Pregnancy is the most beautiful phase of a woman’s life. But after a long 40-week journey of carrying your baby in belly, you would want to see and hold the million dollar possession in your arms. The struggle becomes harder and harder as time passes. You would get anxious after a point of time. You may also get uncomfortable and impatient to get your delivery done as soon as possible. Often, when the wait is prolonged, people tend to opt for medical interventions to induce labour.
At that point of time, anything seems worth trying and one prefers to choose ways that can speed up the time between now and delivery. But there might be an increased risk of infections as it can break the amniotic sac if you don’t deliver within 1 or 2 days of Induction. It’s always better to go for natural ways to induce labour by eating the right foods and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Foods play an important role. It not only nourishes your body but it gives all the nutrients essential for your body’s growth and development. The food you eat also determines the health of your baby and it can even help to accelerate the labour. Here are some foods that act as natural inducers. But it’s always recommended to consult your gynaecologists for proper guidance.
Foods to stimulate labour
Pineapples are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. A mother’s womb is like a house and cervix is like a thick door that covers it. Pineapple contains an enzyme called Bromelain that softens the walls of the cervix that causes the uterus to contract which triggers labour. You can either cut pineapples into slices or can have a fresh glass of pineapple smoothie or juice.
2)Spicy Food -
Are you the one who crave for spicy foods? If yes, then there's good news for all the pregnant women out there. Spicy foods speed up the digestion process as it irritates the intestines which are located just above the uterus causing it to contract. Spicy foods secrete a specific hormone called prostaglandin that brings down the muscles and stimulates labour.
Garlics are an excellent source to cure indigestion. It also acts as one of the best catalysts for labour. It is always recommended to eat 2 pieces of garlic every day on an empty stomach for better digestion. It speeds up the intestinal bowel movements that help in clearing the rectum. Moreover, the increased motion leads to uterus contractions that induce labour.
4)Red raspberry leaf tea-
Raspberry leaves have herbal properties which help to ease the walls of the uterus that leads to contraction. When the muscles contract, the baby in the uterus tend to move down slowly causing labour. It is recommended to consume red raspberry leaf tea only after the 32 weeks. Before including it in your diet, it is advisable to consult your doctor first. Excessive consumption of raspberry tea can also lead to dehydration and diarrhoea.
5)Foods rich in Fibre-
Constipation is one of the major problems that cause late labour. When you have a fuller rectum there won’t be any space for the baby to crawl down. One of the best ways to get rid of constipation is by eating foods that are rich in fibre content. Foods like prunes, dry fruits and plenty of fruits and vegetables like bananas, oranges, apples and mangoes during the last weeks of pregnancy will bring labour soon.
Although, labour is a natural process and it should happen naturally. But these foods can help to initiate the process a bit early. The best way to a safe labour is to have a good nutritious diet at proper intervals. It’s also important to smile and stress less so that it becomes easy for your baby to slide through without any barriers.