What happens, though, when your body just isn’t readyto have your baby, and (shuck that corn!), it’s time, already? When labor just isn’t coming despite the calendar saying it’s time, your body is giving all the signs that baby is ready, and your doctor is getting “uncomfortable” waiting any longer (oh, the irony), there are natural ways to induce labor if you’d prefer to avoid being medically induced.
- Acupuncture/acupressure (gave me contractions, but didn’t send me into labor)
- Long, brisk walks (gave me contractions, but didn’t send me into labor)
- The, ahem, activity that got me pregnant in the first place (gave me contractions, but didn’t send me into labor…and please don’t tell my parents that I ever did that; I’m told that fantasies of immaculate conception work both ways)
- Spicy food (gave me bad breath, but didn’t send me into labor; on the bright side, it didn’t give me any more of those stupid, unproductive contractions)
- The earthquake simulator at the local museum (the magnitude of 9 did nothing but send every observer of my “extreme pregnancy condition” into near cardiac arrest; I don’t recommend this tomfoolery, regardless)
- Hand washing the floors (gave me contractions, but didn’t send me into labor…and yes, I consider manual labor at what felt like 400 months pregnant a desperate measure)
- Castor oil (okay, I didn’t try this one; I figured I’d end up vomiting the baby out if I tried a teaspoon of it)
- Patience (yep, the last thing you want to hear when you’re bigger than your house)
- A visit to a chiropractor for a pelvic adjustment (you have to find a chiropractor who knows how to work with pregnant women – not just any chiropractor)
- Stripping membranes (your doctor does this; it doesn’t feel awesome and makes you kind of cramp-y, but it’s not terrible)
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