When you are near or at your due date (or overdue) and your doctor or midwife says it is okay to try self-induction techniques, give me a call. Women who are of advance maternal age (over 35) are often encouraged to be induced by their physician. This is a safe alternative to talk to your doctor or midwife about. This can be planned just as easily as being induced. And if for some reason it doesn't work, then you can always go to their plan.
All the points we have been avoiding during your prenatal massages are now ok to massage. At 38 weeks (as long as you are not considered a high-risk pregnancy), massage is a safe alternative to medical induction. In fact, studies have shown that natural induction is much safer for both mother & baby.
There are a couple of spots that have been shown to be effective in inducing labor. I use a combination of massage aromatherapy & acupressure techniques to stimulate the uterus to begin spontaneous contractions. This massage (in addition to other at-home techniques which I will suggest for you to use simultaneously) has been very effective in beginning labor.
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