an IV in low doses or in a synthetic form, called Pitocin.
Rupture the amniotic membrane artificially to shorten labour by an hour. If your doctor recommends rupturing the amniotic membrane artificially, a sterile, plastic, thin hook will be brushed against the membranes just inside your cervix, causing your baby's head to move down against the cervix and contractions to become stronger.
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Tips and warnings
- Spicy foods can be eaten to induce labour, but you may feel sick after eating them.
- Do not try these methods if you are not already having contractions or in early labour. If taken too soon, these methods may cause premature labour, which can lead to medical problems for the baby. Discuss these options with your physician before you try them.
- Pitocin, as well as other medications, may cause side effects such as vomiting, strong labour pains and complications in labour.
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