MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are set to become parents any day now – and as all mums will know, the final weeks of pregnancy can be the most uncomfortable.
While most women go into labour naturally by the time they’re 42 weeks pregnant, 1 in 5 labours in the UK are induced (aka started artificially).
Meghan and Harry are set to become parents any day now[/caption]
If Meghan is overdue, she could have taken to a number of home remedies to try and bring on labour naturally.
The NHS state that there are no proven ways of starting labour yourself, however there are a number of old wives’ tales mums swear by.
It’s important to always get advice from your doctor or midwife before trying to naturally induce labour.
Have you tried any of these?
Meghan and Harry want to keep the birth private until they’ve had the chance to celebrate as a family[/caption]
It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book and many parents are convinced that sex brings on labour.
It’s thought that orgasm can help stimulate your womb while the hormone released during sex (oxytocin) is said to help contractions.
There’s no evidence that it works, however, and the NHS remind parents that sex should be avoided if the mum’s waters have already broken (this is because there’s an increased risk of infection).
Eating a spicy curry
Many women swear by a spicy curry[/caption]
Meghan is a self-confessed foodie so this one shouldn’t be too tricky to tick off.
Almost one in five women thinking scoffing down a spicy dish can bring on labour.
It’s said to work by stimulating your gut, which in turn stimulates your womb.
While many women swear by it, others claim it’s simply coincidence.
Go for a long walk
Mums also believe a long walk can help[/caption]
With Meghan and Harry wanting to keep the birth of their first child private, the mum-to-be might struggle to go for a long walk, but gentle exercise is said to have the same effect.
And while walking is often encouraged, it’s important new mums don’t wear themselves out.
Baby Centre explain that walking can help your baby move into a better position for birth.
As you walk, it’s believed the pressure of the baby’s head stimulates the release of oxytocin which can trigger contractions.
Eating dates and pineapple
A 2011 study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found that women eating six dates a day during the final four weeks of pregnancy had a shorter labour.
Katharine Graves, a hypnobirthing teacher explained: “The protein released from eating them mimics the natural protein released by the baby, and there is evidence that eating them from week 36 can help women go into labour slightly sooner and slightly more dilated.”
Some women also say pineapple helps. The fruit contains bromelain – an enzyme believed to soften the cervix and bring on labour.
Having a pedicure
Some mums report that popping to the salon can bring on birth.
Whether it’s a result of pressure points on the feet or just feeling completely relaxed, nobody knows for sure – and while it’s certainly not a proven technique, it sounds like a pretty good excuse for a pampering sesh.
Blowing up balloons
It sounds bizarre, but some mums say it can induce labour[/caption]
It sounds odd, but some women swear by blowing up balloons.
Apparently, it can place pressure on the mum’s abdomen which can help stimulate labour.
And with Princess Charlotte’s birthday coming up, it could be an easy one for Meg.
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