Women wait for 39 weeks to actually be ready for the 9month wait of bringing the bundle of joy to the world. Some women give birth 2 weeks prior to the actual date and the baby is absolutely healthy. But again there are women who wait for 40 weeks and still don’t get the labor pain for the D Day.
What food items can induce labor during pregnancy?
- Spicy food
- Pineapple and Raw Papaya
- Black Licorice
- Red raspberry leaf tea
- Cumin tea
- Basil and oregano
Natural Food items to induce labor
Labor can be induced medically by a doctor, but there are many anecdotal methods that women follow to induce labor naturally. The smartest ones are eating some specific food items that naturally opens the cervix and sets you on for the labor.
These food items are not medically approved by doctors so you need to consult your midwife to confirm if it’s safe to be eaten. You can also consider consuming healthy pregnancy snacks.
Dates are rich in fiber and having more dates means increasing fiber content in your body. It causes indigestion and cramping which naturally makes the labor pain evident. Having 5 to 6 dates per day makes the women go to the labor on their own and have higher cervical dilation. Doctors have no scientific evidence to prove this right or wrong.
Spicy Foods release capsaicin which creates bowel movements and stimulates the womb. Indian spicy dishes, Thai food, Mexican food has the natural source to induce contractions in the uterine walls. Peppers and chilly flakes can be used as topping to speed up the labor.
Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain which naturally softens the cervix by stimulating the muscles. Fresh piece of pineapple naturally induces labor so this could probably be the reason that women avoid eating this fruit in the first trimester with the fear that it may cause miscarriage.
Castor oil has been used as a natural method to induce labor for generations. It greatly induces contractions but again doctors show a red flag on its usage as it leaves you exhausted and dehydrated.
Raw green papaya is the proper food to induce labor naturally. It is rich in the enzyme papain, which acts as a natural stimulant to start the labor. Ripe Papaya has no role to play in this process.
Red raspberry leaf tea
This herbal tea provides great relief to gastrointestinal issues, periodic pain, and morning sickness. This is a therapeutic medicinal herb to induce the second stage of labor. This further helps in toning the muscles, which can help effectively while giving birth. Drinking the tea in the evening sets you on for a natural remedy without any side-effect to the mother or baby.
This curry helps you out to induce labor pain. Eggplant curry can put you on labor within two days. Basil and oregano that is added to eggplant gives way to have the potential ability to put things along.
Black licorice stimulates the production of prostaglandins and eating a lot of this root might result in mild diarrhea. It stimulates uterine contractions and is a natural hit for immediate labor.
Balsamic vinegar which is an Italian ingredient is best added in salads and is made of white grape juice. It tastes good and is used as a good solution to induce labor. White grape juice pushes on contractions and hence gets you meet your little one earlier.
Black and Blue Cohosh
These two herbs added together can be used after 40 weeks of gestation. Even after a long wait, if you are not having contractions then you need to try these herbs together for increasing your contractions. Also, you can consume loads of spring foods, if you are pregnant in spring.
Add one spoon of cumin in boiling water and it naturally stimulates labor. This is a remedy used to treat bloating and digestive issues. The contractions in the uterine begin once you finish the soothing hot cup of tea.
Red Bean Soup
Soak one bowl of red beans in water overnight and remove the water to slow cook it. Once you slow cook the beans for about four hours, you need to add some sugar and enjoy the soup. This contracts the uterine wall and puts you straight in the labor without any negative impact on you or your baby.
Apart from labor inducing foods, you have other natural methods to induce labor
- Nipple stimulation
- Membrane stripping
- Evening Primrose oil
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs) on Foods to Induce Labor Pain Naturally
1. What is the advantage of giving birth after 40 weeks of gestation?
Children born after full-term are healthier and are not prone to jaundice and other health issues. Brain development still goes on between 35 to 40weeks so it’s good to wait until the final date approaches.
2. What food should be avoided while trying to induce labor?
Excess of caffeine, chocolate, greasy food should be avoided while trying to induce labor.
3. When should we try the natural way to induce labor?
If there is no contraction even after 40 weeks of gestation, then its dangerous as your amniotic fluid level naturally falls down. You need to induce labor to avoid problems related to delivery.
4. Does too much of spicy food cause a threat to the well being of the mother and baby?
Spicy food induces labor but excess of its can lead to premature delivery. You should take it at the right time as it is not a recommended solution for a problem.
It is always best to let your baby see his or her own birthdate. Children born at the right time are healthier but again if you try to induce labor at home you have to ensure the safety of food items after consulting your doctor.
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