For the last 30 weeks, you have been waiting for that special day, it is the day you are going to finally meet your little bundle of joy. But now the day has come and gone, and you still haven’t got him in your arms. You will probably hear a hundred times over how it is probably because you have made such a lovely home for your baby in your tummy that he doesn’t want to leave, but 40 weeks of carrying a big bump is enough, and it is now time for you to meet your gorgeous little baby.
So your nurse will not induce you for another 7-10 days, why not try some natural ways of inducing your own labour?
A less common choice of natural induction is acupuncture. It is important that you go to a qualified specialist to complete this process. Acupuncture is when needles are inserted into specific points of your body; specialists believe that it stimulates energy within your body to act on a specific organ function.
There is no proof that acupuncture can bring on labour, however some women will say it is very effective. If you are tired of waiting, it may be worth a go as there is no evidence that it can harm you or your baby.
Hot, hot, hot, the spicier your food is, the more likely it is going to bring on your labour. Specialists argue that the curry stimulates your tummy, which will then stimulate your uterus, kick starting labour.
There is no solid evidence to prove that this method actually works, so if you are not keen on spicy foods, you may just find that it will just give a hot mouth and a lot of heartburn.
Homeopathetic remedies such as pulsatilla and caulophyllum are used by women to stimulate pregnancy, however again there is no evidence to prove that it works.
Even though no harm to you or your baby has been proved, it is advised that you should speak to your doctor or midwife before trying these methods.
Why not try a swift walk to try and start your pregnancy? It is likely your baby will be in the position to be born after your due date has come and passed, meaning the pressure of your baby’s head pressing down your cervix could stimulate the release of oxytocin, a hormone that causes contractions.
If your baby is not in the correct position to be born, a walk could also encourage your baby to move down.
The bigger your bump has got, the less likely you probably feel like sex, however in your final few days, sex may encourage your baby to come along.
Sex again can release oxytocin, a hormone that causes contractions.
You shouldn’t worry or stress too much if your due date has passed; just take this extra time to sit back, relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, before you know it your baby will be here and you won’t get a chance like this to sit down again.