Hello my friend and let me personally welcome you to my personal website. I know why you are here and that is why I put up this blog, to share you my experiences. I remember the days when I was pregnant with Ashley, I was sooo happy.
Impending motherhood can be pretty scary for a newbie mom who is experiencing pregnancy for the first time. In my case, what petrified me the most was the prospect of a long, painful labor. When I was a week past my due date, my OB-Gyne recommended, “You should learn how to induce labor yourself.”
My doctor’s recommendation came as a result of her evaluation of my mental state at that time. I was under a lot of stress. I’ve been experiencing sporadic labor pains, which would cause my husband and me to rush to the hospital, only to be sent home an hour later because it was “false labor”.
However, my doctor suspected that my baby was indeed ready to go out into the world, but my fears and stress is preventing it from being delivered. Seeing that I was delayed, she referred me to her colleague who is a complementary medicine specialist. After checking me out, this specialist also arrived at the same conclusion that it was me who was delaying my baby’s birth.
She told me, “You are much too tense. Because of this, your contractions are not as strong as they should be. Your cervix is also not relaxed enough to allow your baby to pass through it. To get you to relax and also to prepare you for birth, I will teach you how to induce labor yourself by using maternity acupressure.”
The specialist taught my husband and me how to apply pressure or massage certain points in the body that will lead to labor induction. I will discuss just a few of them. For example, LI4 or the Adjoining Valley Point is located in the web between my thumb and forefinger. Pressing on this point causes my large intestines to contract and press upon my uterus. Another example is the SP6 or Three Yin Crossing Point. To find this point, place four fingers above your ankle next to your bone along the inside of your leg. The Three Yin Crossing Point is just above your fourth finger. This point aids in ripening the cervix and strengthens weak uterine contractions. Putting pressure on the roof of the mouth with the tongue also has the same effect as the Three Yin Crossing Point. Needless to say, pressing on these points induced true labor in only 8 hours that my husband and I started doing acupressure.
In the delivery room, however, I found myself overwhelmed by the pain of the contractions. What my husband did was to massage the GB21 or Shoulder Well Point which is located at the shoulder joint four-finger widths in the direction of the neck. He would alternate massaging this point with the BL60 or Big and High Point found between the ankle bone and Achilles tendon at the back of the my foot right above my heel. The Shoulder Well Point helped to ease the pain of my contractions while the Big and High Point aided in making my baby go down smoothly into my pelvis. You can just imagine my surprise when it only took a couple of pushes before my baby easily came out of me.
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Aside from knowing when to perform maternity acupressure, you also need to know how to properly apply pressure to the various points. Many women think the pressure points should be massaged continuously. Others do it whenever they feel like it or they remember to perform it during the course of a busy day.
If you are past your due date, it is advisable to massage the prescribed acupressure points as often as possible during the day. With your thumb and fingertips, massage the pressure point in a tight and circular motion. Make sure that you apply pressure for 30 to 60 seconds only. After that, have a short break of 1 to 2 minutes before applying pressure again. Once the contractions occur regularly and/or your cervix has dilated, you can stop the acupressure. For severe labor pains, have your husband massage the Shoulder Well point in the same manner as described above to relieve pain and learn how to induce labor at home.
Inducing Labor: Best Maternity Acupressure Points for Uterine Contractions
In most cases of long, difficult and, sometimes, painful labor, women have uterine contractions that are too weak or too irregular to expel the baby from the womb. This is where maternity acupressure points come in.
There are certain pressure points that promote and/or strengthen contractions of the uterus. One very good example is the Spleen 6 or Three Yin Intersection point. This point is found four finger-widths above the ankle bone along the inside of the leg.
Another effective point is Bladder 21. It can be found in the midpoint between the spine and the buttocks. The best way to locate this point is by putting one finger right on top of the buttocks crease. You will know that you found the right spot if you feel a small depression in the area.
You also have the Hoku or Adjoining Valley Point. To find this point, first close the fingers of your hand. The point is found at the end of the crease between your thumbs and index finger. The Hoku point indirectly promotes uterine contractions by inducing spasms of the large intestines.
Inducing Labor: Best Acupressure Points to Cause Descent of the Baby
Delayed or prolonged labor may be due to the baby’s remaining high up inside the uterus instead of descending into the pelvis. In some cases, the baby’s inability to descend could also be due to the cervical walls being tense and hard, so that it does not dilate. Maternity acupressure to induce labor can address these problems.
The Spleen 6 or Three Yin Intersection point located four finger-widths just on top of your ankle bone on the inside of your leg aids in ripening the cervix and promotes the baby’s downward movement into the pelvis.
Another effective point is called Big and High. This point is found just right on top of the back of the heel, between the Achilles tendon and the ankle.
If the mother had difficulty in pushing the baby down because of intense labor pains, you can relieve the pain without sacrificing the strength of uterine contractions by massaging the Shoulder Well point, which is found four finger-widths form the shoulder joint toward the neck.
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In recent years, women have been advocating maternity acupressure as the safest and most effective way of inducing labor. These have been documented by scientific studies which revealed that performing acupressure during the last 2 weeks of pregnancy allows for labor of much shorter duration and on-time delivery that is both minimally painful and stress free. If your baby is past its due date, you might want to massage some vital acupressure points to hasten its delivery.
When it comes to inducing labor themselves, many women have turned to herbs and dietary changes to enable them to have a less stressful delivery.
A lot of women swear by the effectiveness of evening primrose oil. Available in capsule form, it is inserted into the cervix between the 36th to 38th weeks to promote ripening of the cervical walls. Other women include fruits like mango, kiwi, pineapple and raspberry tea leaf in their diet which contain enzymes that help in toning the cervix. Especially during the last few two weeks of pregnancy, these fruits have been known to initiate mild contractions.
Some women recommend intake of castor oil to induce labor. Take note, however, that castor oil induces contractions by causing spasms in your bowels. This may lead to troublesome bouts of diarrhea and it may also affect the immature digestive system of your unborn baby.
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A lot of women – both soon-to-be moms and “pros” – have this great fear of the pain associated with a long labor. While there was a time when doctors do not recommend women to learn techniques on inducing labor themselves, they now advocate these methods in order to make the labor process smoother and easier.
Why should you learn how to induce labor yourself? First of all, DO NOT learn these techniques if your goal is to abort a child. This is the main reason why doctors did not advocate self-induction techniques in the first place. If you are going to induce labor for this purpose, you are putting yourself at risk of severe hemorrhage and infection, which may prove fatal.
If you have had a prior histories of a long and difficult labor, self-induction techniques can help the next pregnancies to be less stressful and traumatic. Women with weak uterine contractions can use a variety of methods so that they can easily “push” the baby out. In cases wherein the woman is discovered to be a candidate for cesarean section, she can learn the techniques that will enable the baby to move in the “head down” position and/or will aid in the thinning of the cervix to promote smoother delivery.
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If you are learning how to induce labor yourself, you may have heard some mothers remark that the best way to get the baby out is by doing the same process by which you got the baby into your womb in the first place, namely foreplay (specifically nipple stimulation) and sex.
Nipple stimulation promotes the release of oxytocin, the hormone responsible for inducing labor. In a hospital setting, doctors inject a synthetic hormone called Pitocin to stimulate contractions in women who are past their 40th week or are having a long, difficult labor. To induce the natural release of oxytocin, gently rub your nipples between your thumb and index finger. If contractions do not develop within 20 minutes, you must stop and try again at a later time. It should be mentioned though that some women have reported an extremely long and strong labor period with nipple stimulation. It can also cause an increase in the baby’s heart rate, which could prove harmful. Always ask your doctor first if it is advisable to for you induce labor through nipple stimulation.
Couples may balk at the idea of inducing labor through sexual intercourse. However, there are two reasons for sex’s effectiveness as a natural induction method. First of all, orgasm in the woman promotes the release of oxytocin. Secondly, semen contains prostaglandins which aid in thinning out the walls of the cervix.
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Women who are new to maternity acupressure usually do not know when the right time to go about inducing labor themselves is. Sadly, some acupressure sites post different dates on when the techniques should be performed.
Ideally, women should do acupressure to induce labor when they have gone beyond their 40th week or their due date. Maternity acupressure should never be performed earlier than this date to prevent premature births. The indications for early self-induction include women who have previous histories of difficult births, who have not experienced any false labor pains as she nears her due dates, and the baby remains in a high position in the uterus. A doctor needs to evaluate a woman for these factors to see if maternity acupressure is absolutely necessary.
Self-induction of labor should never be performed if a woman is diagnosed with a placental condition. A good example is placenta previa, wherein the placenta is located very low in the uterus. Inducing labor through acupressure may result in severe bleeding.
When it comes to learning how to induce labor yourself, there is a question on when is the right time to do it.
Ideally, women can try natural induction methods between the 38th and 40th weeks of pregnancy. Performing self-induction before the 38th week could lead to the premature birth of the baby.
Babies that have been born prematurely will need to be carefully monitored in the neonatal care unit. Premature births can also expose the mother to health risks including vaginal hemorrhage and infections caused by the premature rupture of the membranes of the amniotic sac.
Before you even try to induce labor yourself, always consult with your doctor first to determine if there is a need to do natural induction methods. Your physician will need to do an ultrasound to check the position of the baby and to see if it is ready for delivery. In cases wherein the baby is in a breech position in the womb, it is necessary to wait for the unborn child to move into the right position (with the head at the cervix) before attempting labor induction.
Ask your doctor to teach you about how to induce labor yourself at the right time!
Before you induce labor yourself through maternity acupressure, always make it a point to consult with your doctor first!
Evening primrose oil has been proven to be one of the most effective oils in inducing labor during the 36th to 38th weeks. This oil helps to tone and ripen the cervix. When combined with other natural induction methods, labor and delivery are less painful and much smoother. To use evening primrose oil, insert two capsules in your cervix or slice them open and rub the oil on your perineum before going to bed at night. To hasten labor, you can insert up to 4 capsules daily.
Two herbs that are also being used to induce labor are black and blue cohosh. These herbs have been found to be very effective in women that have weak and/or irregular uterine contractions. Because black and blue cohosh are very potent herbs, they need to be used while under a doctor’s supervision.
Other women recommend the use of castor oil. However, this is not a very pleasant induction method. Being a laxative, castor oil works by inducing spasms in the intestines, which cushion the uterus during pregnancy. These spasms, in turn, cause the uterus to cramp leading to the development of full-blown contractions. The drawback to using castor oil is that it will cause diarrhea and it may also affect the bowels of your unborn child.
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Although I still believe that maternity acupressure is the best way to induce labor naturally, diet and exercises do also work.
There many ways by which you can learn how to induce labor yourself. Frequently used methods are diet and exercise.
When it comes to the food you eat, there are certain foods that will help in keeping the cervix in tone, so that the period of labor is shorter and delivery much easier and less painful. One such food to add to your diet is raspberry leaf tea. Some foods contain enzymes that may elicit mild uterine contractions. The most notable are tropical fruits like pineapple, mango and kiwi.
Many women have used low impact exercises to “coax” the baby down into the cervix (with the help of gravity). One way to do this is by walking while swaying your hips side to side. Other exercises, such as pedaling on a stationary bike or a light hike, help to induce contractions. In some cases, women can jolt their baby into labor by asking their spouses to drive them over bumpy roads.
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There is an ongoing debate on whether or not you – as a woman and mother-to-be – should learn how to induce labor yourself.
The primary reason why some women want to learn self-induction of labor is in the event that their pregnancy extends beyond the normal 38 to 40 weeks. Pregnancies that go beyond this period result in long, painful labors and the birth of large babies.
Other women do induction methods to promote a faster labor period and smoother delivery of the baby. It is a known fact that many pregnant women dread the painful contractions that accompany labor and birth. By starting labor induction early, it will be easier, less stressful and less painful during the time of the delivery.
It is an unfortunate fact, though, that some women learn self-induction methods in order to get rid of unwanted pregnancies. This is usually performed before the 36th week of pregnancy. However, early induction of labor for the specific goal of aborting the fetus is a very risky endeavor for the mother. There is a significant risk of hemorrhage and infection, which may prove life threatening.
Before learning how to induce labor yourself, evaluate your motives and reasons for wanting to do these methods.