Tired of knitting booties? Ready for that Baby to join us in the World of Air? Here are some ways other women have used to encourage their babies to make the big move. (But if you would rather knit just one more pair of booties, here's the pattern for these adorable white ones.)
Marital intimacy. Softens the cervix with natural prostaglandins, stimulates contractions with oxytocin-producting orgasms, relaxes mother.
Nipple stimulation. Produces oxytocin. Goes nicely with suggestion #1.
Mexican food, or other spicy foods particularly spiced with cumin, which can help blood vessels in uterus contract (this might be urban legend, but some swear by it). Some also say eggplant is helpful too, but, again, this suggestion is based on purely anecdotal evidence. Here's a recipe for eggplant parmisiana that hundreds swear by; (pineapple also is a popular food for these purposes).
Exercise, especially walking, swimming, and lunges. Don’t overdo it, though, because you won’t want to be exhausted if you do go into labor.
Asymmetrical standing. When possible, place one foot up on a step stool while you are standing. This encourages baby’s descent, and helps him wiggle into the best position for labor. Switch which leg is on the step for comfort.(some midwives suggest a more aggressive variation of this called "curb walking"; If you live near a road that has the concrete curbs on the sides, walk for a while with one foot up on the curb and the other down on the road. Walk a ways, then turn around and have the opposite foot on the curb/road.
Evening Primrose oil contains prostaglandins, and helps soften a cervix that is ready to soften. Some women have taken gel-caps orally 3X's per day and then inserted 2 in the vagina at bedtime.
Red Raspberry leaf tea, helps tone the uterus and encourages Braxton Hicks contractions to focus into the real thing. It’s good to make a lot of this tea and drink it iced throughout your postpartum time too, because it helps your uterus get back to its non-pregnant state.
Acupressure. There are two points that stimulate uterine contractions. These points are about four finger-widths above the inner ankle on your calf, and in the webbing between your thumb and forefinger. You will know when you've found the spot because it will be very sore. You rub your calf, or pinch the webbing on your hand, in a circular motion for 30-60 second at a time, taking 1-2 minute breaks in between.
Ask your doctor or midwife about the possibility of bringing out the big guns:stripping membranes, using castor oil, and trying serious herbal encouragements. Do NOT try this without your midwife's or OB's OK, but here is a "cocktail" one midwife has used in the past:
Warning: this is for serious business! It works at least 4 out of 5 times especially if taken with blue and black cohosh as instructed below.
Buy 8 ounces of castor oil, orange juice and soda crackers (or bread).
1st dose: 4 ounces castor oil and 4 ounces orange juice in a 12-16 ounce cup. Heat in microwave for about 15-20 seconds. Stir very fast to mix the two together and drink down FAST. Immediately chase down with some soda crackers.
30 minutes later, 2nd dose: 2 ounces castor oil and 3-4 ounces orange juice. Heat, stir, drink and chase with a cracker as before.
30 minutes later, 3rd dose: repeat with 2 ounces castor oil etc.
Can also use blue and black cohosh. Start with one dropper of blue, then ½ dropper of black and alternate every 30 minutes with the castor oil and continue with the herbs after all the castor oil has been taken.
Trust in the Lord and His timing, for He is the one who will bring your baby from the womb. “But thou art He that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.” (Ps 22:9)