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Herbs to Help in Labor

Herbal remedies have been around for thousands of years, and while some of them have fallen by the wayside because of ineffectiveness some have stayed. Herbs can enhance your life in many different ways, and their effect on the body is, for the most part, undeniable. During pregnancy, there are many possible uses for herbs, not the least of which is to try to help labor along once you get to or past your due date.

Some women find that there are herbs that will help with labor pain. There is no question that labor is painful. And, in many cases, the medical options for treating that labor pain really have side effects that the mother would like to avoid. One of the biggest reasons for wanting to avoid pain medications to help with labor pain is that they can, in some ways, detract from the woman’s experience of childbirth, and make her less lucid in her baby’s first minutes and hours of life.

Some specific herbs that can help with pain during labor are those that include things such as blue cohosh, black cohosh, kuki nut, and lavender. These may take the form of ointments or creams containing those ingredients, in many cases. They may also contain other helpful ingredients, such as Vitamin E or vanilla oil.

There are even herbs that you can use during labor that will help speed the process of labor along. Blue and black cohosh, for example, are thought to help to make contractions more regular and stronger. There are other herbs, such as goldenseal and squaw vine, that are thought to accomplish the same thing.

As always, talk with your doctor before you use any herbs during labor, or at any other time during your pregnancy. While the fact of the matter is that most of them don’t pose any risk to you or to your baby, there are some herbs that are considered to be quite unsafe during pregnancy and that should be avoided for that reason.

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