Labour is that series of continuous, progressive contractions of the uterus that help the cervix dilate (open) and efface (thin).
Labour allows the fetus to move through the birth canal and it usually starts two weeks before or after the estimated date of delivery.
It is better to let Mother Nature decide when your baby comes. But if you want to get things moving, and you are 40 weeks in, here are four natural ways to get things moving.
Most of these methods are anecdotal and do not have solid evidence that they work, so you should always talk with your healthcare professional or doctor before trying them.
Thirty minutes of moderate exercise at least five times a week is very helpful in any stage of pregnancy.
Staying fit can help improve sleep and your mood. It can also decrease your risk of cesarean delivery and gestational diabetes.
2. Sexual intercourse
Sexual intercourse can release oxytocin from the brain. Oxytocin is the chemical that causes contractions.
Oxytocin can also release prostaglandins, which help the cervix naturally soften and prepare for labour.
3. Acupuncture and acupressure
Acupuncture, acupressure or massage therapy can help treat the hip, back, ligament and musculoskeletal pain you might feel while pregnant.
4. Nipple stimulation
Nipple stimulations stimulate oxytocin production which is the hormone that causes the uterus to contract and the breast to eject milk.
You or your partner may stimulate your nipples manually
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