Using acupressure points to induce labor can be very effective. acupressure is a safe and effective holistic modality that helps start labor naturally without side effects.
Acupressure can also be used during pregnancy to relieve morning sickness, back pain and other pregnancy discomforts. Once you learn how to properly apply acupressure, you can use it during labor to move things along and to ease the pain of contractions.
The following are the most important acupressure points to induce labor that you can easily apply on yourself or with the help of your partner or acupressure practitioner.
The first pressure point is located on your hand in between your thumb and forefinger.
Massage this area to stimulate contractions.
This point is called hoku spot or large intestine 6 that stimulates the large intestine, the intestinal portion surrounding the uterus.
This point is also useful during labor in order to help the baby move down through the birth canal. It is commonly used to help a woman in labor when she gets tired and if she cannot push effectively.
Other interesting uses of this acupressure point are relieve of migraine headaches and bring on menses if you are not pregnant.
This spot should never be used during pregnancy.
Watch the following acupressure video as it shows the location of the hand acupressure points to induce labor.
Acupressure Point To Induce Labor: Hand
Acupressure Points To Induce Labor: Lower Extremities
The second pressure point is located on your calf.
To find it, put four fingers above your inner ankle bone, the area will be tender and sore when pressed upon.
Applying acupressure on this spot helps strengthen weak labor contractions and it is especially important in stimulating the cervix to ripen.
This point is called Spleen 6 and it can be used during labor if the cervix is not dilating adequately.
This pressure point helps the baby descend. It is located between the tendon of Achilles and your ankle bone and it is referred to as bladder 60.
Acupressure Points To Induce Labor: Foot/Leg
Watch this acupressure video that shows the acupressure point for inducing labor located on your foot and leg.
Acupressure Points To Induce Labor: Back and Shoulders
This pressure point to induce labor is called bladder 32 and it is located on your lower back.
One finger width above the buttocks crease on either side of the spine. The woman should lean forward for best results in finding this acupressure point.
When you put your finger on this point, you are touching the sacral foramen and you will feel a little depression This spot should be massaged for 60 seconds.
This point is called gb21 and it is located on either shoulders.
Locate the bone on the back of your neck.
This point stimulates uterine contractions and helps be baby come down into the birth canal.
It also helps relax your shoulders and stimulates milk let down during breastfeeding.
This acupressure point is stimulated by applying pressure with the thumb and knuckle.
Pressure Points to Induce Labor: Back and Shoulders
Watch the following acupressure video as it shows how to massage and stimulate the acupressure points for inducing labor located on the lower back and shoulders.
How Acupressure Labor Induction is Performed
1. Locate the acupressure point.
2. Rub and apply pressure on the spot for 60 seconds.
3. Apply circular motion if possible for 60 seconds.
4. Take a 60 second break.
5. Continue for 20 -30 minutes.
6. If you feel a contraction while applying acupressure labor, continue until the contraction has subsided.
Avoid Medical Induction Complications
Medically induced labor may lean to complications like the use of forceps or C-section.
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Acupressure triggers your labor by stimulating contractions, helping your cervix dilate and get your baby to descend. Scientific evidence proves that natural labor induction with acupressure is effective.
Stimulation of specific acupressure points induces labor in upto 83% of women within 48 hours, sometimes in 25 minutes.