of the methods of self-inducing labor that's been
sweeping the internet in recent years is the myth
that eggplant will start labor. This maternity myth
started when a news story began circulating about
a restaurant in Georgia named Scalini's. Apparently
the mothers of over 300 babies have gone into labor
in the past 23 years, within 48 hours of eating
the eggplant parmegiana.
funny part is, it may just be that the dish causes
the women to go into labor, but it's not the eggplant.
The herbs Oregano and Basil have properties that
may cause contractions, though it is not yet known
how or in what quantities. This is why, in aromatherapy
circles, these herbs and essential oils are to be
avoided whenever possible during pregnancy.
to Induce Labor
contains prostaglandins. Prostaglandins cause the
cervix to "ripen", or soften and prepare
to open. While it is debatable whether there are
enough prostaglandins in semen to have any real
effect, it is not a terrible way to keep hope alive
and while away the last weeks of your pregnancy.
Another great side effect is the fact that orgasms
produce oxytocin, the hormone that causes contractions.
So, between the two, there is a pretty good case
for the cure for pregnancy.
Primrose Oil and Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
will actually induce labor. While some lay midwives
will argue that statement about the Evening Primrose,
which is the reason it is not recommended until
36 weeks or "full term", almost all sources
with experience agree that it does nothing that
the body was not ready to do on its own. I will
repeat this at the end of this section, to make
sure you understand this, as there is a lot of confusion
and misconception surrounding these two substances.
primrose oil is an excellent source of prostaglandins,
which we already determined readies your cervix
for labor. It can be taken orally as soon as 34
weeks, and can be applied directly to the cervix
at full term (36 weeks). The general recommendation
is two 500mg capsules per day until week 38, at
which time you increase to 3-4 per day. The entire
capsule can be inserted vaginally (inserted just
before bed, it will dissolve before the first time
you wake to use the bathroom), or you can use the
oil on your fingers for your perineal massage, then
also rub on your cervix (assuming you can reach
it). Applying directly to the cervix is optimal,
but the beneficial ingredients are absorbed through
the external skin or the stomach also.
raspberry leaf tea is a uterine tonic used by Native
Americans for thousands of years. It tones your
uterus by helping to "focus" your Braxton
Hicks contractions. Think of its job as helping
your uterus do more effective exercising while you
are pregnant. It does not "cause" contractions
and can be safely used throughout pregnancy. It
is contraindicated for those having complications
"just in case", however, by most doctors
who do not understand its use. Many women safely
use it from the moment they learn they are pregnant
at six weeks until months after delivery. (It helps
to tone the uterus after delivery as well, shrinking
it back to size more quickly and reducing bleeding.)
neither of these actually causes labor to start!
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