(Closed) accupuncture to induce labor?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have heard of people doing it, although I can’t say that I know that it definitely worked for them. I listen to the Pregtastic podcast on iTunes, and there is a whole episode they did on it – Epsiode 17, if you care to look it up! Good luck!

Post # 4
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@stephanie63087:  First, RELAX!! Stress can totally stop labor from starting! Don’t worry about pre-labor progression or dates or anything! Breathe and TRUST YOUR BODY. Maybe try some meditation visualizing baby moving down, it’s lungs finishing their last bit of development, and baby signaling your body to start labor. Enjoy your hubby in your last few days as a duo couple and just soak it all in… See, doesn’t that feel better?. tehe!

Now for acupuncture. I do know moms that have had it done, usually combined with a chiropractic adjustment, and it induce labor, BUT most will tell you that unless baby is ready it doesn’t matter what you do… including medication induction.

I’m still not sure why your doctor is so adamant to not let you wait. That would be so bothersome to me since all the evidence I’ve found has all shown at much greater increase in failure of inductions before 41.5 weeks. I would just not show! lol (note I am a terrible patient). Have you considering taking your doctor research that backs up you wanting to wait? You’d be surprised how many providers just aren’t up to do with evidence based findings! (It’s kind of sad).

I think I’ve got a list of some other things you could try too… My #1 advice though is to not do anything that is going to be wearing on you physically! You need your strength & energy for labor so doing something like walking 5 miles 3 times a day, or something extreme for your current exercise status, is only going to make labor harder. Don’t do that… rest as much as you can is so so so important for a successful natural birth. Also, don’t do castor oil…. I have a friend that ended up pretty dehydrated b/c of it and while it did induce labor, it also caused problems during her birth. She got her unmedicated homebirth but she totally regrets having taken it.

Lemme track down that list now……. Ah… only took a few minutes, here it is.

Post # 6
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

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@stephanie63087:  I TOTALLY understand your stress! Legally my MW could only keep me in her care until 42 weeks and since I was a vbac that meant I would be an automatic repeat cesarean b/c the hospitals here have a vbac ban. I did great not stressing until I hit 41 weeks and then suddenly it’s like the hours were closing in on me. When you’re stuck in the litigation of time & medical intervention it can be very stressful. =/

I say try a couple sessions of acupuncture! Maybe a massage too, or pedi where the tech can really get deep around your ankles. Sitting on your birth ball doing some visualization? and have you talke to your baby? I know it can sound weird but I talked to P while in labor alot… I told her how great she was doing and that we were a team! You and your baby ARE a team so maybe letting him/her (I can’t remember what you’re having) know what’s going on and how much you want to work together for their best entrance into this world and that means they gotta come soon! lol

I know it’s hard, but just try not to think about it. Wish I had some other advice. =/

IF you do come to your induction date… if you don’t show, they’ll just reschedule you.. no biggie. lol


Post # 8
1297 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My SIL did it to try and bring on labour and she swears it is what helped her. She ended up being induced and had a 2 1/2 hr labour with no tearing. Don’t know if that was the accupuncture or she was just very lucky ๐Ÿ˜‰

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