Strategies for Bringing On Labor
Although no "home" or alternative remedy has been proven to bring on labor, there are several harmless techniques that are thought to assist the body's natural processes.
Probably the most enjoyable way to try to bring on labor is to make love with your partner. Sperm contains prostaglandins that may act as a natural uterine stimulant, although the evidence that this works is inconclusive. Making love is not dangerous to your baby, unless your doctor has specifically told you to refrain from intercourse for a medical reason, such as fetal growth restriction or placental bleeding.
Nipple stimulation during sex or by itself can cause the release of oxytocin from your pituitary gland, which is linked to contractions and cervical ripening.
Walking and exercise may cause a mild increase in uterine contractions by helping the baby move down the pelvis, putting pressure on the cervix.
Raspberry leaf has been associated with increased uterine activity. Very little research has been done studying the use of raspberry leaf in pregnant women, so it's best to avoid this herbal remedy unless your doctor gives you the go-ahead and your pregnancy is already full-term.
Excerpted from Pregnancy Day by Day.
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