Have you had the baby yet? If you’re tired of hearing this question and exhausted from waddling around with an overdue baby bump, then you may be contemplating ways to get things moving. Baby will come when baby is ready but these things may help speed things along. At this stage, you’ll try just about anything, right?
Indulge in certain foods
Send your partner down to the shops to pick up some pineapples, curries and raspberry leaf tea. All of these things are suggested labour-inducing foods and drinks but every mum will have a different story about what she ate the night before she went into labour.
Bounce, baby bounce
Drag your fit ball out from the closet and get bouncing. This can help move baby down and ready for an escape. Even bouncing in early stages of labour can help speed the process.
Not keen on bouncing? Try waddling down to the park or paddling around the pool.
Sperm is meant to soften and ripen the cervix. Sure, there are probably a million other things you would prefer to be doing right now, but it could help.
Look into essential oils
Make sure you consult with your midwife or doctor before trying this, but Evening Primrose Oil and Clary Sage oil are often recommended by natural therapists as ways to induce labour.
One of the reasons why my labour didn’t progress (according to the doctors) was because I was simply too stressed out. So do some breathing exercises, get a massage or meditate to try and calm the nerves. This is easier said than done.
Acupuncture has an extremely high success rate (88 per cent) for bringing on labour after just two sessions. However, your body needs to be ready and it is only recommended if your due date has come and gone.
Make plans to do something important
Because as soon as you have a plan, that’s the time baby will make an appearance.
Eat ice cream
There is no direct link between ice cream and labour, but why not? If you’re going to be sitting around waiting, you might as well be eating something delicious while you wait.
Relish in the fact that you are not alone
The Australian Health and Welfare Institute cites that 37.4 per cent of babies are born after 40 weeks gestation. So at least you’re in good company.
Were you overdue? How did you get things moving? Make sure you check out our post on ways to make early labour a little less awful for the next stage in your parenting journey. Good luck!