Labor induction seems to be a popular trend among moms nowdays. The remaining last few weeks of your pregnancy can seem like they're going on forever. It's no surprise that many women just want to get it over with. In most cases (like pregnancy complications, baby is not growing properly or risk to the mother and baby) labor induction is a necessary procedure recommended by the care provider. So when having an induction is unavoidable you should be well informed about the choices you have in order to have a safe and easy delivery. This article will layout the options that you have (and definitely should discuss with your doctor.)
Methods of Medical Labor Induction
Amniotomy is the artificial rupture of membranes (AROM), or breaking the water. Amniotomy performed by inserting what resembles a crochet hook into the vagina and actually breaking the amniotic sac.
Cervadil or Prepidil
These are 2 types of synthetic forms of a type of prostaglandin. Prostaglandins are also created naturally by your body at the early stages of labor. Prostaglandins make the cervix to soften and prepare for labor.
There are a few different types of mechanical dilators that can be placed in the cervix. Cervical Dilators cause the cervix to open.
This is an artificial form of another type of prostaglandin. It assists in stimulating labor by causing contractions & ripening, or thinning, the cervix.
Pitocin is an artificial form of oxytocin, which naturally produced by your body when labor starts. Oxytocin causes the uterus to contract.
A midwife or a doctor strip the membranes to possiblyduce labor. Membranes Stripping also called a stretch and sweep. The cervix is gently stretched with a finger. Then the finger is swept between the cervix & the bag of water.
The last method may be option to try if you would like to avoid using any kind of medication to indention labor. Membranes Stripping be done first to see if labor starts before using pitocin or synthetic prostaglandins.
Methods of Natural Labor Induction
Castor Oil to induce labor
Castor oil can be an efficient method to begin labor. It affects the bowel, causing dirrhea. This frequent activity of the digestive system can cause labor contracts.
There are a few different Essential Oils on the market that help to indention labor. Essential Oils can be used aromatically by simply inhaling their fragrance or you can rub them on your feet or on some of the pressure points to induction labor. Essential Oils that help to induce labor are Clary Sage, Oregano & Basil.
Induction Labor with Foods
Some suggest that particular kinds of foods may assist in labor induction. There has not been research to prove that this is true. If you want to give it a try anyway, some possible options include spicy foods, eggplant Parmesan, pineapple & black licorice.
Induction Labor with Herbs
Herbs that can help stimulate labor are Black and Blue Cohosh. These herbs cause the uterus to contract. They're available as tea that you can drink or in capsules.
Nipple Stimulation causes the body to release oxytocin, which causes contractions.
Maternity Acupressure to Induce Labor
Maternity Acupressure is another natural method to indication labor. There are several pressure points in the body that may start labor. These points can be stimulated through Acupressure.
Sexual Activity for Labor Induction
Having sex can cause labor to begin after semen has been deposited near the cervix. Semen contains prostaglandins, which causes the cervix to soften. Orgasm can also cause the body to release oxytocin, which can in turn cause labor contractions.