Pregnant women who have reached or are past their expected due date may use different methods of inducing labor, such as eating spicy foods, walking, acupuncture, exercising, or drinking certain beverages or teas. Nipple stimulation is also a proven option with evidence-based research behind it that you may want to discuss with your doctor. When attempting to spur labor, many women try to stimulate their nipples manually or by using a breast pump to induce labor.
You've enjoyed a healthy, happy, normal pregnancy. The nursery is ready, the car seat installed, the last of the thank-you notes for your baby shower signed, stamped, and delivered. But your due date has come and gone and although your obstetrician says everything looks fine and there's no need to intervene quite yet, you're ready to have this baby.
It is wonderful, yes. It is amazing, yes. It is a miracle, yes.
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Wait, what? For instance, years of research found that the women who received stimulation stimulation via electric breast pump went into labor more quickly than women who received oxytocin infusions for labor induction, although the duration of active labor was the same for both groups. And a study of women found that breast stimulation appears to have some benefit to women trying to go into laborbecause it causes the womb to contract, and may increase the hormone oxytocin, which helps stimulate contractions.
I had most of my crew with me: my 8-year-old son and my aunt, who was staying with us to help out with our older son whenever the baby decided to make her debut since my husband was at work. It was hot, sticky, and August, so you can imagine my angst to just have this baby already. The week before, I'd already had my membranes stripped by my midwife and since that didn't seem to have worked, I was eager to try out other ways to get things going, like eating spicy foods or trying a breast pump to induce labor.
Using a breast pump may help start labor contractions for some full-term pregnant women or for those past their due dates. The theory is that nipple stimulation from the breast pump increases the levels of the hormone oxytocin in the body. This, in turn, may relax the body and help start uterine contractions.
In February, I hit my due date. I thought. Then… nothing. My belly felt enormous, like an overripe melon.
I was huge and everything ached, and I was desperate to meet my babies. So I tried to induce labor myself. I got acupuncture for the first time in my life.
Most doctors do not recommend nipple stimulation to induce labor, but some anecdotal evidence exists for its effectiveness. In this article, we consider the research on nipple stimulation and also look at the other home remedies that some people use to try to induce labor. After a woman gives birth, stimulation of the nipples by a breast-feeding baby triggers the release of oxytocin. Oxytocin is a hormone that triggers uterine contractions that help the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size.