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Ways to avoid Induction - 10 natural ways to help start labour

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Ways to avoid Induction - 10 natural ways to help start labour

Following on from my blogpost on Induction of Labour I thought I would share with you some ideas for ways you can avoid induction if you decide to say no. First just a very quick recap: There are many reasons why you might be offered an induction of labour but it’s important to understand the reasons behind why your Midwife/Doctor is offering you this procedure. It’s ok to ask questions, good ones to ask are: Why am I being offered induction? What are the benefits? What’s the risks (to me or my baby?) What happens if I choose not to...

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What is Induction of Labour?

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What is Induction of Labour?

“Induction of labour” is the process of artificially stimulating your womb to start labour. Why do I need to be induced? There are many different reasons, and everyone is an individual case. Some common examples are: Your age –generally women over the age of 40 are offered induction at around 40 weeks as unexplained stillbirth rates in babies that have gone over their due date increases with maternal age. If your waters have broken but your labour hasn’t started naturally within 24 hours as the risk of you developing an infection increases after this time frame. If you are overdue...

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How will I know if I'm in Labour?

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How will I know if I'm in Labour?

This is a question I often get asked by mums-to-be as they prepare for the “big day”. The stock answer that most people tell you is “Don’t worry you’ll know!” – Well that doesn’t really help does it?? So let’s look at the two signs of labour: 1) Contractions/tightenings or surges (Hypnobirthing word) 2) Waters breaking (not always – see below) What are contractions? Your womb (uterus) has a muscular layer within it so it contracts just like any other muscle in your body. During the third trimester of pregnancy you may notice your bump having brief episodes of tightness...

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What happens just before you go into Labour?

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What happens just before you go into Labour?

That last month of pregnancy can be uncomfortable for your body and tormenting for your mind as you wonder every day if this will be the day! So let’s look at changes that can happen as your body prepares to labour and your baby gets ready to be born: 1) Your bump drops lower as your baby moves even further down into your pelvis. 2) You may feel more backache – especially if your baby is in a back to back position. 3) You may feel an increase in the amount and the intensity of Braxton Hicks (This is where...

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