How foods help in labor pain?
Pregnancy is a beautiful phase of life that every woman cherishes. While the phase comes with a bundle of joy, it also brings in a lot of pain, which one can never imagine. Thanks to medical science, now delivery is a cakewalk, but experts feel that natural delivery is healthier for the mother and the baby too. And that’s the reason some women choose to speed things up naturally with food choices. Dr. Vanshika Gupta Adukia, Pregnancy/Childbirth & Lactation Specialist, a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist, and the Founder of Therhappy share a list of foods that can help induce labor naturally. (Image: istock)
02/5Red Raspberry Leaf
Red raspberry leaf is known to help strengthen the uterus muscles and tone the pelvic floor- both of which can help prepare for the process of birth. Studies have revealed that red raspberry leaves can help shorten labour and decrease the likelihood of a C-section or chances of an assisted birth using forceps/vacuum. These leaves are commonly consumed in the form of tea by brewing the leaves in boiling water and then consuming the same. Since raspberry leaves can increase the frequency of Braxton hick’s contractions, it is recommended to consume these past 34 weeks. (Image: istock)
The orange and ripe papaya although thought to be prohibited in pregnancy can actually be consumed occasionally in moderation and is no longer considered harmful for pregnant women. However, it is the green unripe and raw papaya that contains latex, which is believed to have properties similar to that of the hormone oxytocin (released during labour for uterine contractions) For this reason, unripe papaya is often a food choice amongst pregnant women who are naturally trying to induce labour during their last couple of days of gestation. (Image: istock)