You'll probably have been told about the magic of birthing balls by your midwife. They aren't too expensive, improve your posture and balance and can actually help with the slow process that is inducing your labour. Not only is a birthing ball more comfortable than sitting on a hard, rigid surface, when your tummy is the size of a house, using it is also gentle excersise that can help shift your baby's position, preparing him for labour.
Birthing ball positions to try:
- If your baby is in a posterior (back-to-back) position, adopting upright, forward-leaning positions can encourage him to switch around.
- Try getting on to your knees and leaning forward over your ball. This may encourage your baby's back to swing forward so he's in an anterior position, with his back towards your bump.He may not stay that way until you go into labour, but it should give you some temporary relief from backache.
As well as being a great remedy for morning sickness
and helping to stop bleeding/spotting in the early months of pregnancy, acupressure massages can also induce labour. Before you think about booking one in though, just make sure that your acupressurist has experience working with pregnant women. The whole experience is incredibly relaxing, but more importantly, massaging acupressure points in the ankles and in the webbing between your thumb and forefinger can cause muscle contractions, including in the uterus.