How To Start Labor: What Works?

Lena Leino

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Overdue pregnancy can be physically and mentally challenging. If you have difficulties in sleeping, back pain, and difficulty in breathing, this easily results in daylong fatigue. Especially, if you have difficulties to move around, it’s difficult to play with your other kids and even doing everyday tasks for them.

No wonder that you are pondering how to start labor naturally.

Stimulation of specific acupressure points has been scientifically shown to start labor effectively (Complement Ther Med. 2005). Thus simple acupressure techniques, which you can do at home, remarkably reduce your risk of being medically induced in a hospital. Medical induction commonly results in several other medical interventions and up to 50% of medically induced labors end up being Cesarean sections.

Thus, if your doctor has estimated that the induction is necessary, you should start using acupressure immediately. Even if labor doesn’t start spontaneously, acupressure ripens your cervix and helps it to dilate and descends the baby. This significantly increases your chances of having a normal birthing experience with minimal medical intervention.

There are several acupressure points that are efficiently induce labor. You don’t have to use them all. The labor may be delayed for a range of different reasons and thus what is the most powerful combination of acupoints will vary from mother to mother.

Sometimes treating only one acupoint can kick-start your labor. Treat the acupoints that you feel work best for you every 2 hours during your waking hours. If a medical induction is imminent you may stimulate the points every half an hour, but be aware that the treated areas can become sore from such frequent stimulation. Leave your body to work by itself at night. Just remember that you should never practice acupressure treatment of these points before you are well overdue, or you are booked for medical induction in 2-3 days time. This is to prevent your baby to be born prematurely.

Acupressure is a good natural labor inducing remedy, when you are looking for an answer to question: How to start labor?

Are you overdue and tired? You can encourage your labor to start naturally at home and avoid medical induction. Labor acupressure is a simple method that has proven to be effective and safe for the mother and the baby. The most effective acupressure points that naturally induce labor, give labor pain relief and help in any stage you might get stuck in during you labor, are revealed in a new labor acupressure guide “Easier, Shorter and Safer Birth" by Lena Leino. Visit for more information.


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