Do you know about the hormones of labour and how you can help them along for a smoother labour? Well, Doulas do! Childbirth Educators do. So let me share some insider tips. There are a multitude of hormones that play a key role in becoming pregnant, sustaining a pregnancy, birthing your baby and breast/chest feeding. But for labour purposes, let's focus on the heavy hitters, and what you can do keep the wanted ones flowing and keep the unwanted ones at bay until they are needed.
Oxytocin- sometimes called the love hormone, it plays a super key role in labour. Oxytocin is produced in the hypothalamus and released into the bloodstream by the posterior pituitary gland. Oxytocin is what makes your uterus contract during labour. This helps your uterus pull up the cervix to dilate and push your baby down towards the birth canal. So pretty crucial right? So, how can you influence the flow of oxytocin in labour?