Unfortunately from a medical point the messages that come from your baby to you (or maybe the other way around) that tell you to give birth are still a mystery to us and largely unknow.
Here are the most commonly talked about methods to help get your baby in the mood to see the real world!
Our Favourite: Massage, Acupressure and Acupuncture
During pregnancy, if you went for a pedicure, foot-massage or treatment you might have noticed the specialists being careful around your feet and ankles.
The reason is simple. There are acupuncture or acupressure points located around your feet and ankles linked to stimulated childbirth.
Acupuncture is something I’m a fan of having used it for aches and pains over the years, I even have girl-friends who swear by it for infertility problems.
The points are usually stimulated using either needles (by a qualified acupuncturist) or you can opt for the same treatment using nothing but pressure from your hands and feet. Acupressure treatments usually start from around $60 (not the cheapest method) but you can pick up some very good online guides online and have your partner do it for.
Watch this video of acupressure in action here and have ‘him’ treat you to a relaxing massage while helping your baby drop!
Walking and Exercise
I’m a big believer in exercise. Before, during and (if I have the energy) after pregnancy. It’s not just a great way to look good, it’s keeps your body limber and a healthy body is better equipped to cope with childbirth.
Unfortunately there is no evidence to support exercise helping stimulate labor.
Avoid These: Castor Oil or Enemas
Messy and aggressive, I’ve not tried then but a friend did. Plus I’ve heard some embarrasing stories from it’s use. Embarrassing for you and the medical team involved!
There’s no evidence to support the use of castor oil plus there are possible side-effects (diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, dehydration and irritation). Not nice.
This is a good one although it can cause some irritation to your breasts. While that might seem a short-term issue, if you intend to breast feed the soreness from nipple stimulation can make it unpleasant.
It’s a technique often recommended by mid-wives and again an aggressive schedule to adhere to in order to stimulate contractions. The method increase levels of oxytocin to help increase and stimluate contractions.
There is some evidence to suggest this can help although isn’t foolproof. It’s believed prostaglandins in seman can help plus having an orgasm (you, not your man 🙂 can trigger contractions which help the birth process. Again, no concrete evidence but if you have the energy it’s a safe method worth trying!
Remember no one really knows and the downside is that you’ll never know for sure if what you did really did help your baby arrive.
The most important thing is to stay safe. Never try to induce your baby before term and always find out about the side-effects before starting anything (this is especially true to castor oil and herbal medicines).
The safest thing is to always consult your Obgyn and if you’re really desperate and fed up (losing maternity leave is a major annoyance for me) then go with something all-natural.