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5 WAYS TO NATURALLY INDUCE LABOR

11224741_10206608765801416_3816183014202982893_nI have a friend who just recently gave birth, but a week before and after her due date had passed, she asked if I knew of any methods to naturally induce labor as she was ready for the baby to ‘come out’. She was scheduled to be medically induced a week after we spoke, but she didn’t want to wait and at the same time wanted it to happen on its own.  She mentioned she had been walking tons for the past week and cleaning and just staying active overall.  I told her to do some light squats and hip circles on a yoga ball, etc…She said she had done all of that, but would try the squats.  She later asked me if I had ever heard of anyone drinking Castor Oil or Karo Syrup to induce labor…I said no, but that I would find out.

As someone who had a midwife during my pregnancy, I am all for promoting the most natural ways to give birth rather than it being medically induced.  So, I went on a quest to find out from other moms what they’ve done to naturally induce labor. I put up a post asking moms the question and was immediately showered with answers with things that they had done themselves that worked for them.  So for those of you preggos out there who are past their dues dates and are looking for ways to naturally induce labor, here are some of the most common answers I received to my question.

  1. SEX – Have lots of sex
  2. Foot Massage/ Pedicure/Acupuncture/Pre-natal massage/Warm Bath
  3. Walk, walk and walk… a lot (squats and pelvic circles on yoga ball are good too)
  4. Foods that can help: Eat Eggplant Parmesan (CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE), Pineapple, Spicy Food, Chinese Food.
  5. Let the baby come out when it wants to (it won’t be in there forever LOL)

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Although, many of the women were against drinking Castor Oil as it causes extreme abdominal pain, diarrhea and meconium (having the baby poop inside; which of course would not be a good thing), some of the women had actually used Castor Oil and claimed that it worked for them (as long as you don’t abuse the dosage).  Of course this post is for informational purposes only and in no way it is to be taken literal.  I am not a professional in this field and your decision to try any of these suggestions would your own responsibility.

I thought it was very interesting finding out what other women claimed help induce their labor process.  Some of the woman said that after doing one or two of the above they were in labor just a few hours later.

So if you are in this situation and are looking for a natural way to induce labor, I think the 5 suggestions in this post are fun to try and non-threatening.

If you do try any of these, I would love to hear if they worked.

Wishing you a happy and healthy labor and baby.

Xoxo Kari
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Breastfeeding – It does your baby good!

Some moms find breastfeeding to be a difficult task and either choose not to breastfeed or to only breastfeed for the first 3-9 months, while other moms find it to be a blessing and hold on to breastfeeding their child as long as possible.  I am a mom that falls into the latter category.  My breastfeeding story is one that will probably make you cringe.  I say cringe because I went through a lot in order to be able to breastfeed my daughter. Many moms out there would have given up in the first week; so I guess you can say this is also a story of courage and determination.

When I first gave birth I was super excited to see my daughter latch on with no problem.  I did not feel any pain whatsoever, most likely due to my level of excitement or perhaps it was due to my level of exhaustion after 21 hours of excruciating labor. In any event, she latched on, got fed, and fell asleep. The next day however, was a different story.  After breastfeeding her a couple of times, my nipples began to tear and they even bled a bit.  After the 3rd of 4th feeding I could not stand the pain, it was awful, “toe curling” the nurses referred to it.  The lactating consultant provided me with some breastfeeding tips (how to hold the breast, how to latch on the baby, etc.) and told me about the Nipple guard and cream/gel.  The Nipple guard was a lifesaver, although it did not relieve the pain completely, it did so enough to allow me to keep giving it a try and prevented my nipples from tearing more.

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Tips for properly breastfeeding

Two days later I was home from the hospital with my baby girl.  Now, it was all up to me to continue breastfeeding. I read about all of the great benefits of breastfeeding, so I was determined to provide that for my daughter.  Every two hours I endured the worst pain ever (aside from giving birth).  It was just absolutely awful.  I cried every time (no joke).  By the end of the first week I was ready to give up.  I contemplated it every time she latched on and my hubby kept encouraging me to continue and telling me it would get better. One particular day in the 2nd week I decided to pump one breast while feeding my baby on the other breast. Although, not a bad idea to multitask in my opinion, that day I was so exhausted I fell as sleep pressing the pump on my breast.  I must have been out for like 3 minutes, but those 3 minutes made the whole situation even more difficult for me.  When I woke from my 3 minute nap and took off the pump, within seconds my breast became hard as a rock.  I called my midwife immediately and was recommended all sorts of natural in-home remedies.  I had to massage, put cabbage on, soak in warm water, breast feed mainly from that breast, just to name a few. Although, it alleviated the pain, the lump was just too large and was not subsiding.  Again, I called my midwife and made an appointment.  After she saw me I was recommended to a lactation expert.  She was amazing, two hours with her and I learned so much.  With over 20 years experience, she was a master at this.  She encouraged me to continue through the pain as breastfeeding is one of the best things I can do for my child.

After my visits with my midwife and lactation expert, it was determined I had developed mastitis and had to be put on strong antibiotics.  I continued to breastfeed through the pain, one feeding session at a time.  I continued to cry, massage, put cabbage on, take my antibiotics, not sleep due to the sharp needle pains I would feel while sleeping, curled my toes every time my baby latched on, etc.  I kept telling myself it would get better to keep pressing forward. It took over a month for the mastitis to fully dissolve. By the time my mastitis was all gone my nipples were more accustomed to the breastfeeding and I was so glad I no longer had to curl my toes in pain. So I never gave up.  I pushed through and proudly say I would do it all over again if I had to.  I had so many reasons to give up, but just one that made it all worth it to endure the pain.  Today my baby girl is two and a healthy little rascal.  I can’t say her great health is 100% due to breastfeeding and its benefits, but I know breastfeeding has played a huge role in it.  I am so thankful that I am one of those mom who have been blessed with the chance to breastfeed and I am so glad that I was strong enough to push through the pain and not give up.

I know not every mother has the opportunity to nurse their child, but want to badly and so resort to milk banks to be able to provide their child with the benefits breast milk provides. So, for all of the mothers out there that have been blessed with the ability to breastfeed and are struggling with the demands of it, I say, don’t take it for granted and try your best to do at least 1 year of nursing. I know for a fact it can be harder for some mothers than others, but stick with it as much as you can, it does get easier. I know that some babies don’t always latch on well to the breast, if at all; however, are still able to bottle feed, so in that case I suggest pumping and storing the milk if necessary. So don’t give up, breastfeed if you can, your baby deserves the best!

Now, with all that said and this magical story of breastfeeding, today I still breastfeed my two year old daughter.  And although it has been a great experience, I am ready to shoot myself.  Please get her off my breasts!!!

Essentials I recommend from own experience:Nipple guard and breast pump

Stay tuned, I may have another breastfeeding blog soon, about how I stopped. 🙂

xoxo

Karintia