Acupressure to Induce Labour


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Using acupressure to induce labour is one of the most effective, and most pleasant, methods of natural labour induction. It is similar to using reflexology to induce labour or visiting a chiropractor for an adjustment.

 

To use acupressure as a method to induce labour, there are two pressure points that can be stimulated to produce contractions. They are located:


  • In the webbing of the thumb and index finger.
  • Four finger-widths above the inside of your ankle bone.

 

To stimulate the first pressure point, pinch the webbing of your hand and rub in a circular motion for 30-60 seconds at a time, taking a 1-2 minute break in between contractions. For the latter point, press firmly on the spot. It should feel sore if you've found the right spot. Press and rub in a circular motion until you have a contraction. When the contraction ends, begin again.

 

Using acupressure to induce labour will not be successful unless the body is already close to labour. Exert caution when using this or any other natural labour induction technique only after 41 weeks of pregnancy.