10 Tips for Working Moms Thinking About Home Pregnancy
As I am 38 weeks into this pregnancy, I must say — these past few weeks have been trying. For one, my iron levels are incredibly depleted. On top of that, I have been enduring some crucial pain in both my lower back and my pelvic region. Needless to say — I am pretty much ready for my precious Baby Oats to grace us with an appearance.
During my last doctor’s appointment, the midwife slipped me a note on a bright orange piece of paper. That piece of paper was so critical for me that I wanted to give her a giant hug.
That piece of paper has some valuable tips on how to jumpstart your labor in a safe manner. Full disclosure, I’m pretty hesitant to share these tips because I’m not a medically trained professional. So keep in mind that while I am not qualified to give medical advice, I’m simply passing along these notes.
These points will not work unless your body is ready for labor, but they will speed up the process in a natural manner. I’ll typically pick individual items while I’m carrying my 1st child in his Babyjogger City Select stroller. It’s great exercise for me, restful and soothing to my toddler and helps me break up the monotony of just being at home all the time.
1: Primose Oil Capsules
Since these capsules are pure oil, you can either insert them or swallow them. The purpose of this oil is to prepare your cervix for labor. It is recommended that you take 500 mg two times per day as long as you are at least 38 weeks pregnant.
2: Red Raspberry Tea (In Leaf Form)
Experts conflict on whether or not you should start drinking raspberry tea. On one hand, some people say you can take it at any point after your initial trimester, while others say not to drink it until you reach full term. The advice I was given suggests that you start drinking 2 cups of this leaf tea once you reach 36 weeks. Once you wish 38 weeks, double dose and double it again at 40 weeks. The beauty behind this tea is that it prompts natural and fluid contractions.
3: Stimulate Your Nipples
Stimulating your nipples produces oxytocin, which helps induce labor. You can either use your hands and fingers or a breast-milk pump. Some women say they have even gone into labor from playing with their nipples.
4: Homeopathic Remedies
Warning, be sure to speak to your physician before trying this remedy. You need to make sure that you are getting your homeopathics from a source that is professional and reputable. I take blue cohosh pellets daily for four days straight before taking three days off and repeating this remedy.
5: Make Sweet Love
This is the good one. You have probably heard that having sex is a great way to induce labor. The science behind this is that sexual intercourse releases oxytocin and that sperm contains elements that also help induce labor. This is a tried and true method throughout the years. In fact, I have been told that it is literally the only method that is reliable in inducing labor in a natural way. If you still feel in the mood for sex while nine months pregnant, that’s a bonus and you should definitely go for it.
6: Rub Your Belly
A good old-fashioned belly rub is just what the doctor ordered. To do this, makes a few drops of sage oil and castor oil and rub them liberally on your pregnant belly every single night. The bonus is that the oil smells great and also adds moisture to your skin.
7: Go For A Long Walk
I took this advice for about a week and a half while carrying Little Oats. I would go to the mall after eating dinner and take a few laps. This is great on a number of fronts. It allows your baby to settle, while also applying pressure to your cervix. Aside from this, it is an excellent form of exercise that will help you from a mental and physical standpoint.
8: Prepare On An Emotional Level
You need to realize that going into labor is potentially mentally and emotionally taxing. This item often gets overlooked by a lot of people. Take it upon yourself to spend some quality time by yourself in a quiet room, visualizing the process. This can help take some of the fear and anxiety out of it while also giving your body what it needs to relax.
9: Stretch It Out
If your doctor says that you are ready for it, you can have them separate bags of moisture from your cervix. This will pump out hormones that will get you ready to induce labor. Don’t try this at home and without doctor supervision.
10: Use Castor Oil
As a warning, taking castor oil can cause severe diarrhea. This can also be enough to make you not go into labor. Speak to your midwife and physician about this and follow the recommended dose that they offer. As for myself, I will pass on this recommendation unless I absolutely cannot take it anymore and have exhausted all other options.
Here’s a great video for anyone considering home pregnancy:
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Stay tuned for more articles on my journey. You can check out my baby blog for more details on products and ideas that I’m trying or using in my day to day Mommy life. If you’ve got neat little life hacks that are great for expecting or current Moms, send me an email or leave a comment on my blog. I’m always on the look-out for exciting ideas to try.