Herbs for Labor

Herbs have been used by women for centuries as another natural means of inducing labor. Even to this day, a lot of women make the choice to use herbs in order to stimulate contractions or relieve the pain of labor instead of other methods used by doctors and nurses. Most of these herbs are readily available in whole foods stores or even over the internet. Make sure that you are purchasing the herbs from a trusted seller. Also, never take more than the recommended dose. If you choose this alternative route to induce labor or reduce pain, please make sure that you have your doctor or midwife’s approval and there are no complications with your pregnancy, including if you have gestational diabetes. It is also extremely important that you do not attempt to induce labor without the consent of your doctor of midwife because early labor could cause harm or even death to your baby.

First, you may want to prepare your cervix for labor. There is an old wives’ tale that evening primrose oil is the best to prepare you for labor. It is cheap and be found in capsules in local drug stores or whole foods stores. It can be taken orally once a day from two weeks before your due date. This is used to ripen and soften the cervix, causing dilation. There are also no known side effects of taking evening primrose oil so all you are really losing is a few dollars!
The most popular and well known herbs to induce labor are Black Cohosh and Blue Cohosh. Both of these come in a tincture. It is not recommended that you purchase or use the ones that come in pill form. Blue Cohosh is the one that is used commonly to cause strong contractions in pregnant women. Black Cohosh is used to help prepare the cervix for labor and also regulates the contractions that you may have. Most women prefer to take both of these together by taking ten tinctures of Black Cohosh and ten tinctures of Blue Cohosh. It is best to take this every hour for five hours and to remain active after to take it. Make sure that you are moving around to get the blood flowing throughout your body. It is not recommended for women that have high blood pressure as it can cause heavier bleeding during delivery.
While in labor, you will be experiencing tremendous pain. Luckily, there is an herb called crampbark which is used normally to reduce menstrual pain. It is said to be an herb that can help prevent miscarriage and prevent Braxton-Hicks contractions in high risk pregnancies. These findings are not backed by doctors, but sworn by in midwives. During labor, this is a natural way to relieve that pain of the contractions. It is also excellent in relieving pain after you give birth.
These are just a few examples of some herbs that you may find helpful to naturally induce labor and reduce pain. Remember, never use herbs or any other alternative measures without the consent of a doctor of a midwife first.


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