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Using sex and nipple stimulation to induce labor

Using sex and nipple stimulation to induce labor

We know you have wondered…

We love talking about the things that everyone wonders about, but never really talks about.  Plus, we know that if you googled this info, you might come up with some pretty sketchy search results!!!

WE GOT YOU!!!

FIRST, what is induction?

Induction  is the stimulation of uterine contractions during pregnancy before labor begins on its own to achieve a vaginal birth.

SECOND, Any form of induction is dependent on how ripe your cervix is.  Including Pitocin, or stripping your membranes  or eating spicy foods, or drinking castor oil, or lots of exercising won’t work unless your cervix is softening, shortening, and dilating.

You can learn more about your cervix in  this video about the Bishops Score. 

SEX

There are 3 ways that sex is helpful for inducing labor. 

#1- Semen has a natural prostaglandin that can help soften the cervix as labor draws near. So don’t jump up and run to the toilet after the deed is done, hangout for a little bit letting those little swimmers that made the miracle happen, help you get the little miracle out!

#2- An orgasm is a uterine stimulant.  When you are using sex to induce labor, it works best if you can orgasm at least once and several times is even better. If you don't always orgasm when you have sex, a vibrator is always a great option 😊

#3- Having sex releases tons of oxytocin which is a hormone that plays a huge and important role in having your baby.  Washing your body in Oxytocin by having sex is really beneficial.

So get comfortable and thoroughly enjoy!

Sex as a form of induction is best done BEFORE you get to the hospital.  If you have stalled labor and want to get contractions going, try nipple stimulation.

 

NIPPLE STIMULATION

Nipple stimulation is super awesome to induce labor AND to help you if your labor stalls while in active labor. It is easily performed at the hospital too!

If you have ever had your mom or grandma ever say to you, “Just go in the bathroom and rub, pinch or twist your nipples!”

IGNORE THEM!!! That is NOT how nipple stimulation works!! I am sure they mean well, but they come from a generation that is VERY uncomfortable with talking about anything intimate, sex, body parts, and birth in general so they are perpetuating misinformation.  Another thing your mom might tell you about nipple stimulation is to use a breast pump.  This might sometimes work, but it doesn’t really activate the parts of our bodies that need to get going to birth a baby.  That feeling of pulling and twisting  might make us recoil and tense up instead of relax and allow- these are the feelings we want to feel while giving birth. 

Let’s walk through a really effective way to use nipple stimulation, but if you need more of a visual (don’t worry it isn’t sketchy) click on this link.

Using light touch massage, with the back of their finger tips, have your partner lightly massage your back neck and shoulders.

Ask your partner to lightly massage and gently tickle, With the back of their hands your back, neck, shoulders, after a few minutes, start to brush sides of the breast, a little delightful teasing.  then eventually brush up and over the nipple. Then they can spend a little time giving some attention to the nipples. All this while you are relaxing perhaps with your eyes closed, letting the sensations wash over you. You can put on relaxing music and practice some deep breathing exercises. 

Nipple stimulation with light touch massage this way,  activates your nerve ending and releases Oxytocin into your blood stream.  PLUS it is helping you relax.  When you relax in labor, you allow your muscles and cervix to open and your baby to come out!

Also,Oxytocin is the hormone that starts labor contractions! This is precisely what you want to happen, so using sex and nipple stimulation will do the job!

Aaaannnddd now, we just became best friends!

SIDE NOTE: Pitocin (chemical labor stimulator) is synthetic oxytocin, so you might as well get the real stuff with sex and nipple stimulation.

SIDE SIDE NOTE: You might be wondering how in the world you will be able to use nipple stimulation while in labor at the hospital with all the medical staff around…

Just tell your nurse that you would like privacy for 20-30 minutes.  They are happy to give that to you.  Take that time to do a little nipple stimulation, relax and maybe take a quick nap. Your nurse can monitor you from the nurses station, so take your time and enjoy! 

No mater what way you use to induce labor, to make it most effective, RELAXING will be the KEY.  If you come at anything will stress you are going to release hormones and chemicals in your body that restrict blood flow and inhibit your bodies inner knowing of how to birth a baby. 

Remember...what got you into this situation will get you out.

 




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