5 Natural Ways To Stop Early Contractions
While some braxton hicks are normal during the end of the second trimester they should never become more frequent, as this may lead to early labor. When experiencing long or very painful contractions it is important to head to the hospital straight away to make sure that the cervix is still closed. If the doctors are not concerned by the contractions, I recommend the following natural methods in order to help the body relax and stop contractions. In this post I will share my personal experience and what has helped me.
1. Eliminating common triggers for early contractions such as stress and dehydration is incredibly important. I tried to avoid stressful situations and when I realised that my contraction were starting I went to lie down and put my feet up. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of contractions, so I made sure to drink 2-3 litres of water a day, although this meant getting up several times at night. I also made sure to eat a very balanced diet and to listen to my body at all times.
2. Progesterone is a pregnancy hormones which is also known to relax muscles. It is important to use bio-identical progesterone in pregnancy, as other progesterone may harm the baby. I used around 100-150mg of the natural progesterone cream by now foods, other women have a better effect with progesterone pills or injections. A natural supplement that increases progesterone production is vitex agnus castus. I order my progesterone cream on iHerb and it is also available on amazon. For everyone living in Germany progesterone cream is available without a prescription at Greiff Apotheke
3. Valerian tea is not only used to anxiety, insomnia and depression but may also help women to relax and stop contractions. The tea should never be used for more than 6 weeks at a time while pregnant, and should also not be combined with anti depressant medication. I always prefer to buy organic tea, caffein free valerian tea is available on Iherb.
4. Magnesium relaxes muscles and is recommended for all pregnant women, with or without early contractions. I took 400-600mg of magnesium orally and also took regular baths in magnesium chloride. I use around 500-1000 grams of magnesium chloride for a full bath tub and stay in it for a minimum of 40 minutes. I like to keep the temperature around 38 degrees and add warm water whenever I feel the water getting cold. It is important not to take hot baths while pregnant as it may cause premature labour or other issues with the unborn child. Raising the body temperature could lead to blood pressure which may reduce the amount of oxygen and nutrients the baby is going to get. I buy magnesium sulphate flakes here.
5. Cramp bark is usually used to relieve menstrual pains by reducing uterine contractions so it also helps to reduce contractions during pregnancy. The herb is usually available as a tincture and a few drops can be added to a glass of water.
In order to calm my muscles and to reduce stretch marks at the same time I applied an essential oil mix of lavender, linaloe, rosewood, almond and evening primrose oil to my belly. When contractions occur it’s important not to massage the belly, but instead to just put a few drops of oil onto the belly and putting a towel soaked in warm water on top. I kept the towel on my belly for around 20 minutes until it cooled down.
There are also certain foods that should be avoided. Eating dates releases oxytocin which can stimulate labor. The following herbal teas should also be avoided by women who are experiencing early contractions until week 36: basil, ginger, cinnamon, japanese mint, oregano, clove, black cohosh, chamomile, comfrey, lemongrass, licorice root, mugwort, rosemary and sage.