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June 16, 2008

Inducing Labor With Acupressure

A friend's wife is having a baby. It's June, it's hot, and she's tired of being an oven. So they asked if I could help them find pressure points to help her induce labor. Following is my reply:

Two to three days prior to the due date, BL 32 (just medial to the PSIS) and this buttock point can be used along with some sacral massage, utilizing strong downwards strokes to and around the buttocks. The aim of this is to help free up the pelvic energy to encourage an optimal labour.

There are several points on your body that will cause uterine contractions. They are always warned against during pregnancy, though they are widely believed to be another labor inducing method that will not work if you are not already ready to deliver.

Here are some of the best points of acupressure to induce labor and to get your baby ready to go.

From Mommy Guide.com:
Adjoining Valley (LI4)
This point affects the large intestine, which surrounds a portion of your uterus. It is one of the best points for labor inducement. Located in the webbing between your thumb and your forefinger, you will absolutely know when you’ve found the spot – it will be tender. Rub in a circular motion (I pinch with thumb and forefinger) for 30-60 seconds at a time, taking 1-2 minute breaks in between. This is also a great point to use when you’re in the delivery room to ease the discomfort of labor.

Shoulder Well (GB21)
This point is where your shoulder muscle is highest, approximately four finger-widths from your shoulder joint toward your neck. The point should be the most tender of all of the points along the shoulder. You can also teach this point to your partner and ask him to use it on you while you’re in the delivery room to reduce your labor pains.

Big and High (BL60)
This point helps the baby to descend toward the pelvis. It is located between the ankle bone and the Achilles’ tendon on the back of your foot just above the heel.

Three Yin Crossing (SP6)
This point helps to ripen the cervix and strengthen weak contractions. It is located four finger-widths above the ankle next to the bone on the inside of the leg. If you find a spot that is more tender than the surrounding areas, you have found the correct point. Rub in a circular motion for 30-60 seconds at a time, taking 1-2 minute breaks in between.

You can also try applying pressure to the roof of your mouth with your tongue. This is a little known acupressure point that you can easy stimulate while you’re doing any of your day-to-day tasks.

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Posted by linda at June 16, 2008 7:20 AM

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