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.