Do natural inducers really work?
Here are some of the popular methods. Are they effective? Decide for yourself!
- Walking may help bring the baby into position, with the help of gravity and the swaying motion of your hips.
- Nipple stimulation triggers oxytocin, which might start contractions. (However, many doctors caution against this trying this method unless it's under their guidance. Sometimes this can cause prolonged contractions that can cause your baby distress if they're too strong.)
- Fresh pineapple contains bromelain, which can help soften the connective tissues of the cervix.
- Having sex may work because semen contains cervix-softening prostaglandins.
- Eating spicy foods is purported to get your innards rumbling, kick-starting your uterus. But you may just end up with bad gas.
Originally published in the January 2009 issue of American Baby magazine.
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