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How to Get an Overdue Baby Out!
Ready to give birth? A baby is considered term, or ready to deliver, anytime after 38 weeks of gestation. OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains that doctors cannot induce labor in a woman until her 39th or 40th week of pregnancy.
“Trust me, by 38 weeks, women are ready!” Dr. Lisa says. “This is something you want to and have to get out.”
Safe Methods to Help Speed Up Labor and Delivery:
• Acupuncture or acupressure
• Sexual intercourse -- prostaglandins, a lipid compound found in semen -- can help initiate labor
• Rocking on an exercise ball
• Nipple stimulation -- can stimulate contractions, but a word of caution: sometimes the contractions can come on too strong
“There are herbs that can illicit contractions, but you have to be very careful and you have to consult your obstetrician,” Dr. Lisa cautions. “A lot of those herbs can have adverse reactions, such as increasing bleeding or clotting, which can be dangerous during labor.”
• Eating castor oil can cause bowel distress
• Eating Spicy foods or exotic fruits can cause indigestion
• Swabbing evening primrose oil on the cervix may cause negative reactions, such as increased bleeding or clotting
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Constipation is a common gastrointestinal problem that causes people to have infrequent bowel movements, pass hard stools or strain during bowel movements. Most cases of constipation are temporary, and can be alleviated by simple lifestyle changes. If the condition persists, it can be treated with over-the-counter laxatives. However, doctors caution that frequent use of laxatives can make the colon dependent upon them for bowel evacuation.
E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork and pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears demonstrate how constipation affects the colon.
Symptoms of Constipation:
• Pass fewer than three stools a week
• Hard stools
• Straining excessively during bowel movements
• Having a feeling of an incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement
How to Prevent Constipation:
• Drink plenty of water
• Eat a diet high in fiber
• Limit low-fiber foods, especially ones high in fat and sugar
• Exercise regularly
• When you feel the need to defecate, do not delay. The longer a person waits, the more water is absorbed from the stool and the harder it becomes.
• Fruits and vegetables
• Wheat bran
• Whole-grain breads, cereals and pastas
• Psyllium seed husk
• Methylcellulose – a medicine available over-the-counter