It’s important to let your body naturally progress through the stages of labor, as inducing labor or trying to speed up the process can increase the risk of complications for you and your baby.
That being said, there are some things that may help promote cervical dilation and prepare your body for labor.
Sexual intercourse: The hormone prostaglandin found in semen may help soften the cervix, which can lead to dilation.
Exercise: Exercise such as walking, prenatal yoga, or pelvic tilts may help promote blood flow and encourage the baby to move down, which can help the cervix to dilate.
Acupressure: Acupressure may help stimulate cervical dilation by applying pressure to specific points on the body.
Nipple stimulation: Stimulation of the nipples may release the hormone oxytocin, which can help stimulate contractions and promote cervical dilation.
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