How to Naturally Induce Labor: Do These Things

Updated on March 9, 2018

You are pregnant and you're past your due date. You don't want to have your doctor medically induce labor because you're not quite convinced that's good for the baby. Enough time might not even have passed since your expected delivery date for a doctor to consider inducing labor. But you're unhappy to admit that you'd kind of like to get that baby out of you. Yes, you know that's not really a motherly thing to say. But it's true. The baby has been growing inside of you for nine months now and you're ready to introduce it to the world.

So how do you convince the baby that it's time to come greet the world? The first thing that you need to do is to relax. Babies have been being born for much longer than medical doctors have been predicting due dates. Your baby will probably emerge from your body when he/she is ready. That's going to be a lot sooner if you're relaxed and ready yourself instead of impatient and anxious. Unless your doctor has given you any reason to assume otherwise, assume that your baby is healthy and fine despite being behind schedule. Meditate, indulge yourself with kindness and surround yourself with people who love you. Being relaxed and as stress-free as possible is going to make the labor happen more quickly and go more smoothly.

Once you've gotten yourself in the right, relaxed state of mind, there are a few other things that you can do to induce labor naturally. The most effective (and commonly suggested) way of doing this is by doing something that you wanted to do nine months ago but probably don't really want to do right now: have sex. If you're still with the baby's father or some other male sexual partner, you want to gently get his semen inside of you. That's because it contains a hormone that can be labor-inducing. This is most effective if you have sex on your back (with him in the kneeling or standing position and not on your belly) and remain on your back after the sex is over. Have your partner stimulate you to orgasm to further encourage the onset of labor. Your hormones and your partner's together have a good chance of inducing labor naturally.

Not in the mood for sex? That's okay, there are other methods of inducing labor naturally that don't require you to get naked and get hormones into you. Simple changes to your diet and very mild exercise are other methods that women commonly use to induce labor naturally. Get off your back and walk around. Ride a stationary bike or enjoy some mild water aerobics. Don't go all out. Make sure to stay in touch with your body so that you're aware of what's going on at all times. After exercise, make sure that you get plenty of water. Then further encourage inducing labor by eating some tropical fruit (such as pineapple) which some women have reported to have the effect of inducing labor naturally.

Sex, food and eating right. They're the basic components of a healthy life (as is rest) and they're the factors most likely to convince your baby that life is something to get out here and enjoy. Follow the links below for additional information about these tips as well as for additional tips on inducing labor naturally. And, of course, make sure that you've spoken with your doctor about any attempts that you're planning to make to induce labor on your own.

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      jacinta 3 years ago

      am 35wks 5days not so in a hurry to induce labour, but will start taking raspberry leaf tea to strenghten and tone my uterus abd pelvic flour. for a better contraction wen labour start.

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      Shanii 3 years ago

      Am 28 weeks and 4 days and I wish I have a premature healthy baby.. I want my baby out..,

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      Gotogirl 5 years ago

      I'm due on 23rd n 4cm would love to hurry up n have ima eat chilly

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      momom 5 years ago

      i have bounced on the ball ,caster oil,walkin, and worse yelling at her

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      charisa 5 years ago

      i'm 37w and 5days 4cm dilated and 80% soft i have been so active, walking around, jumping up and down, eating pineapple, going to try the rasberry tea i am sore and can barely move and i have a 3 yr old, i am ready to have this baby!

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      minah 5 years ago

      I am 38 weeks pregnant and is 2n a half centers what can I do

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      elaina 5 years ago

      I'm 35 weeks pregnant &* have been having the worst back pains in my life, I talked to my doctor &* she wants to do a c-section at 39 weeks I'm a little afraid but I guess its better then this pain

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      Shay'Jaidensmommy 6 years ago

      I'm 38weeks n 4days I am so miserable, my doc said he wont let me go past 40weeks, I've been 1 1/2cm n 30% effaced for over 3 weeks my baby weighed 6lbs 2weeks ago my due date is April 27 if this Lil boy don't come out he is gonna b 9lbs n I'm all belly n baby, walking isn't working, sex isn't working, spicy food isn't I JUS WANT HI

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      baby brooke 6 years ago

      im 16 and have no male other in my life so sex is out of the question anything to help get my daughter out is highly appreciated so more ideas please!!!!!!!!

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      Eaga 6 years ago

      Currently 38 wks & jus sobyired ready for my son to come

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      brit 6 years ago

      I drank castro oil and a couple hours later i was in early labor but they wont keep me at the hospital unless i was dilated to 4 so the sent me home with a sleeping pill and pain pill it stopped my contractions im really mad i want tbis baby out i guess i try other things!

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      court 6 years ago

      I'm 17 and 34 + 2days prego, I have stared rasberry leaf tea I'm very very feed up I'm the size of a house:zz and have pelvic imperampathyim very sore and find it hard 2 walk at 32 weeks my little girl was 4p 110z I hope with some of these methods I won't go over my due date:(

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      linda 6 years ago

      Evening primrose capsules and a prenatal massage did it for my last pregnancy I'm hoping it will work for this one as well.

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      Sab 6 years ago

      I get a contraction every couple of hours. I'm only a day over due but it don't feel like I'm in labour. I was thinking of trying Castol oil. All the contractions are short and inconsistent. I don't want to be pragnant for another 3 -4 days this is going very slowly

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      Amanda 6 years ago

      I'm due in 4 days and I'm so ready. Me and my sister in law went on an HR and a half walk tried a Acupressure and MT husband and I are making as much love as possible in hopes of labor to start! I've had mild cramps probably just more braxton Hicks though cause nothing has been regular : /

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      tara 6 years ago

      ive tried sex didn't work,trampaline didnt work,went for a long bath and a long walk didnt work,had a sweep yesterday im 6 days overdue,just want this baby out please help?

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      Wanda 6 years ago

      I'm 38weeks I've tried castor oil and walking I just tried the whole sex thing"giggle" and started contracting wish me luck cause the castor oil was two days ago and notta I took maybe a tsp maybe it wasn't enough but hey I stuggled to keep it down lol

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      ggenda 7 years ago from USA

      Very helpful! Walking was what jump started my first labor. I had been having contractions that were 6-8 min apart for a day and a half. :( We were at our wit's end, so my husband took me for a long, vigorous walk. After 2 hours, we were driving to the hospital with contractions that were every 2-3 minutes! Shortly after, I was holding my daughter. :)

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      milenaamr 7 years ago

      Thanks for the article it is very nice and informative. I was lucky my baby come on time, even a week earlier. I had to use a pain relief but I do remember the last few weeks were the most difficult and I feel for the moms that have to put up with a little stubborn babies.

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      Thompson Girl 7 years ago

      I have tried sex for almost a week straight, my husband is welling and ready but I can tell he is getting tired hahaha, so sex dont work all the time, at least not for me.

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      Louise 7 years ago

      I am 39 weeks pregnant with my first baby and i am getting fed up now, i would like this baby to come out as soon as possible as much as they will be ready when they want to be..ive tried mainly everything but nothing, anyone else got any more ideas?

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      jayvian's_mommy 8 years ago from Georgia

      I am very tired of being pregnant also! I have tried everything except for tropical fruits, black or blue cohosh, and raspberry leaf tea! The baby will come on its on! Im 38 wks and 1 and a half cm dilated! I cant wait for this 2 be over im due on thanksgiving day!

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      blonde kandi 8 years ago

      try sex!!! it can naturally help start contractions and possibly break your water. most doctors, if you ask, will suggest to have sex! mine did!!

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      Rachel 8 years ago

      I agree at some point the baby is coming out but gosh darn it i wish it was now.. I'm over due by 2 days and was ready 1mo. ago. this is one big baby and I'm tired of carrying the weight around. I've gone from 135 up to 175. with no weight anywhere but my belly. I'm just plain tired of this weight and my daughter running around the house. (6yrs old) thanks for the suggestions.

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      RainbowRecognizer 10 years ago from Midwest

      Nice - thankfully I know of no woman who didn't have her baby eventually! ;o)

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      sunstreeks 10 years ago from Western Washington

      Great articl!

      I think the tropical fruit was one of the only few things I didn't try. My daughter was 10 days later anyways and nothing I did gave her the hint her lease was up. Even with induction at the hospital last 14 hours she ended having to come out by c-section. :)

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      My sister -in- law took Val foe long walk and fed her some Castor oil, it worked very well. She was two weeks overdue.