Getting Your Body Into Labor

As people are nearing their due date, or have even gone past it, we often get the question “is there anything I can do to get things going!?” The short answer is yes, and no. The process of starting labor is still relatively not well understood, and is thought of as a multifactorial process with feedback between your body and your baby. There are many factors that go into when labor may start – some things we can control and many we cannot. These factors include the position of your baby, the shape of your pelvis, how “ripe” your cervix is, coordination of uterine contractions, and even your emotional state, just to name a few. So of these factors, what can we control, and how?

 

o   Ways to promote optimal position of baby

o   Ways to promote cervical ripening

o   Ways to promote coordinated contractions

o   Ways to cope with anxiety, fear, or anticipation

 

With all of these suggestions, they will only work if your body is ready to go into labor. These pieces basically help “push you over the edge” if your body is ready. So ultimately, while we can do whatever we can to help promote labor, at the end of the day there is a lot we have to let go from our control. Every baby has their own journey, and no two people labor the same way. We are all just along for this wild ride, and know that your True Harmony family will be with you every step of the way!

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