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40 Natural Ways To Induce Labor

Updated on April 20, 2015
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Susannah Birch is a certified Birth Doula, Journalist and owner of Trimester Talk, a leading pregnancy website.

42 ways to induce labor naturally #pregnancy #birth.
42 ways to induce labor naturally #pregnancy #birth.

Things to Know Before Inducing Labor Naturally

  1. Natural induction should only be a helping hand. You want the method to be gentle enough that you won’t go into labor if your body isn’t ready. It’s not recommended before 39-40 weeks. If you do begin before then, chances are it won't work anyway.
  2. Don't stress about being overdue. First-time pregnancies are up to 80% more likely to go postdate, and you are not “officially” overdue until 42 weeks. Even then, a doctor cannot legally induce labor without your permission.
  3. Do your own research. Make sure you know the risks and are taking the correct amount of any herbal product. Don't overstrain yourself with labor inducing exercises.
  4. If you aren't sure, talk to your doctor. This is especially true if your pregnancy has been complicated or is considered high risk.

Good luck with natural induction. Hopefully you'll be meeting your gorgeous new addition very soon!

Natural Labor Induction Timeline

A timeline of inducing labor naturally.
A timeline of inducing labor naturally.

40 Ways to Induce Labor Naturally

1. Acupressure - In addition to alleviating morning sickness and stopping bleeding or spotting in the early months of pregnancy, acupressure massages can also induce labor. Before using, though, you’ll want to make sure that your acupressurist has experience working with pregnant women. Typically, there are acupressure points in the ankles and in the webbing between your thumb and forefinger that can cause muscle contractions, including in the uterus.

2. Bananas - Bananas have lots of potassium, which is crucial to muscle contractions. So, being low on potassium could potentially delay labor. Note that you should eat bananas in moderation and avoid take potassium supplements as they can be poisonous when take incorrectly.

3. Basil - Basil is an emmenagogue, an herb that stimulates blood flow to the uterus and can stimulate menstruation. Throw some in your cooking.

Throw it on some pasta or add it to a shake. Basil is another delicious and easy natural form of induction.
Throw it on some pasta or add it to a shake. Basil is another delicious and easy natural form of induction.

4. Black/Blue Cohosh - Black and blue cohosh are two different herbs that, when taken together as a tincture can help induce and regulate contractions. Some midwives use it even during labor to strengthen uterine contractions. There have been some studies claiming that it can have bad side effects for mother and/or baby however. I'd recommend further research first. Here are a couple of articles to get you started. If you decide to use cohosh, make sure you don’t take anymore than the manufacturer recommends.

5. Borage seed oil - Along with primrose oil and black currant oil, borage seed oil is a natural source of prostaglandins - a fatty acid that helps induce labor. The borage oil prepares the body for birth by softening the cervix and increasing the flexibility of the pelvic ligaments. With that tissue softened, labor often quickly follows because of the pressure exerted on the cervix by the baby’s head.

6. Bouncing on birth/exercise ball - ball exercises can help turn your baby and move him or her into the birth canal. Midwives and doulas have been using this technique for years to speed up the dilation and move the baby down into the pelvis. Find a comfortable position and gently bounce up and down to encourage your baby to move into position.

Induce Labor with an Exercise Ball

7. Castor oil - Statistically speaking it only works on 57% of women and causes lovely things like diarrhoea and sometimes, vomiting. The theory is that the cramps in the bowel set off contractions. Opinion is still out on whether castor oil causes babies to pass meconium in the womb but a) most women using castor oil are overdue and b) babies that are overdue are more likely to pass meconium, so you do the maths! WARNING: Please read the linked article before attempting and make sure you're fully informed on the safe methods to induce with castor oil.

8. Clary sage oil - Research shows that clary sage oil aromatherapy can help promote labor and relieve pain. In fact, it is so effective in promoting labor that it’s use is contraindicated at any other time during pregnancy. This method should only be used by a trained midwife or practitioner – it’s not one to do by yourself as it can cause harm if used incorrectly.

9. Dates - Six date fruit a day in the leadup to your EDD has been shown by studies to make labor start sooner, make labor shorter, and help with dilation. Plus, they're yummy!

Did You Know?

  • You can legally refuse any medical procedure - whether an internal examination or an induction via pitocin.
  • The average first pregnancy is 41 weeks and 1 day.

10. Evening primrose oil - Can be taken orally from 35 weeks on or used internally from 38 weeks. If you decide to go with the second route, I would recommend doing it at night and using a pantyliner. However keep in mind that it DOES have risks, so do your own research.

11. Golden seal - Its active components of hydrastatine and berberine have long been taken to induce labor. It’s most easily taken orally in tablet form. As it can be dangerous during pregnancy, if taken incorrectly, seek professional advice first.

12. Kneeling on all fours - A friend of a friend was told to do this. Swing the hips back and forth. Her waters broke just a few minutes later. Coincidence? Maybe!

13. Licorice root - Try to get the root, not the candy. You can see what the root looks like in the picture below. The root contains more licorice and usually less sugar. Like castor oil, it has a laxative effective that causes cramping in the bowls, which in turn can lead to uterine contractions.

Though not as tasty as the candy, licorice root has long been used to help labor along.
Though not as tasty as the candy, licorice root has long been used to help labor along.

14. Massage - Find a massage therapist qualified to work with pregnant women. Many will know various points to massage to induce labor. This is why massage is not recommended during the early stages of pregnancy.

15. Motherwort - This is a great herb to use at the end of your pregnancy. It makes your contractions more effective, regulates the Braxton Hicks contractions, and stops false labor. Taken shortly after birth, motherwort can also calm your nerves and potentially prevent postpartum depression.

16. Nipple stimulation - Gently rub or roll the nipple to try to induce labor. The stimulation releases oxytocin, a hormone that causes contraction. The jury is still out on this method though: some claim that it causes very strong contractions which can be dangerous. If you’re concerned, some experts recommend only massaging one breast at a time, or only massaging for five minutes and then waiting to see what happens before continuing. I tried it and I had barely more than cramps! For increased stimulation try a breast pump.

17. Pineapple - Best taken fresh and raw. Pineapples contain the enzyme bromeliad, which can soften your cervix and and can bring on labor. It can also stimulate your stomach, which could also help get some contractions going. Statistically speaking, the chemicals which pineapple contain, which are said to start labor aren't very high. So that means about seven pineapples should put you into labor!

Pineapple can be an effective but also delicious way to get your labor started.
Pineapple can be an effective but also delicious way to get your labor started.

18. Raspberry leaf - Taken either as a tea or pill. Start at about 34 weeks. Opinion is divided as to whether it will start labor, but it definitely strengthens the uterus, leading to a (hopefully) shorter labor, because each contraction can achieve more. It has been shown in one study to shorten the second stage of labor, pushing.

19. Relaxation excercises - Try some relaxing music and just lie back or even join a meditation class. Any of the relaxation exercises you learned in a childbirth class would work here. The key here is that tension works against labor. Letting everything go may help bring on labor.

20. Sperm - If you feel up to sex, this is a good start towards getting ready for labor. The sperm contains natural prostaglandins that help soften and dilate the cervix.

21. Spicy food - A very well known labor starter! The reason it works may be because of the upset it causes to the digestive system which then upsets the uterus. Not highly recommended.

Spice food is one of those "old wives tales" that turns out to be true - it can help induce labor.
Spice food is one of those "old wives tales" that turns out to be true - it can help induce labor.

22. Squats - Doing a few of these each day often helps to move the baby down and into position. Squats use gravity to push the baby downwards, thereby jumpstarting your birth naturally.

23. Squaw Vine - Old remedy. Not sure how well it works. Can be taken during the last six weeks of pregnancy. Helps to thin and soften the cervix.

24. Stretch and sweep of membranes - Your midwife or doctor can perform this simple procedure. A finger is inserted into the cervix and a gentle 'sweep' of the finger slightly separates the uterus wall and amniotic sac, sometimes leading to labor within hours or days. Some women say it's an easy, painless procedure, others claim it can be very painful. How well it works can also depend on if you are very far dilated or not.

25. Swimming - Relaxed swimming can help bring out the baby - both the water and the movement help.

Did You Know?

  • Medical induction greatly increases the risk of complications during labor - bradycardia (low heartbeat in baby) through to hemorrhage.
  • Legally, no doctor can induce you without your permission. A big baby is NOT a reason to induce. If in doubt, get a second opinion, refuse the induction, or ask for more information.

26. Visualisation exercises- Many women swear by these. Try making a recording of yourself talking about the baby moving down and preparing to be born, or just imagine it in your head. These are often really good to do along with the relaxation exercises above!

27. Walking - The bumping up and down can help the baby move into the birth canal. In fact, this is one of the few ways that most doctors agree on for starting labor. If walking doesn't work, try walking up and down stairs. Lifting your legs further in its range of motion can help further push the baby downward.

28. Yoga - Many places offer special classes for all stages of pregnancy.

More Natural Labor Induction Methods

While the above methods have the most science behind them, there are still a number of natural induction methods that a number of mothers swear by. While some of them may be "old wives' tales," they certainly can't hurt to try. So if you're overdue and want that baby out, go ahead and try some of these.

29. A bumpy car ride - Sometimes the baby just needs a little bit of jiggling to get into the correct position.

30. Chinese food - Not sure why, but some people have claimed this works a treat. Or maybe they just ate Chinese food all the time anyway, so they thought it was responsible for the onset of labor. Either way, it's worth a try!

31. Balsamic Vinegar - According to the What to Expect book, balsamic vinegar can help bring on labor. However, it might not work until you're already dilated. Add a dash to your salad. Definitely won't hurt to try!

Balsamic is a delicious and natural way to speed up your delivery.
Balsamic is a delicious and natural way to speed up your delivery.

32. Dancing - Don't do anything too drastic: pole dancing might be a bit much! But if you get in there and swing your hips around a lot, there's a chance baby might think about coming out.

33. Mandarin Oil - I had a friend who was told that rubbing mandarin oil on her heels would send her into labor. It didn't work for her, but it's worth a try!

34. Quinine - Be sure to check the dosage with a medical professional. Reputedly, it releases oxytocin which can help bring on labor.

35. Eggplant - A lot of people swear by eggplant parmagiana. Again, it's delicious and good for you, so go ahead and eat as much as you'd like!

36. Swinging on a swing - Similar to a bumpy car ride but probably a bit easier on the mother.

37. Orgasms - Orgasms cause contractions which is one of the reasons they feel so good. It's also why many women enjoy orgasms more during pregnancy! You can try this method alone or with a partner... whatever you're comfortable with.

38. Thyme Tea - Reportedly, thyme tea can cause stimulate contractions, sending you into labor.

39. A glass of wine - Wine helps release oxytocin, one of the hormones that signals the body to go into labor. However remember that drinking during pregnancy is NOT recommended. You might want to check this with your doctor first.

40. Skipping/galloping - You might feel a bit self-conscious skipping around your house or neighborhood, but it works by the same mechanism that walking does. It uses gravity to help get the baby into position.

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      ivy 2 weeks ago

      my sister (whom I still have the absolute p l e a s u r e of living with -_-) is only two days past her due date, but we already need him out now!!! we've been doing ALL of these, and I hope it works!! (mostly because she won't stop complaining about having that child in her and we all want her to shut up) X'D wish us luck!

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      Zahira 2 weeks ago

      I'm 38 weeks and 4 days pregnant & I'm so ready to have my son

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      Lexy 3 weeks ago

      36 weeks pregnant with twins I'm soooo ready to go into labor

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      Chyna 7 weeks ago

      I'm 35 weeks and 4 days and want to go ahead and get stuff going. This baby is taking a toll of me...

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      Anonymous 8 weeks ago

      Check your spelling of the word exercise

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      Georgeocean becks 3 months ago

      Have a baby. I am like 40 weeks

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      Krystal 4 months ago

      How did you start a business writing online?

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      Lexis 4 months ago

      ill be 40 weeks in 4 days. bought a pineapple two days ago and later that night lost my plug. wanted to get it moving along now. lol. and castor oil worked for me with my first pregnancy. had her the day after taking it. but thanks for the info. :)

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      Laya 5 months ago

      There is no natural way to induce labour. Honestly, I was ready to try anything when I was overdue and nothing works. I talked to my doctor and she said there's either patience or pitocin. I suggest patience.

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      Ty 7 months ago

      38 weeks and so ready to try at least 5 or 10 out of the 40 lol

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      Aniisah 15 months ago

      The baby will come when he/she is ready. Patience is the key. And besides, induction is done when a baby is postdate. Waiting too long past the due date can be risky for the baby.

      I will just advise mothers-to-be to not believe everything they read and let nature handle things. :)

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      Jk 21 months ago

      Hello there, please keep in mind that the reason it is recommended to induce the baby after 42 weeks is because there is a significant increase in the risk of a stillborn. Trust me, nobody wants anything bad to happen to your baby, especially not your doctor. I would encourage patients to have an open and honest conversation with their provider, and not assume their provider is "out to get them" by recommending induction at 41 to 42 weeks.

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      Jose Juan Gutierrez 2 years ago from Mexico City

      Great article! Many women may take advantage of reading this article.

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      Raghda 2 years ago

      It's not surprising me that fruit dates help its been Recommended in The Islamic Holy Book (The Quran). 1436years Ago .By Name Of Allah He Said(The pains of labour drove her to the trunk of a date-palm. She [Maryam] said, "Oh if only I had died before this time and was something discarded and forgotten!" A voice called out to her from under her, "Do not grieve! Your Lord has placed a small stream at your feet. Shake the trunk of the palm towards you and fresh, ripe dates will drop down onto you. Eat and drink and delight your eyes…" (Qur'an, 19:23-26)

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      Rikka 2 years ago

      I am at 41weeks today I have no doctor I am only dilated to a one I dont know what to do I need some good advice I have 3 other kids and I have never went this far in my pregnant before I scared that something may go wrong

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      Marie 2 years ago

      I'm 37 weeks now with my first baby... I'm experiencing contractions but not the intense and prolonged one. I will start to walk every morning by next week for 30 minutes which I believe is the natural way to help the labor start.

      I'm so excited to meet my baby BOY anytime soon. Just give him time to prepare himself and enjoy the rest of the days in my tummy. He will come when he's ready :-)

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      lily mom 2 years ago

      Im 39 weeks n 2days and is thinking of ways to have this little girl faster.

      But 100% safe and works and faster.

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      Marcus Morgan 2 years ago

      My wife just barely hit her birth date, but still the baby has not come. So we are looking for tips and things we can do to induce labor naturally. She is about ready for this baby to come out so we are trying to speed it up. This article gave us a ton of great ideas we can try, I just hope that these work. http://www.merkouris.net/facilities

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      Jamie 2 years ago

      I am only 9 weeks pregnant with my first child, but have been doing a lot of research to be well informed for when baby comes. I'm hoping I don't need to use any of these methods when my due date arrives!

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      intermarks 3 years ago

      Very interesting article. This is the most complete ways to induce natural labour I have seen so far. Thanks for sharing. Nice work.

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      Fanion 3 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      Hahaha! The bumpy car ride reminds me of my pregnancy.

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      Fanion 3 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      Hahaha! The bumpy car ride reminds me of my pregnancy.

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      maria 3 years ago

      Im 40 weeks in 5 days... ive tried all of these minus the stripping of membranes. Nothing worked.

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      babymama20 3 years ago

      So ifi baby comes out when baby is ready then why do women go into labor before baby is ready...? I am 31 weeks and labor is going to be quick as i have been contracting and dilating

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      Cassidy 3 years ago

      I am 37 weeks pregnant and I have bacterial vaginosis which has been causing cramps all day everyday. I was wondering if that would be a reason to at least try some of these?

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      OnAngelsWings 3 years ago from Southern United States

      I have five children (which includes one set of twins that went full term) and can honestly say I have probably tried to induce labor with 75% of your list.....maybe some not on your list, too.....with absolutely no success....it's a shame, but I eggplant parmesan has become one of my favorite meals since the twins were born.

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      Stevie 3 years ago

      Will be 36 weeks Wednesday with number 3. I look and feel like I'm going to be 40 weeks. just this past Thursday I was in and had gone up 1cm dilation and 25% effacement in a week (started 1cm/25%, was 2cm/50% last check) the midwife said she would actually be surprised if I made it to 37 weeks (this at 35+1, I'm 35+5 today). I'm hoping at my appointment tomorrow they will check me again to see if there has been anything further happening.

      I'm not doing anything specifically TO start labor, but man oh man...I feel like I've been in labor for 2 weeks already...doesn't help I've already lost my plug and I've just been waiting around for everything to happen...and my belly hurts soooooo bad, which happened when I couldn't feel my contractions but I was in labor the whole time with my other two...lucky me...I guess I'll be in labor the last 6 weeks of my pregnancy.... ugh...

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      Ken Williams 3 years ago

      You did a fantastic job on this hub! What an exhaustive list of natural ways to induce labour, truly a great resource.

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      alethia 3 years ago

      Im 37 weeks tomorrow 4cm and 50% come on lol man

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      Susannah Birch 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Thank you Brooke!

      Many mothers take into account only their own situation, not all the variables that apply across countries, hospitals and situations.

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      Brooke 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for this! Just found this list via Pinterest and wanted to add my 2 cents. I am currently pregnant with my second child... but my first child died from an unexplained lack of oxygen (was removed from life-support after 5 days with us). I have always been a big supporter of a natural lifestyle - we do our best to eat organic, buy sustainably, and use non-toxic materials in our home. And with my first pregnancy, this came no different. I had a group of midwives and was scheduled to deliver in a hospital (but with a waterbirthing tub - yay waterbirthing!). My EDD came and went. I was encouraged not to worry.... so I didn't. I'm pretty laid back like that about most things. I went on long walks, and ate some eggplant parmesan at a famous restaurant in my town. At 41 weeks I got a little worried - but still heard stories, "oh I delivered a healthy baby at 43 weeks, just be patient". Patience I have - never once did I complain about being pregnant... in fact... I kinda enjoy it to be honest. So at 41 weeks a did a few extra things to try to get things moving. I drank the Raspberry leaf tea three times a day, went "galloping" (the neighbors thought this was hilarious!), spent hours bouncing on the birth ball, stretching my pelvis... and I even had the most painful experience of my life with a cervical sweep (I really really really do not recommend it, ladies). My midwives recommended a slow induction to begin at exactly 42 weeks. I hoped and prayed my labor would start before but alas it did not. I was monitored the entire time of my labor - there was never any indication that anything was wrong. The induction was very slow - just like natural labor, and I even got to labor in the waterbirthing tub. I had a very healthy pregnancy, no issues, no complications... never sleep on my back, no issues with BP or anything. But when my son was born, he would not breathe on his own. He was intubated immediately - however the oxygen deprivation had been too much. My labor lasted a normal amount of time for a 1st mother (10 hours or so)... and my son was 9lbs, 11oz. Big... but not huge. Healthy babies have been born which were bigger. His death came as a complete surprise to everyone who supported me. And after a few years of research, I have found that about 20-30% of stillbirths are completely unexplained. But deep down, I wondered... I've always wondered if perhaps I had induced just one week earlier things might have been "easier" and therefore better for the life of my child. I will always wonder.

      So here I am, 28 weeks pregnant with my rainbow baby... a girl. And I've begun preparations (haven't started them OF COURSE.. but I've just been planning) to make sure that I don't go to 42 weeks again... and to make sure I don't have to be induced again. This time I'm going to try the cohosh and other homeopathics at the strict recommendation and regimen that my midwives suggest. I'm also going to drink more of the Raspberry leaf tea, and I've already been taking aqua-aerobics and doing yoga to ensure that my own muscles and bones are ready. I also have several acupuncturists who have been recommended, as well as prenatal massage therapists who I will absolutely use once I hit 39 weeks. However, I won't be doing any bouncing or galloping this time. From what I understand, my first child was already very very low in my pelvis. I'm concerned that maybe some of the bouncing contributed to his loss of oxygen (possible compression of some kind). I won't bounce her out, but I'll stretch her out this time.

      So as you can see there are many reasons why a list like this is soooo helpful to moms out there. We're not all a bunch of impatient cry-babies who can't stand the wait. And some of us have severe reasons for why we simply WILL NOT wait. In my grief and anxiety it's so helpful even just to feel that I've tried all I can... done all I can to ensure a safe arrival of my child. Research. Empower your self, your mind, and your body. Make the best decisions you can given the information you have and know that even if you do so much... sometimes things just happen. This may be jaded of me to say, I'm sorry... but try try try is all we can ever do. This list here helps many mothers try. Thank you.

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      Dennis Bruckner 3 years ago from Salt Lake City, UT

      Chinese food?! Really!? That's amazing! I wonder what it is...maybe the MSG? Maybe something about all of the salt? Who knows!

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      nikkers 3 years ago

      To those of you saying wait and let baby cone when they are ready, my son came at 42 weeks but my daughter has a heart defect a nd i am not able to carry past 38/39 weeks so as i wish i could carry 40+ so don't bash women wanting to be done.

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      Michelle 3 years ago

      I find it really irritating that people are still touting the mantra, "the baby will come when it's ready." First, if that was true, there would never be any premies (i.e. babies who pop out before they're ready) and there would be no such thing as Sudden Fetal Death (i.e. the baby simply doesn't come out and dies in utero). Secondly, everyone is taking advice from their midwives, doctors, and nurses, and then spouting it off as their own medical knowledge. Those same people are also quick to say that "no two pregnancies are alike." Well, if that is true, then how can you pass on advice that was meant for you in your pregnancy as if it applies as a blanket rule for everyone? Not to mention, far too many pregnant women proclaim the wonders of nature like it built on a system of fairness and human morality when the opposite is in fact true. Ever see a baby rabbit's nest be dug up by a fisher cat? Or a cute little fox get bitten by a snake and die of necrosis? THAT'S nature. Nature is not a guarentee; your body is not designed to work at 100% efficiency, 100% of the time. It is designed to work as efficient as possible taking external and internal factors into account. Efficiency for me might be 70% but it might be 30% for someone else. Why do you think it is that some people can't even have children? Just because you got pregnant doesn't mean nature is going to look down favorably on you and make sure your baby survives. That's an F-ing fairytale; in real life, there are many complications and many babies and/or mothers would in fact die without modern medical intervention. But, for what it's worth, I love this list and my feeling about the whole thing is that if your doctor has said it is ok for you to try to induce naturally, after 37 weeks, then F everyone else badmouthing you and go for it.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My wife went for a foot massage. Had our son 24 hrs. later. We felt horrible as it was 3 wks prior to EDD. Complications arose and the Doc said it was an amazing twist of fate as the baby had to come out right away and had she not have induced catastrophe could have occurred. So I read this with curiosity and happiness.

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      Kept private 4 years ago from Northeast United States

      Thank you for this interesting hub voted up and interesting. I had to laugh at some of the labor inducers... But I have never been pregnant so I guess you never know :) Have a great week

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      Majidsiko 4 years ago from Kenya

      Caution, quinine is actually used illegally in some countries to induce abortions, but the doses required are usually toxic to the mother too with dismal outcomes.

      Another proven method is intercourse, its more the semen, it contains prostagladins that stimulate the cervix and this stimulates labor. The intercourse may also cause some inflammation which produces inflammation and prostagladin too.

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      Recipe Gal 4 years ago

      Wow! This is the most complete list of natural induction methods I have ever seen! Thanks for information.

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      Susannah Birch 4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      So true, Brie!

      In fact, Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD) is so rare that it's almost unheard of in most women, bar a very limited number of ethnic groups, and even then, only in a small percentage of those. It used to be more common back when women had insufficient diets, but now it's just NOT TRUE. Ultrasounds are very often out by a pound or more.

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      Brie 4 years ago

      Turns out, induction because of a "big baby" is not necessarily needed. Unless of course for a woman of small stature. Even then it's a fine line on whether to induce or not. Most women who are told they are going to have big babies via ultrasound, actually have normal sized babies with a csection. So, the woman could have birthed vaginally. As for these techniques, your baby will come when your baby is good and ready. Enjoy pregnancy because when you're done....that's it.

      :)

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      Jenny R 4 years ago

      I thought it was interesting that walking up and down stairs was mentioned, I had never heard that before. When I was pregnant I had to constantlybwalk up and down stairs at work. I had my son at 38 weeks. I was not trying to induce labor, as I had not even reached my due date, but found this mention interesting. Even if it might have just been a coincedence.

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      MzBonitaIsles 4 years ago

      I should add that I am an overdue pregnancy. I went exactly one week overdue with my daughter who is six years old now. I am a week past my due date with my son now. Although I understand it ts tiring after so long I c't understand wanting to ind.uce without a medical reason to do so. I cannot sympathize with just wanting it to be over with. This tome us not about us. We are grown women. The children we are carrying need this tome to develop and groa. I am not saying I am perfect. I too am ready to meet my little one. But he will come when he is ready. What alot of you don't know is that the longer your baby status in the h healthier they are. Babies born before 40 weeks tend to have lower apgar scores. And if you are worried about having a large baby trust the facts-the last few weeks of the pregnancy is when your baby gains about half pound a week Two weeks =1 pound. It is not selfish to want to merry your child or to want relief from the irritants pregnancy comes with. It is selfish to force a baby before they ate ready for those reasons alone. To the women who struggle with sickness and ailments that make it hard our impossible to carry 40 weeks-good luck top you and I pray that your children are born healthy and that you are just add healthy. You have it rougher than most of us who just gripe because we are swollen and tired. I am impatiently awaiting my sons arrival. Peace!

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      MzBonitaIsles 4 years ago

      To the women who are only 37 weeks along you ladies should honestly just relax. The average length of a pregnancy is 37-42 weeks with the majority at 41+. It is wiser to go a complete 40 a weeks anyway

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      Meghan 4 years ago

      I did the cow pose, all fours, but on elbows instead of hands, for both of my babies. Both times my babies were hitting the wrong part of my cervix during contractions, and this pose makes them get into the right spot. I went from 3 -8 cm in 30 min. with my first and got my water to break with my second. I wouldn't say it induced me, but it sure helped things progress a lot faster.

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      A pregnant person 4 years ago

      I tried alot of these I'm 40wks3days, nothing worked. I do not want to even attempt castor oil, my midwife and nurses advised against it.

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      Adrienne 4 years ago

      FYI, Quinine is in tonic water.

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      Susannah Birch 4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      I know of local certified massage therapists who will stimulate acupressure points once women are past a certain gestation, with up to an 80% success rate within 48 hours.

      I live in Australia though, so it may be different where you live.

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      michelle 4 years ago

      Interesting article. As a certified pregnancy massage therapist let me tell you I will not stimulate labor points on you. We learn them to avoid them. By all means, get a massage but not for this reason. Its unethical!

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      marsha 4 years ago

      As an OB nurse, I BEG you NOT to do the castor oil...I have seen way too many moms and babies with messed up electrolytes from this...plus those of us who are on the "receiving end " are tired of being shit upon....thanx...

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      Momma 4 years ago

      Well I'm 36 weeks today, I am 3 cm dialated lots of pressure below, sharp pains from to back my doc won't do anything but let me carry on.. So at this point I will try anything to get one more cm.

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      Comadrona 4 years ago

      As much as we would all like to think that so-called "natural induction" works, it simply does not. For every woman who has tried one or more of the above methods (and I am one of them, back in the day) where it "worked", there is another for whom it was unsuccessful. If you try to bring on labour in a woman who is 40+ weeks pregnant, 50% of the time it will happen - but it would have happened anyway - without the fear and pressure! Not to write a thesis on this but... if "natural" methods worked, there would not be the overuse of Prostaglandins and Syntocinon inductions which currently constitute the medical method. When recommending remedies to women I, as a midwife, should be aware of whether there is any proper evidence to back the claims for these remedies. For these methods there is none. In fact some "natural" methods can be downright dangerous - such as Castor Oil and the Cohoshes.

      Women need to understand that the due date is merely an estimate. There is some good information now about Naegele's calculation of gestation being erroneous and that, actually, average length of pregnancy should be assumed to be 42 weeks. There is evidence to suggest that, if we left all women to begin labour naturally, the baby and the mother are as safe, or safer, than if we expose them to the cascade of intervention which occurs when medical induction does not work (which happens a lot!). If we wait until 43 completed weeks or later, one baby out of 500 may have some problems. This means we are inducing 499 women to try to prevent 1 case of distress or morbidity. This is unjustifiable.

      It is my job, during labour and birth, to detect whether a baby is not coping with labour, and deal with it accordingly. It is a sad fact that pregnancy and birth are not 100% risk-free - but nothing in life is! It is a fact, also, that when a primipara (first-time mum) has a medical induction, she has a 70-80% chance of ending up with a forceps or Caesarean birth. This is an unacceptable statistic, because most women really DO NOT need induction, but to be left to go into labour under their own steam.

      Many things can impact on a woman's sense of peace and well-being. They absorb the uninformed comments of "well-meaning" but dire friends and family ("haven't you had that baby yet?") or she is scared stupid by remarks from midwives or doctors whose agenda is really to have her become unsure or scared enough to agree to intervention.

      I could go on, because this is a really important topic. But I will close by suggesting that any woman who is thinking of this might want to do some further research of her own, and try to trust her body's ability to birth her baby safely.

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      Susannah Birch 4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Jillian I suggest you do your research (starting with the link on the castor oil point) before nay-saying it.

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      jillian 4 years ago

      WHY is castor oil on this list? 's a horrible recommendation AND not "natural" like the list has in the title! terrible.

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      Mary Bruckelmyer 5 years ago

      Don't risk your babies life or ability to nurse easily etc. Castor oil at 36 weeks is NOT recommended

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      Susannah Birch 5 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Samantha,

      PLEASE wait! You still have at least four weeks to go. Babies born at 36 weeks are commonly kept in NICU for breathing problems and other complications. Your baby needs to stay inside and continue developing!

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      Susannah Birch 5 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Katie, I do agree that many women take it without checking the correct method.

      I've written an in depth article on it here: https://wehavekids.com/having-baby/Castor-Oil-Labo...

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      Katie 5 years ago

      Please! I am begging readers not to use Caster Oil! My nursing instructor while I was in school had so many horror stories about women taking this and losing their babies or having a very difficult labor. :-( Better to just skip that recommendation. Plus who wants all of those side effects while in labor (if it works)?

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      mommy2012 5 years ago

      you have some really good ideas and I'm happy how you have them laid out, most of the websites I have visited haven't been much help. even tho yours helps the most i have to say that you should have a little more detail. like how long should we be on all fours, swinging our hips? how much licorice should we eat.... stuff like that. just thought I'd just throw in my opinion, simply because i ran into the problem of having no idea what i was doing. thanks

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      lis 5 years ago

      Nipple stimulation worked for me!!! I was at 40 weeks, and had been drinking rasp. leaf tea a few times a day for a few weeks (when I remembered to). THEY WERE CRAZY STRONG contractions though. Hard fast and immediate. My baby girl was born 1 hr and 50 minutes after they started! I'd say this absolutely works. My first was 12 hours.

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      Ben'sMom 5 years ago

      Wow. I'm seeing women here who are trying as early as 34 weeks for no apparent reason other than impatience. I'm waiting for my baby too and I get it, but really? Unless there is some serious medical need to have the baby early, don't. Your baby is taking advantage of every day he or she has in there to grow stronger, smarter and healthier. If you think about it, you can't really mean to take that time away from them.

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      Kring 5 years ago

      My first was over two weeks late - I was intenté on having a natural birth. So I tried so many of these - walking, the herbe and teas mentioned above, massage, reflexology, yoga (yes at 9 months I couldn't get out of the splits - it was embarrassing)...I tried it all. My lovely husband, knowing how controlling I am, told me to clean the whole house and my office top to bottom (he typically does all of the cleaning). I cleaned for 14 hours, throwing out files, vaccuuming, going through drawers, donating bags and bags of stuff. That night I went into labor. Sometimes, it's just about being ready I guess.

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      BrigidJ 5 years ago

      I drank rasperry tea and that seemed to bring on my second one

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      Becca 5 years ago

      I did several of these once I hit full term. At 39 weeks my doctor was surprised I hadn't gone into labor yet (everything was developing and pointing in that direction) so she offered to sweep the membrane. I guess lucky for others who said it didn't hurt because it most definitely hurt me! But, a few hours later my water broke and 12 hours after that my daughter was born :-) We'll see what works for #2 in about a month!

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      Nicole 5 years ago

      This site is full of great tips! I remember with my first, pineapple, sex and loadddds of walking sent me right into labor at 39 weeks. Also, the other thing that I noticed that helped was my yoga ball. It sounds weird but I would take about a half hour a night to just bounce on it. I'm now 34 weeks & I'm exhausted, but I won't pursue inducing myself until 36 weeks.

      I am skeptical though about the castor oil. I tried it at 37 weeks with my first but ended up vomiting about 5 seconds after I took it. Lol maybe I have a weak stomach!

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      Sarah-Ann 5 years ago

      With my 1st i started slow labour at 32 weeks, so i avoided anything that may encourage labour to speed up in anyway. Once i hit 38weeks the midwife informed me i was 3cm dilated and labour could kick off and become active labour any day now.. I had only had Braxton Hicks contractions, and they would come randomly and sometimes only every few days. She said try taking relaxing walks, or even sex as the sperm contains a hormone also found in the gell they use to induce, But sperm isn't as strong, and natural.. Providing your waters are not broken sex is perfectly fine!

      So 38 weeks we started having sex every night :) Was great because i really missed being able to do it worry free, when i was 38 weeks, 5 days we had finished sex around 11pm, laying in bed cuddling i randomly got up bolted into the bathroom and vomited... 1st time i had ever thrown up during that pregnancy.. I felt fine, so we went to bed. I was rudely awoken at 7:30am on the dot by a pain... I thought another day of braxton hicks, but no they became regular and where 5mins apart :) I had my daughter 9hrs 45mins after the 1st pain i felt!

      Im now 38 weeks pregnant with our 2nd. Im unsure if im dilated, i havn't really been seen or checked by midwifes often, they are so sure everything is perfect and that im low risk they aren't to bothered. So we are now going to start getting onto having sex every night in hopes to soften the cervix or something for bub when its ready :)

      Ive had painful braxton hicks for a few weeks now, lost a huge plug at 28 weeks, then recently been losing a creamy mucus one bit had the tiniest bit of brown (old) blood in it. So im super excited that 14 days from my due date and i know my body is doing what its ment too. If i get a few days from 40 weeks, i may try some other methods, walking, or pineapple sounds yummy :) But not really to fussed. Im convinced sex works (providing that your baby is ready) :)

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      Susannah Birch 5 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Thankyou Lia. Will change the wording when back on my computer. My main point was that you should see a massage therapist experienced with and set up for pregnant women.

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      Lia 5 years ago

      Your comment about massage is true, in that they can work pressure points to help induce labor. However, as a registered massage therapist, I know that there is no danger in a pregnant woman being massaged throughout her pregnancy. In fact it is recommended that women receive massage throughout to help with their changing bodies, backache, headaches, sore/swollen feet, changes in posture, and overall health!

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      Lauren 5 years ago

      Also for my first baby I was on my second fresh pineapple when my strong contractions started. I have been told for my second and the rest they will definitely induce me at 37/38 weeks as I don`t want another huge baby.

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      Lauren 5 years ago

      My first baby was 10lb 4.5oz and arrived at 42 weeks pregnant so if I ever get pregnant again I will most definitely be trying most of these! Those against trying to trigger your own labour; it is fine to do so and I am pretty sure you would if you habe ever had a 10lb baby and a bad birth the way I did. As it is more likely I will probably have another huge one but my Midwife, Health Visitor and also GP recommend to do this obviously by being monitered.

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      bob 5 years ago

      very interesting hub!

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      Karen 5 years ago

      I am 35 weeks and 2 days, I have been to hospital for a growth scan today because i was measuring small for how many weeks i am. Apparently because i had 2 smaller babies previous 6lb 3oz and 6lb 10oz it might mean this baby probably wont be very big either. I am going back again in 3 weeks for another growth scan to see if he has grown at all. He is doing so much wriggling about and sometimes it is quite uncomfortable I am just ready now for him to be born. My 2 daughters were both born 4 days early so i hope this one is ready soon although we did help things along a bit. Both times sex seemed to do the trick unless it was just a coincidence. That was 10 and 14 years ago though so who knows what will happen. Good luck to all you mums to be.

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      Randi 5 years ago

      I will b 38 weeks on Wednesday. at my last drs appt they told me my baby girl was at 8 1/2 lbs! and i am 2cm dilated. I have gestational diabetes and they really don't want her to get any bigger! my first one was 9lbs 8.8 oz my second was 9lbs 0.3 oz. my dr told me he would like to see me go into labor this week. if not i will be educed on the 2nd of July. so im gonna try some of these after Wednesday cant wait to see if they work!

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      Chyan 5 years ago

      Im 36 weeks and 1 day! Im in pain all the time my hips and back KILL me! But the last two days Ive been very uncomfortable really bad pains in my lower belly (they don't last long but they are intense) and I just feel alot of pressure on my tummy )= should I go to the hospital or just wait it out? (and don't say lay on my left side because that hurts even more) lol

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      Christine 5 years ago

      @Concerned- in response to your comments to the Labour Nurse. Yes, technically a baby is considered full term at 37 weeks. However, there has recently been a big push (by many reputable medical groups/organizations), based on new, quality research, to redefine the definition of "full term" to 39-41 weeks, or at least revise the definitions and rename the period from 37 to 39 weeks as "early term." This is done because risks of complications/needed interventions (and even infant mortality) are still higher for those infants. Yes, most babies born at 37 weeks do just fine. And if a woman goes into labour naturally, they'll let her go. But when talking about induction, the higher risks likely make it worth while to wait until at least 39 weeks (or longer) in uncomplicated, purely elective cases. Which can include some of our very uncomfortable ones (I know- I am 37 weeks now, I get it!).

      But I would also like to correct some of the facts that you have wrong. Babies are not simply "fully developed at 37 weeks, only gaining or losing weight after that." Those cute little buggers still have further lung development, muscle growth, fat storage, and brain growth and development to do in those last couple of weeks. Mom continues to pass on antibodies which will help protect baby. And that's just the stuff we know about. Those extra couple weeks can make a big difference. I think it can be good for us to acknowledge that, especially when we are getting to this last tough stretch.

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      MamaCat 5 years ago

      I'm a none judgemental person, so I have no beefs against the mothers who want to induce labor in the early 30s mark, I think it's smarter to wait but it's not my place to decide for you, that's YOUR CHOICE. I'm currently 4days from 40 weeks and I'm trying to do things as natural as I can, I'm in no hurry to rush my daughter out but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't ready, but it's not wether I'm ready that matters to me... I want her to be ready. I'm trying to avoid being medically induced so once I hit the 40 mark I will try to NATURALLY iinduce and if she agrees its time great if not, well it was worth the try. I always knew if I ever got pregnant it wouldn't be easy, I mean come on! Your giving life to someone, it's gonna be at least a little dificult. Good luck to all of the mothers out there it's almost over for us!

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      5 years ago

      Day at the Spa, relax and enjoy it's my calm before the storm. After a full day at the spa with my first (massage, facial, ped/man) I started labour that night! Good luck ladies.

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      5 years ago

      When I was pregnant with my son it was horriable could not eat or drink anything without getting heartburn. But I toughed it out but I ended up going in a week early. The night before I went to the hospital I cleaned my house. Had a carpeted living room vacum was broken so I swept it with a broom took a rest drank a cup of reg. Red rose tea then swept and mopped the rest of the house. When my boyfriend got home from working nights we had sex and went to bed at 330 am got woken up 4 hrs later with cramps tried to sleep longer thinking it was BH went to hospital late that night my son was born 8 lb .3 oz it was my first child am currently pregnant with second at 34 weeks and baby is down sitting very low and having slight contractions and a lot of back pain for 3 days now. It's up to the baby when they want to come I had no clue aboutf induction when I had my first but I guess sex and sperm and cleaning worked for me.

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      Stephanie 5 years ago

      I am 37 weeks and 3 days....I AM SO FRUSTRATED AND READY TO GO!!! i have been to the er/triage 2 times this week with contractions back to back first they sent me home b/c i wasn't dialated and then the 2nd time i was only 1 cm every little thing is irritating me and my lower back is killing me i want to freakin scream

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      ProudTeenMama 5 years ago

      Ok.

      I will be 36 weeks on Tuesday. The baby's weight and growth are at 39 weeks. I have had horrible back pain, contractions and my mucous plug is still coming out. My spine is being deformed from how big my son is. Before i got pregnant i was only 100 lbs even. Im only 5 feet. tall. I now weigh almost 150 which is over weight according to my mid wife. What can i do to comfortably induce my labor in maybe about a week.?

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      Jesse b 5 years ago

      All of these to a certain degree are useless if you're not ready to go into labour some of them also carry risks which you should definitely weigh up. Do you want to risk your baby beig poorly just to try and get them out 1 week sooner? Although there are also plenty of harmless suggestions too and at least by doing something you might feel a bit better than you would if you were just sat around waiting. My first baby was fully engaged from 34 weeks from me walking around so much at work and stayed there until 40+2. I had to have a growth scan and two sweeps prior to this because they were concerned that he was going to get too big to come out naturally otherwise and they didn't work even though I was 2-3cm dilated for weeks before my due date. I had sex in the morning then wet shopping in the Xmas sales on the day I went into labour. I went into labour in the evening and my son was born 4 hour later. This time I'm now 38+3 and having a sweep next week to try and encourage her out due to several health problems that I have. Hopefully it'll work but I'm not holding my breath. You're all adults and can choose whatever methods you like to try and get your babies out but just remember to really think about the pros and cons and research the methods that you use first. good luck!

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      Amanda 5 years ago

      i am 37 weeks prego and i am in more pain than i ever was with my son even during labor i really just want to have my lil girl already and none of these methods are working and im also having breathing problems now i don't know what to do any sugestions???

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      Jaime 5 years ago

      Sounds like labor nurse has never been pregnant

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      GarrettsMommy 5 years ago

      Bouncing on the exercise ball is how i started my labor!!

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      Concerned 5 years ago

      Ok people, a full 2 oz bottle of castor oil is not going to hurt you as long as you drink LOTS of water. Otherwise you will get dehydrated and that can be dangerous. It will just give you the nasty runs make you very sick and probably vomit and like anything that gives you the diarrhea you need to drink lots of water and electrolytes.

      AND Labour Nurse, you need to check your facts. The March of Dimes is not a reliable criteria to base your facts on. Try the Mayo Clinic or some other reputable research medical centre. A baby is considered full term and fully developed at 37 weeks, only gaining or losing weight after that - depending on the state of the placenta which begins to age in most mothers at 34 weeks. Ischemic bowel is a problem usually caused by a hernia in the infant due to low birth weight, not a problem caused by delivering at 36-37 weeks. All of the ailments you mentioned are most common in preterm babies born before 35 weeks with often more factors present.

      I DO agree however that if your pregnancy has been event free to just be patient, be lazy, relax and wait. All these induction techniques are just ways to torture yourself until your baby is ready. If you look into it you may discover that there is a theory that the baby releases hormones that are thought to start labour due to the baby running out of room in the uterus. You will also find that a lot of women that have tried these technique have suffered and have not gone into labour. Some also have, but they may have already been dilated or effaced a good bit, already having contractions but not feeling hard enough to believe it was more than Braxton Hicks(I had what I thought were Braxton Hicks for 5 hours right up until my baby's head came out). Anyway, jogging is NOT recommended in the last month of pregnancy. You could jar the placenta and cause internal bleeding which can be catostrophic. I also worry about all of you. Relax and be thankful you are having a healthy pregnancy. I am not, I am being sectioned for a breach baby and a placental abruption and have been on bed rest for the last 6 weeks to get my baby to 37 weeks.

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      Susannah Birch 5 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Shan, your comment has been removed due to dangerous recommendations. Drinking an entire bottle of castor oil IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND STUPID.

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      mouse 5 years ago

      Um in my 40th week n I'm ready to have my lily girl already

      Ithink I'm gonna try having sex hopefully it works cause I'm anxious to see my baby.

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      jzmommy 5 years ago

      Nipple stimultion got things going for me it just has o be done for a while or the contractions will stop. I do warn you the contractions are quite painful with this method, but it is one thing that worked for me, I'm 38 weeks and wanted to share I didn't do the stimulation long enough but I know it will work if I had my hubby continue for longer. Just a suggestion if no one has tried it yet ;)

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      Jason 5 years ago

      Nice to rear all these comments about what women like my wife are going through, especially those min my wife's condition. It would be nice to see what the end result was if you would just log back in after the baby was born, state your remedy or final steps and the outcome of the births. Ranting and raving is great, wish there was a medical professional on here to make suggestions.

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      MONIQUE 5 years ago

      i am 41 weeks pregnant n i have tried everything .....castor oil is not working

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      priscar 5 years ago

      If I walk my stomach gets too hard, the unfortunate thing is that I am carrying twins, so walking that much I doubt I am almost 39 weeks, no pain no anything

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      Rand 5 years ago

      I have been working on a healthy pre-due date delivery since 33 weeks (just hoping for a couple weeks early). I started power-walking 3-5 miles every single day to get the baby to drop. At 35 weeks I was 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced. I stayed that way for my 36, 37, & 38 week appt. At 37 weeks I started doing more – lots of sex, nipple stimulation, Mexican food, pedicure – no change. After the 38 week appt I started bouncing on an exercise ball, doing squats, scrubbing the house, light jogging occasionally. At the 39 week appt I was 2 cm dilated. The doctor stripped my membranes and I had bloody show for the next 16 hours every time I went to the bathroom. I continued doing my normal routine (power walking, sex) & more – drank a can of pineapple juice, blew up some balloons. I have basically done everything except for castor oil approaching 40 weeks – apparently baby is not going to come until she is good and ready.

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      c.a.n 5 years ago

      im 39 weeks and i want to have this baby tonight.. iv'e been ready since i got the crib ready.. i wish she would hurry and come.. im gettin a little sad and aggravated cause she hasn't come yet, and i only have 7 days left but i want her to be here already. :(

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      Kaitlyn 5 years ago

      40+ 3cm and had a sweep done already last Wednesday. I have done stairs, walking, nipple stimulation, nipple stimulation with an electric breast pump, sex and holding my legs in the air for 20 minutes afterward, acupuncture, pelvic tilts, hot baths, orgasms and zilch. I am 41 weeks by my LMP but 39 by my ultrasound that i had very early on in my pregnancy, I say i was 7 1/2 weeks when i had it done OB says 5 1/2. I refuse to take Castor oil, or other things that have proven harmful to babies, I'm not that much in a rush .. I have know i was pregnant since August 20th. Help me, I really have been pregnant forever!!

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      chell042203 5 years ago

      Omg I am 37 weeks and 3 days been having contractions for a week now I need help! I am 1 cm and 25% thinned someone please help walking has done nothing!

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      Tab 5 years ago

      I was 36 weeks a few days ago this is my 1st baby I had my antenatal appointment today and the midwife told me that bub is engaged I thought so as I have been feeling quite uncomfortable through my pelvic area since the start of the week I woke up feeling different as well on Monday morning I am very excited and my hubby will be too when he gets home from work and I tell him we have known all along that I definitely won't make it to 40 weeks bub has been sitting low the whole time I'm definitely too active to go over I walk at least 2kms a day I definitely believe walking through your whole pregnancy really helps I just know that our baby will be here in the next week or so many woman believe oh yeah I better go for a walk to induce labour I believe the main problem is they haven't kept active the whole time you just have to keep on going I'm not going to stop walking at least 2 kms a day because of how close I am and uncomfortable I am I believe you just have to keep going continue doing what your use to too many woman get lazy when they are pregnant and no offence to them but I see why they have to be induced you have to give your baby incentive. I know every woman's pregnancy is different but honestly sometimes I really don't get how some woman can be soo lazy and just expect their baby is going to be early or on its due date. All I'm left to say is good luck everyone and keep on going !!!

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      labor nurse 5 years ago

      All of this is making me so worried for your unborn children! I have been a labor and delivery nurse for 20 years and while many of the self-help ideas here are harmless, many are quite HARMFUL TO YOUR UNBORN BABY! The March of Dimes criteria for a FULL TERM DELIVERY is now 39 weeks, and we will NOT do anything to induce labor prior to that time unless it is medically necessary for either the mom or baby's safety. This talk of starting "natural" induction of labor at 36 weeks because you are "tired of being pregnant" is selfish and irrational. Would you risk your child's future on your sore hips and back? Could you really live with yourself if you did any of these so-called "natural" cures prior to 39 weeks and delivered a baby requiring a stay in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) or another long-term complication (ie: mental retardation, meconium aspiration [they DIE from that!!!], life-long asthma, retinopathies, ischemic bowel... the list goes on and on!) You knew what you were getting into when you got pregnant, and you opted to do it anyway. Your child had no choice in the matter! Enjoy this time, because you can never have it back again. The truth is, it’s not a whole lot easier when they’re on the outside! You still don’t get any sleep, your crotch hurts (or c-section scar if your induction attempts fail, many of which do because your body is not ready!) Suck it up and aim for a minimum of 39 weeks, and best of all, let your body go into labor NATURALLY.

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      monica 5 years ago

      jasons mom did u know that if anything happens to you our the baby you can sue that doc? I also had high blood preassure and was told to rest becausd I could have a seizure, but losing your mucus plug and bleeding and telling you to go back home and rest sounds like medical negligence to me.

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      Alona 5 years ago

      Ok, I am on my second one and my last one. The first one was one week late. I went into the dr office and they said I was only 1cm dilated, by Friday she was born. Happy and healthy almost 3 years later. This one, she is much bigger than dd1. My first one, was born at 41 weeks. I am at 39 weeks have been feeling contractions since 37 weeks a long. Yes, I am getting tired of carrying the extra weight on me. Yes I'm tired of having cloths not fit me right. And yes I'm tired of the dr visits. But I'd rather have her naturally then have her induced, or have any complications. I just hope she is healthy when she comes.

      Those of you who are only at 34-38 weeks wait to try stuff on this list until at least 39 weeks or what your dr says. Healthy is always best when it comes down to it. Enjoy! By the way my first one I was in labor for 11 hrs. We went to the hospital 2 hrs in because my contractions were 411 like they say, yet, my daughter didn't arrive until 5:33 the next morning. And my water didn't break until we got to the hospital. I actually wound up throwing up there in the hospital room and that is when my water broke at about 8pm. When I went into labor, I was watching a movie at home(just an fyi).

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      giggly pots 5 years ago

      hahaha the poole dancing one got me, thats funny id pay to see that one even attempted... ive done the primrose oil, which dialted me 3cm within 4 days of starting, however i spoke to gp first and he said prick one capsule insert vaginally, and prick the other and rub it over skin as it will absorb faster. i find that to be the most scientific approach out of all the wive tales. in saying this, this list is excatly that wives tales and what works for some doesn't always work for others

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      brenson'smommy 5 years ago

      I am 36 weeks today..I really want to jump start labor because Ive had a previous c-section and shooting for all natural with this one. So baby has to be here by 41 weeks or its a repeat c-section. I've gotten the ok from the doc to start at home induction. My son was born at 39wks @ 7lbs 7oz, 14 diameter head!So doc said anywhere from 35wks on were a go with having baby! My hips have been hurting so bad, I sleep mayb 3-4 hrs a night :(