Massage to Induce Labor Naturally During End of Term Pregnancy
Posted Sep 18 2012 8:08am
If you are hearing yourself thinking or saying "Get this Baby out of me!" or are dealing with at at full-term or over due baby and your little one is all nestled and comfy in your body, a massage just may do the trick to jump start your labor and induce labor naturally.
At Healthy Being Wellness Center and Holistic Day Spa, we offer pregnancy massage . For some at term or post term mothers, we can provide specific massage services to help induce labor. Massage, acupressure and reflexology can all be very effective for women who are seeking to induce labor.
If you need help getting your labor started, the answer may be in your
feet. Reflexology has been shown to help induce labor and reduce pain
during childbirth. In fact, more and more nurses are beginning to learn
this specialized type of foot massage and are using it in delivery rooms
around the world to ease their patients’ discomfort and reduce the
length of labor.
Here are a few points we will address during your massage
Inside Heel. Press this point just
inside the heel of each foot. You can’t mistake it when you have found
the right spot because it should be quite tender.
Arch of the Foot. This
point will also be tender, and it is located in the arch of the foot
just in front of your heel. At no time should the pain be very intense,
however. Your pressure should be firm, but apply less pressure at first
if it hurts too much. You will no doubt find that as the tension
releases, you can begin to apply more pressure and release deeper
tension. This point is also very effective for dealing with the pain of
intense contractions while you’re in the delivery room. Be sure your
partner knows this one!
Between the Big and Second Toes.
This point is about one finger-width below the space between your big
toe and your second toe. Again, when you have found the right spot, it
will be tender.
Thumb Point. This point is
probably the most effective one for inducing labor. It affects the
pituitary gland, which releases oxytocin, the natural hormone in your
body which is responsible for uterine contractions. Press firmly on the
center of the thumb for at least three minutes. Then, switch to your
Reflexology is also great during
childbirth, and your partner will feel more helpful in the delivery room
if he has learned these techniques. Applying pressure to any of these
points will help to reduce your pain while keeping your contractions
frequent and successful.
As a Naturopathic Physician , I often recommend expecting mom's begin taking Evening Primrose oil 1000mg 3 times a day after 37 weeks. And cranberry leaf tea 2 cups 3 times a day.
Evening primrose oil helps to soften the cervix by providing
prostaglandins and the components the body needs to make prostaglandins.
This can help to ripen a cervix to help encourage labor or to speed
labor. You can even massage evening primrose oil onto the cervix to help it soften.
If you live in St Pete, Tampa, Clearwater or in the Tampa Bay area- we can help you with an assortment of services that will help induce your labor naturally and safely. We have a trained and certified staff of massage therapists, acupuncture physicians and hypno birthing experts who work weekly with expecting moms.