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.
The acupressure points can be readily identified if the spot feels tender if you apply pressure on it. One good point is the Three Yin Crossing. You can find it by placing four fingers at the bone inside of your leg just above your ankle. Massage this point to promote cervical ripening and strengthening weak uterine contractions. You can also induce much stronger uterine contractions by massaging the Adjoining Valley Point (found in the web between your thumb and forefinger). This point causes your bowels to contract to increase the force of your contractions.
Women whose babies remain high up in their uterus, you can massage the Big and High Point found at the back of the foot just at the top of the heel between the ankle and the Achilles tendon. Pressing on this point pushes the baby down into the pelvis.
Last but not least, if you are suffering from intense labor pains, you can have your husband massage your Shoulder Well Point to relieve your aches. To find this point, lay four fingers from your shoulder joint going toward your neck.
Learn other maternity acupressure points by which you can start inducing labor yourself today!