Your due date is nearing and you are getting anxious with each passing day regarding child birth. You are searching all over the internet for methods to induce labor “naturally”. Plus there is a lot of unsolicited advice regarding the same, ranging from castor oil to spicy food. But whether there is any grain in the claims of inducing labor is anybody’s guess. As per most childbirth experts there isn’t any!
There are no proven non-medical ways of inducing labor and the only ones worth your trust involve medicines provided at the hospital. The methods advised by everyone out there, including countless websites over there can be unhelpful at best and harmful in the worst case scenarios.
Acupuncture has been used in parts of Asia for manually inducing labor. However, there is little data and/or research to verify the claim.
Researchers at University of North Carolina conducted a small study involving 56 women in late stages of pregnancy. One control group of women received acupuncture sessions while the other did not. Around 50 percent of women who received standard care went into labor on their own, while the percentage of women who received acupuncture sessions was as high as 70 percent. Lead researcher Terry Harper, MD, says “We had almost a 50% reduction in the C-section rate.”
An important point to note here is that the size of the study was pretty small and more research is needed to verify the claim. Given the high success rate there is a reason to hope that this practice may help more women go for natural birth than C-section ops.
Can labor be induced by sex?
Doctors and midwives are quite sure about bringing on labor with sex. In case you are not having any pregnancy related complications, you can try having sex for inducing labor. There is absolutely no reason to fear as the baby is safe inside the amniotic sac and penetration cannot hurt him howsoever long the penis might be