By Julie InghamWhen a woman nears the end of her pregnancy, she may be very uncomfortable and in hopes of getting the final process of labor and delivery underway. If you are accustomed to use natural means to deal with your health issues, you may want to consider home remedies to make your cervix dilate. It's important that these remedies be selected from those that are not only effective, but that will not pose a danger to the mother or the unborn child.
Probably the best choice of home remedies for beginning or strengthening contractions is Acupressure. Acupressure is more widely accepted in Western cultures than ever before for many types of treatments, preventative measures and improved natural processes. Acupressure will not harm the child and can improve the health of the mother significantly.
The goal of acupressure and other home remedies is to thin the cervix and improve the strength of contractions so that dilation of the cervix occurs. Contractions and other signs of impending labor can be very different from one woman to the next, but controlled clinical studies show that acupressure is preferable to other types of treatment for inducing and shortening the labor process. Where acupressure is used, the entire labor duration typically is shorter than without intervention.
Other remedies at home that can be helpful include a good massage. Massage relieves stress and tensions in mind and muscles so that the woman is able to relax. This can be enough to trigger serious contractions and get the cervix fully dilated. Having sex has similar results, relaxing both the mother and the father.
Evening primrose oil is sometimes used, especially in home deliveries or by a midwife to thin the cervix. It is applied internally. The recommendation is to avoid the use of such remedies because of the danger of infection in the infant or the mother. Avoid the use of herbs such as black or blue cohosh. They have been shown to have the potential for causing excessive bleeding in the mother and accelerated heart rate in the infant.
Home remedies to make your cervix dilate should not be used prior to the 38th week of pregnancy. Even though the woman is uncomfortable, it is far more important to allow the baby to come to full term before getting in a rush to induce labor. Even an additional week of pregnancy can make the difference in the health and development of the infant.
Research has been conducted and is showing that over eighty percent of pregnant women who use acupressure to induce labor experience a normal labor with less complications than other women that do not use the techniques. Did you know that it can also shorten the amount of time one is in labor?
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