Pregnant moms-to-be often spend their final weeks of pregnancy feeling less than comfortable and more than ready to meet their little ones. It's been a long nine months or so, and it's understandable that some women get a little disenchanted with the whole pregnancy experience. Some even feel the need to seek solace from the online mommy boards, bringing them across many methods for at-home, natural inductions. And although many methods have limited supportive evidence that they work, there are still some reasons you should try to induce labor naturally.
So-called "natural" or at-home labor induction methods include all kinds of things, from drinking castor oil, to eating pineapple, to going for a bumpy car ride, to having sex. Healthcare professionals feel differently about induction methods, however, with some recommending them and others warning patients to stay away. Dr. Jonathan Schaffir, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Ohio State University College of Medicine, told Fit Pregnancy that a study he and his colleagues conducted showed that fewer than half of the women who try to naturally induce labor tell their healthcare providers that they're doing so. It's important to have a chat with your healthcare provider if you're considering a non-medical induction method because some have risks, which your healthcare provider can help provide guidance about.
It's also important to make sure that you're full-term before trying anything that might speed up baby's arrival. Obviously, pre-term babies can face difficulties, so waiting until you know you've hit that 39-week mark can help make some of the natural induction methods you're considering a little bit safer.
But, if you get the OK from your doctor and are ready to meet your baby, here are a few reasons to try inducing labor naturally.