I had most of my crew with me: my 8-year-old son and my aunt, who was staying with us to help out with our older son whenever the baby decided to make her debut since my husband was at work. It was hot, sticky, and August, so you can imagine my angst to just have this baby already. The week before, I'd already had my membranes stripped by my midwife and since that didn't seem to have worked, I was eager to try out other ways to get things going, like eating spicy foods or trying a breast pump to induce labor.
Pregnant women who have reached or are past their expected due date may use different methods of inducing labor, such as eating spicy foods, walking, acupuncture, exercising, or drinking certain beverages or teas. Nipple stimulation is also a proven option with evidence-based research behind it that you may want to discuss with your doctor. When attempting to spur labor, many women try to stimulate their nipples manually or by using a breast pump to induce labor.
Anita Moorhead does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Late in their pregnancies, some women notice colostrum early milk leaking from their nipples. Some hospitals are advising women to collect this milk in the last weeks of pregnancy, ready to give to their newborn baby, if needed.
No flack needed : I personally haven't tried it yet, but I know last night when I was tormenting my husband with my girls I'm proud of mine too!!! Unfortunately mine died down within an hour of when I stopped trying to squirt my husband I really hope it works for you!
If you're reading this, you're probably a momma at that "waiting game" stage of pregnancy. And, I'm sorry girlfriend. I get it.
I was huge and everything ached, and I was desperate to meet my babies. So I tried to induce labor myself. I got acupuncture for the first time in my life.
Using a breast pump may help start labor contractions for some full-term pregnant women or for those past their due dates. The theory is that nipple stimulation from the breast pump increases the levels of the hormone oxytocin in the body. This, in turn, may relax the body and help start uterine contractions.
Wait, what? For instance, years of research found that the women who received stimulation stimulation via electric breast pump went into labor more quickly than women who received oxytocin infusions for labor induction, although the duration of active labor was the same for both groups. And a study of women found that breast stimulation appears to have some benefit to women trying to go into laborbecause it causes the womb to contract, and may increase the hormone oxytocin, which helps stimulate contractions.
A registered nurse, former educator and endurance athlete, Stephanie Lewis earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree graduating magna cum laude from Nevada State College. As a mother-to-be approaches her due date, there's often a flood of emotions -- including anticipation and excitement about the upcoming birth. So when the due date nears, yet there are no signs of labor, some women look for ways to get things moving.