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How To Use Acupressure To Induce Labor

Updated on September 8, 2013

Maternity or Labor Acupressure

Maternity acupressure, also known as labor or pregnancy acupressure, is an ancient all natural holistic method that can make childbirth easier for both the mother and the baby. It gives pregnant women an option to induce labor in a safe and natural way and is a wonderful technique to lessen labor pains without having to resort to drugs.

Acupressure is an ancient healing art that has been effectively used by millions of people all around the world for more than 5000 years. It's based on the same ideas and principles as acupuncture, but uses finger pressure instead of needles. It involves the application of pressure onto specific, sensitive points along the body. No pills, drugs, stimulants or needles are involved - it's safe for both the mother and the baby.

Maternity acupressure is specifically intended to be used for improving childbirth experience. In Asian countries it has been used for thousands of years. Because of the amazing results, it's becoming more and more popular in the Western world as well. With basic instructions it can be safely used at home.

Labor acupressure has been proven to be effective in inducing labor naturally by helping in descending the baby, ripening and dilating the cervix, and making the contractions more frequent and successful. It is one of the most effective natural labor inducing remedies known today.

The Benefits Of Using Maternity Acupressure

Maternity acupressure can help you:

  • Induce labor naturally without all the usual drugs
  • Lessen labor pains and discomfort
  • Strengthen contractions
  • Help you dilate better
  • Keep you more calm and relaxed
  • Turn a posterior baby
  • Stop nausea and vomiting

Overall, using labor acupressure maximizes the probability of having a normal complications-free birth.

Want to learn how to use acupressure to induce labor? It's a simple technique that is very easy to master. All you need are some basic instructions.

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      MumOf4 

      6 years ago

      I used maternity accupressure to induce my labour in 2010. I used the inside of the ankles at the same time, i had NEVER tried or even known of this technique until then, whithin a minute i had a strong contraction then decided just to take a nap, that was at 6-30pm. I woke at 9-30pm to discover i was getting regular contractions, by 12-45 that same evening my little boy had arrived safely and quickly at just under 38wksweighing 5lb 5oz.

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      fifi1309 

      7 years ago

      Iam 37 + weeks pregnant and suffering bad with SPD (Symphasis Pubis Dysfunction). Nothing seems to be helping with the pain and everyday i am in agony. I also have a 2 yr old daughter and am struggling to look after her. I really want to know if acupressure is likely to help get things moving as i cannot cope anymore. I was told over a week ago that the baby was 7lbs 4 so i think the baby is doin well. I would appreciate some advice.

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      Dee 

      7 years ago

      I think it's silly that so many people are bashing on the ladies who want to go into labor as soon as possible *shockingly* before 40 weeks. Don't you all know that if the baby isn't ready to come, none of these "natural" induction techniques are going to put you into labor - including acupressure, sex, walking, nipple stimulation, whatever you can come up with, they will not work if the baby is not ready. So go ahead and try it at 36 weeks, it's not going to work. Or maybe, if by some miracle your baby IS ready that early, it might. But really, who cares if these ladies are just trying to get ready to have their baby, I say more power to them - go walking, have lots of sex, and maybe all that and these pressure points will help the baby be in a good position when it really is finally ready. So be realistic and lay off of them, they need a little hope in their last few miserable weeks of pregnancy.

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      Amber 

      7 years ago

      I think all these women who want to induce at 34-37 weeks are being so selfish and reckless w/their babies and their health.

      It's just so stupid what is wrong w/you?

      Also most likely it wont work anyway since baby isnt even close to being ready at 34-37weeks.

      Just stop and think about what you are trying to do, child endangerment. It's just gross and sad.

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      Natural Ways To Induce Labor 

      7 years ago

      This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing websites that understand the value of providing a quality resource.

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      8 years ago

      I'm almost 37 weeks and in so much pain under my ribs. I've been having weak contracations all day and would like to pick up the pace so I am going to try accupressure. Will report back if it works. You don't need to download the e-book, btw...you can find the info online for free. Just Google "Labor accupressure." Good luck!

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      juliette pryce@maternityacupressure 

      8 years ago

      I think any natural or holistic treatment is the way to go as opposed to using chemically produced pills and potions. I am an avid fan of acupressure and used it all through my second pregnancy to help combat nausea and backache. It worked great on painful contractions as well. It doesn't work for everyone but I count myself lucky that I am able to use it for all sorts of conditions.

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      mommyofsophia 

      8 years ago

      im one baby number two and im thirty six weeeks im going to try to see if this works for me.... im ready for this baby

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      Vanna 

      9 years ago

      Let me know if it does work because I am 38 weeks and 2 days and would love to try it too :D

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      Brianna 

      9 years ago

      I am qoinq to try this ! I hope it works...Im 38 wks and 2 days and READY to have my little qirl ! I'll let everyone know if it works ! Thanks for the info ! :)

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      Sam 

      9 years ago

      Hi!

      In the UK women are suggested to use maternity TENS machines to help them ease the labour pain. TENS is a drug free method of achieving pain relief that works by inducing the release of body's own pain relieving chemicals - the endorphins & the encephalins.

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      Margaret 

      9 years ago

      Ladies

      Never do anything to your body to induce labor before 38 wks !!!!!!!!!!! Your BABIES are still needing all the time to develop thier LUNGS!!!!!!! I am an OB nurse and I would never recommend doing anything that could harm yor babies outcome!!! I was reading this BLOG for my daughter to find ways to help hear induce her labor more naturally, and saw the lady above who is only 34wks and wants to induce her labor--oh my gooodness the issues that little one could have!!!

      SO NEVER DO ANYTHING TO YOUR BODY TO INDUCE LABOR BEFORE 38 WKS!!!

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      howtoinducelabor 

      10 years ago

      It's not a good idea to try and induce labor naturally until you are 40 weeks pregnant according to the experts.

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      carla 

      10 years ago

      i am almost threw my 38th week and i want to know if its safe for me to start acupressure now i have had alot of contractions that are painfull but not consistant and an extreme amount of pain in my back for the last week i have been to the hospital and had an ultra sound that showed the baby was very good and in possition what do you reccomend i have also been having alot of cramping in my back lower stomach and legs

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      Gregorious 

      10 years ago

      You can download the book to your computer within minutes. It's digital - Adobe PDF format.

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      em-em 

      10 years ago

      i am on my 34th week now and would want to try the acupressure to induce labor. i am in the philippines and i want to ask how long it will take for the book to reach me? hoping for an answer as soon as possible. thank you.

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      howtoinducelabor 

      10 years ago

      I used that book you recommend-- it worked great, my labor started in 24 hours.

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      waystoinducelabor 

      10 years ago

      It's good to see a page devoted to this subject. I used labor acupressure with my last pregnancy and it worked for me. I am now a big fan of this technique and it surprises me that it is not more widely known.

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