How To Start Contractions

How To Start Contractions

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Hi, I'm Mars Lord, Doula UK recognized Doula. I support women through pregnancy and childbirth and post-birth. You can find me at mammydoula. I'm here today to talk about pregnancy, birth and infant feeding.

So, how to start contractions? Well, babies don't quite do the things that we expect. we discover that week 40 is the week that our babies should arrive, but babies don't tend to arrive bang on week 40. About 4% of the population have their babies on their estimated due date.

Remember those words, ESTIMATED due date. Term is anything from 37 weeks to 42 weeks, but you might find as you go past the 40 and the 41 week mark, that you really want your baby to come. You have 2 options.

First, is a medical induction, but do your research and find out the pros and cons of a medical induction. Really, those should be kept for if there's a specific medical reason why your baby needs to come now. If it's simply because you're tired and you're feeling heavy, then perhaps you might like to look at more natural ways of bringing the labor on.

So, there are a lot of old wives tales out there, talk about castor oil, eating pineapple, etc. Again, with everything do your research. Sex, fantastic way to start labor because with all the hormones that you put into your body so, have a lot of sex.

Even though you feel a little uncomfortable, I'm sure you can work out some positioning. Make sure, you could probably go and see an acupuncturist who can do a session which induces labor, or reflexology, or homeopathy. These are natural ways to bring on labor, but remember even the natural ways are about you trying to make your body do something that it might not be ready for.

So, lots of sex, look into some alternative therapies, and as a last resort if there's a medical reason, medical induction. Not one to be done lightly. A more natural way of inducing or bringing on labor is homeopathy, or acupuncture, or reflexology.

Look for a trained practitioner, but again, as with medical induction, do your research first. Know the pros and know the cons, and be sure that what you're doing is safe for you and your baby. And that's how to start contractions.