Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Massage to Induce Labor Naturally During End of Term Pregnancy

Massage to Start Labor:  How to Use Massage to Induce Labor Naturally

If you are hearing yourself thinking or saying "Get this Baby out of me!"  or are dealing with at at full-term or over due baby and your little one is all nestled and comfy in your body, a massage just may do the trick to jump start your labor and induce labor naturally.

At Healthy Being Wellness Center and Holistic Day Spa, we offer pregnancy massage.  For some at term or post term mothers, we can provide specific massage services to help induce labor.  Massage, acupressure and reflexology can all be very effective for women who are seeking to induce labor.

If you need help getting your labor started, the answer may be in your feet. Reflexology has been shown to help induce labor and reduce pain during childbirth. In fact, more and more nurses are beginning to learn this specialized type of foot massage and are using it in delivery rooms around the world to ease their patients’ discomfort and reduce the length of labor.

Here are a few points we will address during your massage:

Inside Heel. Press this point just inside the heel of each foot. You can’t mistake it when you have found the right spot because it should be quite tender.

Arch of the Foot. This point will also be tender, and it is located in the arch of the foot just in front of your heel. At no time should the pain be very intense, however. Your pressure should be firm, but apply less pressure at first if it hurts too much. You will no doubt find that as the tension releases, you can begin to apply more pressure and release deeper tension. This point is also very effective for dealing with the pain of intense contractions while you’re in the delivery room. Be sure your partner knows this one!

Between the Big and Second Toes. This point is about one finger-width below the space between your big toe and your second toe. Again, when you have found the right spot, it will be tender.

Thumb Point. This point is probably the most effective one for inducing labor. It affects the pituitary gland, which releases oxytocin, the natural hormone in your body which is responsible for uterine contractions. Press firmly on the center of the thumb for at least three minutes. Then, switch to your other thumb.
Reflexology is also great during childbirth, and your partner will feel more helpful in the delivery room if he has learned these techniques. Applying pressure to any of these points will help to reduce your pain while keeping your contractions frequent and successful.

As a Naturopathic Physician, I often recommend expecting mom's begin taking Evening Primrose oil 1000mg 3 times a day after 37 weeks. And cranberry leaf tea 2 cups 3 times a day.

Evening primrose oil helps to soften the cervix by providing prostaglandins and the components the body needs to make prostaglandins. This can help to ripen a cervix to help encourage labor or to speed labor.  You can even massage evening primrose oil onto the cervix to help it soften.

If you live in St Pete, Tampa, Clearwater or in the Tampa Bay area- we can help you with an assortment of services that will help induce your labor naturally and safely.  We have a trained and certified staff of massage therapists, acupuncture physicians and hypno birthing experts who work weekly with expecting moms.

Call to book you labor inducing massage therapy appointment today:  727-502-3464.

Healthy Being Wellness Center
7005 4th St N. Suite 3
St. Petersburg, Fl 33702
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