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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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    • Aniisah 6 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. :)

    • Jk 12 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 16 months ago from Mexico City

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

    • Raghda 17 months 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)

    • Rikka 18 months 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

    • Marie 21 months 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 :-)

    • lily mom 24 months ago

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

      But 100% safe and works and faster.

    • 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.

    • 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 2 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 2 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

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

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      Fanion 2 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

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

    • maria 2 years ago

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

    • babymama20 2 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

    • Cassidy 2 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 2 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's a shame, but I eggplant parmesan has become one of my favorite meals since the twins were born.

    • Stevie 2 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 2 years ago

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

    • alethia 2 years ago

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

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      Susannah Birch 2 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.

    • Brooke 2 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!

    • 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.

    • 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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.

    • Brie 3 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.


    • Jenny R 3 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.

    • MzBonitaIsles 3 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!

    • MzBonitaIsles 3 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

    • Meghan 3 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.

    • A pregnant person 3 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.

    • Adrienne 3 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.

    • 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!

    • 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 those of us who are on the "receiving end " are tired of being shit upon....thanx...

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Mary Bruckelmyer 4 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 4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia


      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 4 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:

    • Katie 4 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)?

    • mommy2012 4 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

    • lis 4 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.

    • Ben'sMom 4 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.

    • Kring 4 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.

    • BrigidJ 4 years ago

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

    • Becca 4 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!

    • Nicole 4 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!

    • Sarah-Ann 4 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 4 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.

    • Lia 4 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!

    • Lauren 4 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.

    • Lauren 4 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.

    • bob 4 years ago

      very interesting hub!

    • Karen 4 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.

    • Randi 4 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!

    • Chyan 4 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

    • Christine 4 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.

    • MamaCat 4 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!

    • 4 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.

    • 4 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.

    • Stephanie 4 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

    • ProudTeenMama 4 years ago


      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.?

    • Jesse b 4 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!

    • Amanda 4 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???

    • Jaime 4 years ago

      Sounds like labor nurse has never been pregnant

    • GarrettsMommy 4 years ago

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

    • Concerned 4 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 4 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.

    • mouse 4 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.

    • jzmommy 4 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 ;)

    • Jason 4 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.

    • MONIQUE 4 years ago

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

    • priscar 4 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

    • Rand 4 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.

    • c.a.n 4 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. :(

    • Kaitlyn 4 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!!

    • chell042203 4 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!

    • Tab 4 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 !!!

    • labor nurse 4 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.

    • monica 4 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.

    • Alona 4 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).

    • giggly pots 4 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

    • brenson'smommy 4 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 :(

    • jasons mom 4 years ago

      I don’t know what to do and my dr really doesn’t seem to care. He won’t even let me come in so he can check me out. He would rather his nurse talk to me on the phone. I guess I should let you know that I am 34 wks. almost 35 wks. preg. I lost my mucus plug when I was 22 or 23 wks. preg. So I thought I was going to lose my baby boy. I have had problems threw out the hole pregnancy, with bleeding. The past mth I was on bed rest for 2 wks because of my blood pressure and have been having contractions for the entire mth, but not bad enough to be in labor. I was able to go back to work this wk and doing that I started bleeding really bad and my dr told me to go home and rest. Now my blood pressure is back up really high, and the contractions have gotten worse, there just not close enough to go to the hospital. He has been on my pelvis for about two wks now, it was hurting so bad that it hurt to stand, now it’s to the point were it hurts to sit. Over the past few days I was able to sleep on my right side without any contractions, but last night it didn’t matter how I was laying they wouldn’t stop. I had my nurse check me yesterday when I went to see her and I am starting to dilate. My boyfriend and I have tried everything that family and friends have told us to do to help dilate faster. As far as having sex, nipple stimulation, etc. the sex hurts really badly but I’m pushing through it, same with the nipple stimulation. I don’t want to try castor oil because I’ve already had problems w the “runs” for the past wk. or so. I do not know if my water has broken or anything, but I have been leaking for some time now, and it stinks really bad, it’s not a lot just a little and it constantly fills like I’m peeing my pants. I know it’s not a uti or anything else or they would tell me when I go to the dr. Is there anything that I could do that would help ease the pain or even help get him to come out faster? I know i am early but the pain is unbearable and I do not think I can handle it anymore.

    • kelleyward 4 years ago

      Very interesting and useful hub! I worked for a while as a l & D nurse so I've heard of some of these ideas but there were also many I've never heard of before. Great hub!

    • mary101 ( 4 years ago

      Ahh I'm 40 weeks my son came at 38 so now just waiting on my little girl to come

    • Renee K 4 years ago

      at 35 weeks, I started contracting, and the dr told me to "take it easy".. Once I hit the 37 week mark, I got the ok and have since tried... castor oil (only cramps and diareah) lots of walking, stair climbing, lots of sex, chinese food, swinging at the park, raspberry tea leaf, and spicy foods. I am DUE tomorrow!! still no baby. I am so frustrated it isn't funny. HELP! I need a sure thing that works!!!

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      louromano 4 years ago

      im 39 weeks with my 4th child and i tried castor oil with all of them and it worked a treat but ive now been to buy some but all the chemist an health food stores have told me they don't sell it anymore as its too brutal!!!! does anyone nowhere i can get some from?

    • cdrive1289 4 years ago

      I'm 39 weeks with baby number two and until I switched doctors a month ago (my old doc closed his practice) I was told I had to have a repeat c-section. My new doctor is willing to let me go for a natural birth, but won't induce me because of the risks involved. Looking for ways to help my body prepare for little Abby because I do NOT want to have another csection

    • Brinton 4 years ago

      Just had my baby. A beautiful baby girl. I was 41 weeks and 2 days preggers. And I thought it would NEVER end, I read this site and tried a few things. As soon is I ate eggplant and proceeded to have sex......MY WATER BROKE. I definatly am a firm believer in eggplant. Congrats to the mommys. Hope baby is healthy and you eventually get comfortable. It get better the second baby is out.

    • jesylynn 4 years ago

      I am 31 weeks. My baby has Spina Bifida I am 1cm and 50% effaced. They said they won't induce me but he's better off out than in at this point. How can I move this along for my little guy to be safe what's the most affective way?

    • themommyforever 4 years ago

      i am 39 weeks and at 4 cm. the doc told me my contractions were not consistent enough to keep me in the hospital so i was looking for something that may get me started. i could get induced, but i don't like potussin(sp) because of the swelling i got last time. im just ready to get this lil girl out! i have heard the castor oil thing is very effective, but i don't want the side effects from that either! guess im gonna climb my stairs today....

    • Kasey 4 years ago

      My friend is due now so I was looking for some ways to help her speed it up lol but good luck and congratulations to all the mommys :)

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      Susannah Birch 4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Mallory, the reason that famous Eggplant Parmigiana induces labour is more likely to be because of the herbs in it, not the eggplant. :-)

    • Mallory 4 years ago

      A friend told me there is an Italian restaurant in his town that swears you will go into labor within 2 days of you eating their Eggplant Parmesan (if you are 38 weeks or further). They will even refund your money if you don't have the baby in that time frame.

      They also have a wall of all the babies born after the mother ate the Eggplant so this could hold some truth.

    • miss molly 4 years ago

      I am 41 weeks and 3 days and still not even dilated to a one. This is my 3rd child but i have never been more uncomfortable in my life. This pregnancy feels like it will never end. I am just hoping something on here works for me.

    • maddiesmommy 4 years ago

      I am 37 weeks pregnant and trying to figure out how I can induce labor. I have been dialated to 4 cm and 90% effaced for 2 weeks now. Every time I go to the doctor, they tell me "any day now" but nothing is happening! They said he is extremely low and when my contractions start or water breaks to get to the hospital IMMEDIATELY because it will be very fast. But I keep trying to induce labor with no results. Have tried sex, masturbation, nipple stimulation, accupressure, walking, skipping, jumping, dancing, bumpy car rides, swinging on swings, eating basil and Chinese food, and taking fiber...does anyone have any advice? I am extremely bloated and uncomfortable and my hormones and anxiety over when it will happen are driving me crazy! My doctor says its its very safe for him to be born whenever my labor starts. My daughter was born at 36 weeks and extremely healthy...just want to get this thing started before I lose my mind...can anyone help please??

    • moon-mommy 4 years ago

      Am I the only one who read this to make a list of things to avoid early labour lol

      I'm only 33 weeks and lost my mucus plug so since my life is very active (I have a 5 year old) I used this list to try not to add any extra things to my life style/food that could speed things up.

    • jandjs mom 4 years ago

      im 35 weeks and contractin and dialatin but not enough to have her yet any suggestions on how i could speed up the proccess

    • courtney48 4 years ago

      i am 38 weeks with pressure in my bottom not contractions up front, having signs labor is coming soon... i have a history of small 5 pound babies so im looking at everything NOT to do i want this baby to stay as long as possible for every ounce counts... my second arrived the day before her due date and was still only 5 pounds any suggestions on how to "postpone" labor other then bed rest (realistically isn't practical with 2 girls under 5) i just want to give him the very best chance at weight since my second was to term and is currently on a feeding tube....

    • shawnna89 4 years ago

      im 38 weeks and this is baby number four. im so ready to get this little one out. all my other children were born before 34 weeks so i was at risk for a premee but for some reason this one doesn't wanna come out. im tired n not used of carryin this long. what can i do sheesh ? im tired

    • Sarah 4 years ago

      Im 38 wks and just so tired of being pregnant!! I think imma go the dancing and exercise route. hopefully that will get things moving :)

    • Rachel Marshall 4 years ago

      I will be 34 weeks in two days and im so ready for my baby boy to be here Im a lil worried cause this is my first baby but other than that im ready :)and I pray to god that all goes well

    • Manda 4 years ago

      I noticed you all saying that the castor oil is not a fun experience, but they say diarrhea helps start contractions.

    • heather 4 years ago

      Hello everyone i am 39 weeks and a few days and im just ready for her to be here...i keep getting contractions all week but i don't move past 1 centimeter so im going to try a few things to see if i cant get it to speed along...

    • Brandy Martin 4 years ago

      Okay when i was pregnant with my first child and was so ready to give birthday so i did the Blue and black Cohosh. I didn't make a tea with it , i mixed it in coke because its so nasty it needed a strong flavored drink to help drink it. i dropped a dropper full or maybe 2 in a half glass of coke 2 times throught the day and within 24 hours my water broke .

    • Gwenssoon2bmommy 4 years ago

      Been in early labor a week now. Have an appointment in 2 days. Im supposedly 35 weeks but i think my due date is off (didn't know my lmp and had a late u.s.). Having terrible hip pain! Went to the hospital and was/am having contractions but with no progress. I am 1 cm. And 70% effaced. Tried walking and it made my legs swell and just gave me more pain didn't help the contractions get closer but a little stronger. Im just in a lot of pain. The doctor said i would feel discomfort but not pain. I think shes coming soon but gonna try sex. I understand im not "full term" according to the doctors but i believe the edd was wrong and tht i am at least 36 weeks if not further. The baby dropped and walking did help her get down a little further buuuut now that my legs are swollen i cant really comfortably walk to try to speed things up. Im takin it easy still and just want to see if i can help my body and my baby. I really think its best if she comes within the week but its up to my baby so im not trying anything too drastic. Anyone else in the same boat as me? Anyone have this experience and have tips or suggestions? Please help. My hips and legs hurt so bad i would rather have it amputated with no anesthesia than to deal with this pain. Also cant sleep and have been having loose bowel movements. :(

    • Tiffany121010 4 years ago

      I'm 35weeks and I'm dilated to 2 and I'm 85% efaced if not more, this is my first baby. Should I do any of these natural inductions? I'm having some contractions. Advice ?!

    • Crystal 5 years ago

      I am 34 weeks with my first child. I hope to have a beautiful, healthy girl. I must say that I agree with most of you. The pain, pressure, and discomfort are not fun. For each of us it is different(for some it is much worse than others). I am hopeful that she will be here within the next 4 weeks!

    • misspeaches 5 years ago

      Im 36w5d with my first child I have been having contractions @ 4 mins apart for almost 3 weeks now im dilated 2 1/2 cm's and my cervixs are 50%....Im so miserable and everyone is pushing for me to go ahead and have her. I wouldn't mind having her now but I don't want to rush anything I would never be able to forgive myself if there was something wrong caused by my wanting to rush. SOoooo is it safe to try anything at this point considering the processes has started or should i hang on as long as i can??? A lil more info: I do zumba,walk and climax quite regularly but this has been my whole pregnancy could that be why this process is takin so long or going a lil at a time?

    • beckett mommy 3 5 years ago

      38 weeks this wednesday. i am totally swollen (starting to gain a significant amt of water weight), baby is LOW, at 2cm last week and thin...hope this doc visit i will be farther along!!! this is my third sore, crampy, and exhausted. trying evening primrose oil (again) but not expecting much. walking seems to cause the most discomfort, so i suppose i will try to keep it up. can't wait for it to be over with!

    • Elizabeth 5 years ago

      I am 38 weeks and 3 days... I am so uncomfortable I cant walk i cant sleep I am at 1 cm and holding for the past 3 weeks! and i have 4 little ones i cant take care of because i cant function. i took castor oil i tried sex ihave eatin spicy food i had 2 enemas at the hospital. My whole body is swolen!(my feet my legs my hands even my face) I am losing circulation in my legs and arms and hands. I get tingling sensations in my feet hands and face all the time. The baby is about 9 pounds already! what can i do to go into labor or tell the doctor so the will induce me? PLEASE HELP!!!

    • slim 5 years ago

      I'm 36 weeks and I ready to have my baby what to do

    • josh 5 years ago

      all great info. will try with my wife

    • MommaOF2Boys 5 years ago

      I would not recommend castor oil, I took it a day or two before I went into labor and all it did was lube up my intestine after labor and pushed out everything from the wrong end that wasn't reay to come out :/

    • Alicia 5 years ago

      I'm currently 37wk and 3days. Today I decided to try castor oil since walking up and down stairs and sex have not worked, not to mention I walk everyday. Anywho the castor oil only gave me horrible cramps and diarrhea, I went to the hospital anyway because the cramps were so bad but, was sent hom because I am still at 1centimeter and posterior which is what I was at last week for my dorctors visit. Something has to give because I am extremely uncomfortable.

    • yadira cervantes 5 years ago

      i try the castor oil and let me tell you that it does work... i did it with my second child, well my neighbor gave it to me, cause she was tierd of watching me suffer, thats what she said, so i took it and that same day i went into labor, i had tryed everything from sex to walking for hours and nothing work but the oil...

    • that70schic 5 years ago

      I think it's sad how judgmental some of you are. Everyone is different and some women have extremely hard times while being pregnant. I am 38 weeks and just found out I my liver is not functioning correctly because of the hormones of pregnancy. As a result, I have severe itching, almost stinging sensations all over my body all the time. It is impossible to sleep, to get comfortable, even to wear clothes. I am miserable!! I am trying to induce labor, not because I'm "selfish," but because I can not function normally on daily basis. If you are blessed with an easy pregnancy then congradulations, but until you have walked in someone else's shoes, don't be so quick to judge.

    • Redheads02 5 years ago

      At 38w5d I was miserable with my first and took a few big gulps of castor oil and walked, that night I started having contractions and had him the following evening, 7lbs 8oz and perfectly healthy. My second she came 3 days early after I was feeling miserable once again and so I took some more castor oil and did some walking and once again by the next afternoon she came to join us at a healthy 8lbs 15oz. I am currently 32w with my 3rd child and they are already telling me that if I go completely full term that she will be over 9lbs so the dr is talking about inducing me early. You can feel when you and baby are ready to deliver and both times the nasty castor oil worked for me. So we will see if I even have to take it with this one, I would much rather take castor oil then be medically induced. Good luck to all the future moms out there!!

    • Jenn 5 years ago

      I am only 38 weeks and while I would love baby to come on his or her own terms, my midwife is concerned about intrauterine growth restriction because my baby measured at 35 weeks in an ultrasound at 37 weeks. She now wants to induce me, and while I am sure the chemicals will make my body respond, I'd rather steer clear of all medical intervention. I think baby is fine and I am thinking about refusing to be induced, but just in case they get all bully-ish on me and try to force the issue, I am working some accupressure points (i'm a massage therapist) and doing some extra research. Look out spleen 6!

    • 1stTimeMommy 5 years ago

      38wks today and I'm just plum tired...Anything to get this thing started I'm on it...Strangest thing I've yet to even experience any contractions either!

    • lunarangel90 5 years ago

      I am 37 (almost 38) weeks along and already waiting for my lil one to be here. My Dr. told me I am already dilated 1cm and softening so it shouldn't be much longer. She will be my first born and my mother is coming from 19 hours away for the holidays in hope that I have her while I am here. Our family has always wanted a Christmas baby and I am hoping I can have one. My due date is Dec 30... but I want to try and have her before then. I know waiting a few extra days wouldn't hurt... but I really want my mom to be there with me. Soo I am going to try a couple of these in a few weeks and pray one of them works... Best of luck to all you other mothers out there and try to enjoy your holidays!

    • Gaboretty 5 years ago

      Camomile tea helps

    • Georgia-Peach85 5 years ago

      im 38 weeks pregnant and swollen in my hands legs and feet i have so much back pain and i cant get comfy anywhere im so sick of being pregnant but yet so scared to have this baby natural like i did with my daughter the doctors wont listen and seems to not care im ready to put myself into labor instead of waiting on this one to let me know he is ready man i cant wait to get started on this

    • Rebecca 5 years ago

      Baby 1 water broke on own and had without meds, baby 2 water broke with nipple stimulation, had without meds, baby 3 nothing worked and had to be induced...had him without meds as well. This baby is coming early...going to start all these wonderful things next week to get it going on my own..lots of eggplant because I contract each time I eat has dropped, cervix is now anterior and all I need is a good bounce! Can't wait!!!

    • jaxtonsmommy 5 years ago

      Listen before my pregnancy I was n a severe accident. Broke 16+ bones and messed up several organs. My pregnancy was a huge surprise but iv been on bed rest since day one and contractions for goin on 2mths. I'm 35weeks and the baby should be here within the week. If not they're gonna schedule a c section because I was too squished for actual labor. Don't judge what u don't know!!!!!!!

    • Hope25 5 years ago

      I am 8 days overdue and tomorrow scheduled to induce the labor. All my previous - 4 children were overdue nbut come by themselves. I would prefere this one to come naturally as well. So I am going for a walk and if nothing gonna happen till tomorrow, still I have to go to hospital.

    • JaidensMum 5 years ago

      I was induced with my daughter 8yrs ago. Here I am once again 38 weeks pregnant with my 2nd daughter. About 2-1/2 yrs ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I also have polycystic ovaries. For the last month I have had to go to weekly ultrasounds. I must continue to go until the baby is born. I'm not old, but I'm no spring chicken anymore either. I find that I am much more tired then the first time. Lately, all I ever want to do is sleep. It's very difficult to rest when my daughter is seeking and NEEDING my attention as well (there are no kids around here for her to play with). My hubby works nights so I'm basically a single parent 4-5 days/week.

      Bottom line - I am SO ready to have this baby. She is over 7lbs now. My first was 7lbs 7-1/2 oz. I'm glad this one isn't turning out to be a 10 pounder!! But I am ready for so many reasons. I will try simply walking but I'm guessing that I will be medically induced again within the next few weeks.

      Best of luck to all of you!! God Bless.

    • 1momresearcher 5 years ago

      ladies who are concerned about late/early babies: even with all our technology, the best guesses of doctors are still possibly a week if not two weeks off- a span of time that can make a great deal of difference to a growing fetus. my doctors have wanted to induce me twice (for medical reasons they discounted the following week) so at 40+ weeks i thought i'd see what i might do. still i am inclined to believe that while many women were doing these things, your body will go into labor when it and baby are ready and not before. bottom line: relax!!! bear in mind that it is possible that your doctor was wrong about your due date, so before 38 weeks it may not be safe to attempt induction. take a deep breath, have a cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy the truly amazing experience of growing a person!

    • dssmom 5 years ago

      1. First of all , don't judge. I have a medical backround... baby comes when they come, but most of this stuff is harmle


      Especially if baby not ready. Quit calling people selfish, every person different, every pregnancy is different for everyone.

    • mamaof3 5 years ago

      You're baby will come when they are ready. You can try to induce all you want, but without a medical induction it wont happen until it is meant to be. You should still be careful though. I know when I got pregnant (3rd baby) I am "38" weeks, and she just does not want to come out. I feel for ya, but we gotta deal until they are ready.

    • Mamaof2 5 years ago

      For all of you who are questioning if its a good idea its probably not, I had my son at 37 1/2 weeks and my daughter 3 days early. I am not against these suggestions but unless your doctor gives you the ok to try some I wouldn't until at least 38 weeks. Just my opinion to each their own.

    • waitinonmybabyboy 5 years ago

      momma of 4 sounds like you need to hurry and have ur baby your hormones are out of wack for you to get on here having a fit about someone that wants to have their baby.i am 36 wks and ready as ever and have tried everything my dr says my baby already weighs 7 lbs if not you have fun waiting and when you cant deliver the 10 lb baby u decided to patiently wait for don't be crying on the forums.not only that did you know ur baby since its past due date is at more risk for meconium which can be fatal.i know alot of moms because they or their docs decided to wait till even a few days after their due date had babies that passed away.sad but true.i would rather have mine a couple weeks early than a few days late and not have the risks that you do. sorry for being blunt but you were really rude to say that to anyone.

      thanks and god bless you and your child

    • Proudnana 5 years ago

      Mommaof4...not all women experience pregnancy the same. For you to be as patient as you are is a good thing, but don't say someone make you sick because they are ready for their child to arrive. My daughters third pegnancy was horrible for her, and she was always in pain...she too is a human being...tried the nipple stimulation and delivered my grandson at 38 weeks 7lb 12oz

    • Mommaof4 5 years ago

      Some if you people make me sick! I am 42 weeks pregnant and and patiently waiting for my baby to arrive and some of you are 36 weeks and are wanting to rush your babies out! Let your baby grow inside! Get over it, you are growing a human being and should not rush what God created. That's all.

    • Kendall98 5 years ago

      I am about 38 weeks and already 3 cms. dilated. I am scheduled to be induced the 22nd, however I'd prefer if he was here a little sooner. What worked best for you?

    • keety (^_^)* 5 years ago

      i am 34 weeks prego with my second baby and have severe swelling border line pre-eclampsia! i had my first baby (my son) at 34 weeks which was suposedly caused by my reoccurant kidney infections. Im seeing a specialist tomorrow to see if they will induce me at 37 weeks as they think there will be too many complications if i carry her full term. I really want to have a normal natural birth so does anyone know if it may be too early to try and bring her out? i was thinking of waiting until i am 37 weeks to try castor oil as it seems to be quite effective for most ladies and have started taking raspberry leaf tea already!

    • Bond007 5 years ago

      Ok, I'm preggs with baby #3 in 3 years I'm 37 weeks and 2 days. 4cm and 80%. I was at 2cm and 75% for almost 2 mo. I am soooo over it! I am doing everythig. The primrose oil, Raz. tea, walking, and jogging. I will start the lunges, nipple stimulation and orgasm...Hmmm, this may be more fun than I We'll see what happends....

    • seairra 5 years ago

      I am 39 weeks and 6 days.I will be 40 weeks tomorrow. i have not felt any contractions and the baby is still kinda high not too low. im ready for him to come out today or next few days or so.i hope i go in labor i want too soo bad.i will try squats and walking up and down stairs to progress this labor.

    • kelly79 5 years ago

      im 39 weeks with my 4th child and i tried castor oil with all of them and it worked a treat but ive now been to buy some but all the chemist an health food stores have told me they don't sell it anymore as its too brutal!!!! does anyone nowhere i can get some from?

    • Steph 5 years ago

      OMG i am 38 weeks with my second and i'm losing my mind. My first is a hyperactivie little boy. You would think all the walking running and chasing up the steps i do would induce me. I've tried squats, belly dancing(akward), walking, jogging. My friend when i was pregnant with my son told me to try doing lunges 10 seconds per side for 10 reps each and the next day i went into labor, no pain or anything. Just a hint.

    • joanne 5 years ago

      im 39 weeks and 4 days im sooo fed up of waiting now i have tryed most of theses tips,,,, tbh i think baby will just come when he/shes ready.

    • Mellie :) 5 years ago

      Im 36 weeks and DYING to have my baby!!! Just wanted to know if it was to early to start some of these suggestions for labor to get started???

    • alicia 5 years ago

      i had my 1st child at 36 weeks from having sex although it wasn't planned that way. with my 2nd i was 3 days over due so i tried everything from sex to walking up & down stairs. the only thing that worked is castor oil. im 35 & 1/2 weeks w/ my 3rd so ill let u knw what works this time.

    • Leah El Preggo 5 years ago

      Hi ladies! To those who are first timers, unfortunately there's a good chance you will be overdue. I was over two weeks late when I got induced and we tried EVERYTHING! I walked for two or three hours every day for a month, burned my tastebuds off, drank some nasty concoctions and nothing. The good news is that labour seems to go much much faster when you're induced! From the first labour pain to the time my son came out to the world was a grand total of 7 hours. My contractions started at 2 1/2 minutes apart, pushing took 20 minutes. Many of my friends had relatively the same experiences. Labour started and baby was out within 8 hours for all of us. Word to the wise, keep away from epidurals, they slow the process down. Morphine DOES NOT help with contraction pain, it just helps relax you in between. I'm on my second pregnancy now, sitting at 36 weeks. I've just decided to accept she'll come when she comes. ENJOY the quiet time you have left. You may want baby to come out into the world, but once she's out, there's no putting her back! Go out on a couple of dates with your baby daddy, relax, enjoy the quiet. It's the last time it will just be you two for the next 18 years.

    • Lisa 5 years ago

      I am 2 days overdue and this is my first pregnancy. I have been sick for the duration and my arthritis is excruciating. I want my little girl out of me but to be honest I am so tired and so scared of labour I'm not sure I'll be able to handle it. Can't wait for this to be over.

    • Schoe 5 years ago

      I will be 42 weeks tomorrow and have induction scheduled for Monday. I have tried almost everything in the last few days (except will not touch castor oil). Sex seems to cause constant period type cramps which hopefully means that something productive is happening. Nothing else seems to be making much of a difference but will be re-trying everything again today. Really don't want to be medically induced!

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      Susannah Birch 5 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Michelle, you have nearly two full weeks to go! I really wouldn't be worried just yet, you're not even overdue and there's a very good chance that you'll go into labour before your induction.

    • Michelle 5 years ago

      I am 39 weeks and 4days and am scheduled to be induced at 41 1/2 weeks. I have been 1 cm dialated and 60% effaced for 7weeks now. This is baby number 1 I have tried walking squats sex and doing things on hands and knees such as cleaning tub and nothing works I've been having contractionsfor 3 days straight and still no baby. I'm so ready but nothing works and I really don't want to be induced. Any ideas? Thanks

    • Lac 5 years ago

      I am on baby boy number 3. My first son was 2 weeks over due, 2nd son 3 days over due. Sex, walking or working didn't help! I enoyed reading all the comments, I agree woman before 38 weeks really should becareful. dr can be wrong on due dates! I am 38 weeks and 1 day. I think im going to try the tea, I have lots of pressure, dialed to 1. (just quit working to enjoy some much needed time with my older children) and of course relax! :-)

    • Jess 5 years ago

      This is my second pregnancy and so far it has been awful I am 37 and 5 I got a drs appointment in the morning I have been having contractions ever since my two year old fell on me and cracked my rib 4 weeks ago my baby is ok but I have been completely miserable since I was a little over 2 cm and about 70% effaced and I have done so much this past week including a very bumpy carriage ride they are getting stronger and closer together I am so ready to see my little girl I tried castor oil and sex with my son and two days later they had to induce me at 39 weeks also this pregnancy has been hell because I h as had so many complications I have been to the hospital about 30 times this pregnancy and it has sucked mostly for severe migraines twice for early labor I am sooooooooo ready to my little girl

    • Aubrey'sMomee 5 years ago

      Im 37 weeks 2 days prego and I feel my daughter and first born will come anytime, and even though I am nervous I'm going to start several of these now! Daddy and I want to see her beautiful face, love you Aubrey!

    • Angelo's mommy  5 years ago

      Thanks ladies, reading your input has me so excited to meet my baby boy! I still have 7 weeks left and CAN'T WAIT!! But i really can lol everyone is so excited to meet my son :D Some people say i look like im ready to pop any day. I guess we'll wait and see, GOOD LUCK to everyone! :)

    • ready2pop 5 years ago

      For all you first time moms. Take it easy. You are most likely overdue because your body is so tense. RELAX! You will be so busy, and really sleep deprived once this baby is born that you need to keep all of this in perspective. Women have been having babies for centuries (even without doctors help) and your baby will come when it's READY. Think of it like baking a cake!

    • readytopop 5 years ago

      I need help bad. I'm 6 days over due and the doc wants to induce since they have stopped my labor twice already I'm scared that it will hurt if they induce. I'm also have c-sections but they won't cut till my water breaks. I have tried castor oil, walking, sex, and bouncing on a birth ball but nothing is working. The contractions start then stop after a few hours. Any ideas to help

    • jenbunny 5 years ago

      37 weeks today and am absolutely miserable. have 3 boys and 1 girl at home. this has been the worst pregnancy ever and just want her out.

    • meistermummy 5 years ago

      I couldn't agree with you more, SkeptiMommy! I am 39 weeks and 3 days as the moment and whilst I find the majority of the methods amusing and harmless, I would never resort to using herbal methods of any kind. I was 2 weeks late with my first baby and suspect the same will happen again. Frankly, pregnancy is no picnic for anybody but it does not last forever and should be cherished. We all know people who would love to experience pregnancy and child birth but are unable to - be grateful ladies! As for those women who are not get at full term and considering induction - GET A LIFE! Let's face it, the baby will come when it's ready!

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      SkeptiMommy 5 years ago

      I think we have different opinions on informed. I base my information on scholarly journals, research, and statistical analysis. While I absolutely agree that attempting natural induction is a personal choice, I do believe the misinformation preys upon the women desperate enough to try anything. Most of these methods have not been "proven" to work and as a woman who studies childbirth and herbology, I cringe at some of the recommendations on this list- especially the herbs listed without the correct information. No one should self administer herbs- especially pregnanct women- incorrect use can trigger toxicity. For example, Blue cohosh is no longer recommended by herbalists- it is contraindicated in pregnancy/labor because of the risk of fetal hypoxia and cardiac problems.

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      Susannah Birch 5 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      SkeptiMommy, you'll find it's still one of the most informed and complete lists online. As mentioned in the first few lines, it's a personal decision and by the end of the pregnancy most women have become desperate to try anything.

      Due warnings have been posted, along with as much information as is available on the different methods. Since no testing has ever been done, and most methods have ever been proven concretely to work or not work (although I'd argue castor oil has, along with S&S) this is one of the best pieces available on the topic.

      As I'm sure you know, pregnancy and birth are a different experience for every woman. So even if one method was proven to work 55% of the time, it stay won't work all the time. The same applies to to how much of something will induce labor.

      What about medical induction methods? They're invasive and many times they don't work, leading to caesarians and other interventions. At least these methods are non-invasive and for the most part, safe.

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      SkeptiMommy 5 years ago

      Opinionated, but not informative. There is no research or scientific data to support any of these- also, most of your methods are lacking clear, precise instructions, measurements, especially concerning herb use.

    • Cheryl 5 years ago

      Well, I'm 38 weeks today. My blood pressure has been on the rise ever since 36 weeks. I'd like to go to at least 39-40 weeks (even though I'm terribly uncomfortable already) but, if my blood pressure keeps rising I think it would be best to get her out sooner than later. This is my first baby. I've had losses before so that's why my baby's health is number one. Thanks for all the information

    • Kim 5 years ago

      I am 39wks 5days pregnant and this is baby number 4. I am beyond ready to have this baby of mines. I have try everything so dar to have him. Castrol Oil and I throw it up. Walking and sex. Even try jumping up and down. lol I am hot miserable and so ready to have the baby. Sometimes I feel like pulling my hair out. my Doctor says that I am only 1-2 dilated and cervix is very thick. I am going to give some of this methods a try and pray that they however works. I am so ready but to the other mom i hope it goes well and your baby come soon.

    • caz 5 years ago

      im 38wks plus been in early stages for over a week its been bad pregnancy from begining to end im getting to the stage i don't no if il have energy when he does decide to make an apearence just read all the tips there not got the energy but im gonna gee a few of them a god damn good try,good luck to all u other suffering mums to be all we can do is consintrate on prize at the end,

    • Amy 5 years ago

      I am almost 39 weeks, and have been one c.m dialated for two weeks now and with no contractions. but I m still going to try some of these methods for sure. Thanks for the tips!

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      Susannah Birch 5 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Amelia's Mommy, I'd recommend you reading my complete guide on castor oil before making a decision about it. If you click on the word castor oil in the list above it will take you to the guide. I personally induced with it and had a perfect labor. Good luck!

    • amelia's mommy  5 years ago

      hi ladies, im 38 wks+4 days with my second ,, this time its a boy ,, iv tried everything appart from castor oil wich i have been advised not to use as it can seep into the babys lungs ,, do any of you have any more remedies as im getting very frustrated because my daughter came at 36+6 weeks :( help!!!

    • Mayra 5 years ago

      try a tea of whole cumins to get dialated fast

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      tasksgirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Wow I didn't know there were so many ways! Thanks for the information. Anything natural is always best!

    • Emily S 5 years ago

      i came here looking for ways to jumpstart labor (at 39 wk day) and I also read the previous comments. I got to thinking, every one of these women who also couldn't wait to go into labor have 4 mo. olds, 3 mo. olds, etc by now. Just goes to show they can't stay in there forever! Funny to think that right now it seems like I'm counting every day, every hour waiting for my little girl, but when I look back months from now, this wait will seem like nothing. Thanks for putting things into perspective ladies! That said, I'm going to scrub my tub on my hands and knees :)

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      Ez Kay 5 years ago

      Well organized and interesting piece of work which is well organized.

    • MICHELLE 5 years ago

      I'M 40weeks and 2 days . . although I've had a great pregnancy these last few weeks have been horrible. I've been 1cm dilated and 50% effaced for 4weeks, I've been having contractions but too far apart for over a week . . I am so ready . .. I've walked, I've done squats, I've cleaned ,had bumpy car rides, I've had spicy food and nothing . .friends have suggested Castor Oil . . . a little reluctant because of the possible effects on the baby . . hmm what to do? I'm ready to pull her out myself . . .

    • alisha 5 years ago

      hello all. today is my due date and i am soooo ready to have my little boy in my arms. ive had spinal fusion 8 years back so a epidural or spinal is now out of the question with that being said my doctor is trying everything in her power not to have me induced for the pain will be very intense. i haven't tried any of these because im much too scared that i may harm the baby but i did get my membrane stripped today. crossing my fingers that that does the trick but we will see...if not im scheduled for induction on monday. wish me luck!!!

    • shell 5 years ago

      I am 39 weeks today! :) I was 11 days overdue with my little boy bt he was well wprth the wait, I don't agree with the ladies tryin to induce therselves wen ther not full term!think of your baby. They will all come when the ready,and old enough too! Good luck eveybody & be patient

    • sandy 5 years ago

      im 37 weeks and a day im huge and my sugar is very high the baby only getting bigger i don't want to be cut i have 3 children with out that i want them to induce my labor but they refuse to im like so scared

    • vicky 5 years ago

      im 40w1d and am fed up now ive been told i have to wait til the 20th to be induced unless i start naturally,don't think that will happen as i went a day over with my daughter and 11 days with my son.Im having a boy this time so will probably go til the 20th going to try walking up and down the stairs and the exercise ball i think

    • amber 5 years ago

      im 35 weeks with my 2nd little boy! i had my first boy at 35 weeks he was 6.12 and 20 inches long we went home the nexr day i used castor oil and it worked i put 4 tbls in a scrambled egg around 11 pm Contractions started at 12 went to L&D at about 8 had him at 4:44 pm! I hope this one will come out soon with out any help...i just wish my water would break right now!!!

    • FirstTimeMummy 5 years ago

      i'm 41 weeks 1 day and NOT dialated at all.. i'm doing self acupressure, self hypnosis, sex, exercising and eating heaps of spicy food (though baby may be immuned coz i eat it all the time). My doctor wont let me wait any longer than 42 weeks whereas i've been stern on the fact that i want a completely natural birth. i'm a hypnobirthing mother to-be and believe in it with my soul. getting a bit impatient coz i've the world calling husband and i asking of baby is out yet.. very stressful, since we want her out just as much as they do..

      i suppose patience is a virtue but we can only take so much.. doctor is giving me till the 6th but i want her to come in her own time.

    • My2ndbaby 5 years ago

      Well I am 37 weeks and have been ready since the begining. This is my 2nd baby both are girls, I am so ready for her to come out. She is already behind my pubic bone as told and seen in my ultrasound yesterday. I am thinning out and I feel like she is trying to dig herself out ( In literal terms ). I have been to LAD once already and they said they will see me in 2 weeks to have this baby. I have done the rocking on all glider footstool on all fours and walked, sex, orgasms is a plus too, massages, and I live in the bathtub as wellfor the pain and relaxing. Everything is working for me slowly but it is working. 1 more week from when I was in LAD and they said they would see me to have my 2nd princess. So we will see. Can't wait!!!!

    • Zoyla 5 years ago

      My due date was 5 days ago, I'm only 3 cm .. I'm really hoping to see my lil boy soon, I know he will come when he's ready. =]

    • nicole 5 years ago

      I am 38 weeks tomorrow and I am 1 cm dialated hoping that something works I can't stand the back pain anymore

    • Ashley M 5 years ago

      IM SOOOOOO READY to have my daughter, im 37 weeks and 4 days. Just found out today im 1cm dialated so now im really really anxious, been trying the sex, walking, and excersize ball. Lets hope something starts working and SOON!!

    • Tabatha 5 years ago

      with my first I used Castor oil had my daughter 6 hours after at 37 weeks. With my second had a sweep at 36 weeks at 930 am water broke at about 9 pm.

    • Haley 5 years ago

      40 weeks, 2 days now. I'm scheduled to be induced in three days and am a little worried. My first was induced, second came on naturally, and I don't really want to be induced again. Am going to try the stairs and the bouncing on the ball, but don't want to try herbs. Was thinking of requesting a sweep? As of two days ago I was dilated 2cm and 50% effaced. I am not having regular contractions *sigh*!! We'll see what happens :)

    • tara f 5 years ago

      hailey jaymes is almost here

    • erin 5 years ago

      i have tried a few of these. My daughter has been in launch position for 6 weeks (the doctor has poked her in the head every time I get my cervix checked-- she has been that low for that long!) For the past month I've felt like I have a 7lb softball trying to escape my pelvis, but no contractions or breaking water!!! We have tried the different foods, sex, massages, walking, stairs... unless you are already in labor, none of these really work. They help progress labor, but not induce it. :o( my due date is in 3 days and I am soooo ready, I can't even get out of bed! This is my second daughter, my first was born at 37 weeks after about 8 hours from first contraction to happy birthday!! (I got an epidural right away, fell asleep for 6 hours, then was woken up by the nurse and pushed for 20 min! Why is this second one such a lil stubborn brat!)

    • 45 IN AROUND 5 years ago

      I am due tomorrow. Been in beginning labor for 2 weeks! 3rd child on the way. 22 month old waning me to hold her so bad. But I can't cause the pain in my back/hip from a sideways baby is killin me. Went into hospital a week ago. 10 hrs of labor,they sent me home cause of position of baby.Tols me to sleep. I am so tired and I am tired of having contractions that do nothing except put more prsure on my hip, back and side... :0(

    • brittany 5 years ago

      im 34 weeks im completely miserable, this is my second child i went in to labor 3 being only 5 months along and every since then ive had contractions all the time i don't sleep cant get comfy and i feel as if i had a saddle between my legs. I am constantly on my feet running up and down stairs chasing my 1 1/2 year old. I hope some of these other tips work for me because i am going insane.

    • Becca 5 years ago

      I'm 40 weeks and 4 days. Jesus please help this baby to come soon! I don't want to be induced.

    • dassel 5 years ago

      am 37weeks pregnant n down with malaria, it can be so fustrating

    • laura 5 years ago

      babies come when there ready. stop stressing everyone . do you really think pineapple or basil is going to bring on your labour?

    • Krista 5 years ago

      My due date was yesterday..

      I've been having complications since the first of this year.

      Fourth pregnancy..

      I've been induced with all my kids..but this doctor/midwife doesn't want to induce me..

      at 34 weeks the baby was 4 lbs..

      I'm hoping some of these things work.

      cuz i don't get sleep anymore and im having contractions but not getting anywhere with them.

    • lucy 5 years ago

      I am 38.weeks I am so ready.for this baby to be born

    • Danielle 5 years ago

      I am 36wks with number 3, ITS A BOY!!! I am dialated to 4.5cm and thinned out.. I cant wait to finally be able to hold him. I have been having so much pressure in my vag since 25wks, hes still somewhat active, but not as much as he was before. I have tried cleaning, walkin , the ball, sex, pickin up my 2 and 3 yr olds, squatting,castor oil.. I haven't got anywhere yet..

    • stephaniem 5 years ago

      just everyone remember all our bodies are different so it might not work for someone but it could work for you

    • jackie 5 years ago

      I'm 37 weeks with my first child. My son is about 8 pounds already and my doctor has ordered me to stay active... I am a very small framed person, and my son is being extremly stubborn! I've tried dancing, cleaning, and I've been walking around on my feet all day, I'm having some contractions, so maybe a little bit longer! Cross your fingers!!!!!

    • Hayley 5 years ago

      Hi all I've tryed nearly everythin I'm 40+1 n really fed up n tired n still throwin up 2. just hope my princess hurrys up. Gl all xxx

    • Anastasia 5 years ago

      im 37 weeks and 3 days i have tried so much things. this is driving me nuts ive been sick for three months and im ready to have my little girl in my arms. i have contractions at night and then day time i don't but my belly hurts.. idk what to do anymore im gonna try to dance and get on all four i cross my fingers it works my nurse says i should have her any day now so i hope so if sooner then better for me!=) wish me luck and i wish everyone else luck and lots of joy with there munchkins!=)

    • Ashley K 5 years ago

      I am 36 weeks 2 days with my baby girl and have gone into pre term labor and contractions since 25 weeks pregnant I am ready for her to be here but would LOVE to make it to at least 37 weeks. I do not want to go over due at this point!

    • Ashley 5 years ago

      I am 36 weeks and 3 days pregnant with my first baby, and I am so ready for him to get here. The way I have heart burn this kid had better have a full head of hair!! I can't wait to hold my little man and I really don't want to be in labor when my husband's stupid friend flies in on the freaking due date!!

    • sammi 5 years ago

      Literally tried every single thing. Nothing works. 40+ weeks.

    • Gabi 5 years ago

      I turned 30weeks 2day and I cant wait to meet my son. He is my first baby. My sister will be here when I turn 36weeks but only for a week because she goes to school out of state. So we're hoping my son will come while she is here or even before then. If he isn't here by the time she gets here I'm sure going to be trying some of these the week she is here. :)

    • anth89 5 years ago

      hi, MARY i know exactly how you feel. I am only 6 and a half months and I have a two year old and one year old, i feel anxious about everything. so worried about having time for all three, also being my third its really taken its toll on my body absolutely everything hurts though it is all worth it in the end....

    • aubrey 5 years ago

      Its my first baby my due date is in 3 days i've tried walking for hours,exercising,a bumpy car ride and castor oil a total of three times 1st 1 tablespoon 2nd and 3rd 2 oz my doctor can't tell if i'm dialated my cervix is to high and far back my baby's being so stubborn i think i'm going to try and dance or try the ball

    • Amy 6 years ago

      My due date was on the 17th but still nothing now!!During the week-end I was walking and climbing stairs but once i stop walking the contraction stop!!I'm too afraid to try those technics. We have tried sex and orgasm but nothing!!lol

    • Stephani 6 years ago

      These tips look very helpful. All you mommas should look into getting a doula (if you don't know what it is google it. And keep informed about the medical non truths out there. Happy Birthing!

    • Jessica 6 years ago

      I am 37 weeks. I have gone into early labor twice now. I went into labor at 31 weeks n the hospital stoped it and sent me home, then I just went into labor on the 14th of this month and the hospital sent me home again except this time they sent me home still in labor. I have now been going threw this labor since then and I am desperate for help. I cant take this anymore so please if anyone has any ideas on how I can move this along I would greatly appriceat it.

    • kim@baby#6 6 years ago

      This is my 6th baby and it is a boy! I have 5 girls and has never been so miserable during a pregnancy in my life! With so many complications during this pregnancy and now finding out that I have group b strep I'm now afraid to even try anything to make me go into labor too soon or to rush it! But I want him out of me and now! I'm almost 39 weeks!

    • kim 6 years ago

      38weeks really ready to meet my little boy now got a girl age 5.cant walk put 4stone on.

    • mary 6 years ago

      I'm just 7months n I am so so ready for him to just come out I really hate the way he makes me feel I can't do anything then to top it off I have a 1year old help me

    • mz tyes  6 years ago

      Om 37 weeks 3days 2cm dilated been at a 2 since (32weeks) 80% thinned out....Ive tried pretty much all of these and nothing ill be 38 weeks Monday hoping to go in labor by then, tonight or like NOW : -)

    • vicky 6 years ago

      im 34 weeks this is my third baby and im really scared as my son was 10lb 11oz n i don't want a big baby again but i look like im having twins i really do hope 1 of these work n soon as walking is hard work now

    • brittany 6 years ago

      i am 37 wks an been dilated 3cm for almost 3 wks now she is in the canal an my contractions are stayin at 5-10 i tried the walkin, squating,jogging/running, picking up on my 1yr old son i was put on bed rest for awhile but now im off an trying to do anyting i can im not able to sleep at night i live in the tub with warm water i have been so missurable for the past few weeks an cant take anymore

    • Kayla 6 years ago

      Today is my due date, i m so ready to have my baby boy it is my first. am dilated 3 cm and thined out! I have been sick though my hole pregnacy so i m willing to try any thing! Going to try all the active ways walking around, up and down the stairs. getting on all fours dancing!

    • Rachael 6 years ago

      Im 39 wks 2 days with my second child, 1st had a boy now its a girl :D nd ive been feeling pressure now for a week, really fed up of waiting just want to meet my lil princess now lol ive tryed hot curry, birthing ball, pineapple, sex, walking...nd still nothing, im due on 15th...gunna try a few of these wish me luck :D

    • Spree 6 years ago

      I am 37 wks 3 days and I am already 3cm dilated plus almost all the way thinned out..i want my little man out of me!! I try taking baths alot...doesn't seem to be helping too much but hopefully the walking and dancing and kneeling on the floor will help move him along, lol! I'm so ready to have him in my arms. Oh and I have been cramping all day since I woke up....cross your fingers!

    • Hayley 6 years ago

      Hi all I'm 36 weeks. I went over 2 weeks with my 1st daughter so gonna start n try some of these. Gonna go n get some pineapples n rasperry leaf tea n walk up n down the stairs. Let's see how I get on.

    • Amber 6 years ago

      This is my first. I'm not due till the 14th but I'm really worried that I will need to get induced, I haven't dilated or thinned out, and he or she is still pretty active I'm trying to steer clear of that option(the babies in my family haven't taken well to induction) has anyone heard if the cohosh tea works??

    • Courtney 6 years ago

      So this is my first. A baby boy and I'm at 39 weeks. Can't sleep. ( it's 5 in the morning) I've been contracting when I go on walks but once I stop then they slow down. I walk for like 4 miles though. I'm thinning out but haven't started dilating yet. Hopefully these things help me out. Thanks a bunch!!!

    • Kendra 6 years ago

      i like all the options. I want to try as many as i can. as much as i love the little bugger, he needs to come and meet the world asap! my hips and back pain are preventing me from standing or sitting for more then a few minutes. the doc wants to wait to induce me till im 41 weeks, but id really like the kid to make it out before then. he's got a week to make his mind up! come on baby hurry

    • Kathryn 6 years ago

      I am still debating on what to try first. I am going to be 39 weeks on Saturday and have been having contractions since 36 weeks with little change every week. My last appoinment on Wednesday, I was a little more than a 1cm and have thinned out, but I wish I was more!!! This is the longest I have ever carried a baby. This is baby #4 a girl, which I have 3 boys. I am hoping that I can get something started and have a first New Year's baby!!! I have tried bouncing on a ball and stairs with my second child, and it worked!! So I am keeping hopeful!!!

    • Jasmine 6 years ago

      My due date is tomorrow and I wanted to try a method that I could easily do at home. I'm looking more towards the taking long walks and bouncing on a ball

    • Squishy 6 years ago

      I am due in 4 days. I'm 3cm dialted and 60% effaced. So far I've tried walking, stairs, castor oil, sex, orgasm, spicy food, nipple stimulation, getting on all fours, a bumpy car ride, jumping jacks and galloping this past week. I must have an extremely stubborn baby cuz none of them worked. I guess all I can do is wait, which is easier said than done. :P

    • laura  6 years ago

      My due date is tomorrow, and although everything in my pregnancy has gone wonderfully I can not manage to get comfortable any more. I think I will try the dancing around and bouncing on the ball, wish me luck. And thanks so much for the tips = )

    • Jessica ann hopkins 6 years ago

      im also ready to have baby come out i feel her in my vag and feels like my water might break but i had 3 kids in the past and my water hasn't broke i haven't goten any sleep help i have been siting and playing on the computer and like i said No sleep im going crazy Help what's the best ways for sure

    • amy jo 6 years ago

      Ill be 37 weeks in a few days, Im miserable! Im so ready to have this baby, but im kinda iffy on which ones to try!

    • Tammy 6 years ago

      I am 37 1/2 weeks pregnant with #4 and I am ready for her to come out and meet the world but with Christmas so close I want to wait a few more days. I have tried several of these methods with each of my pregnancies and the only thing that worked successfully was #29. Going up and down the stairs work to start labor for my first but after being in active labor for 3 days and not progressing we opted to try another method...Voila! She was born within 12 hours.

    • Christina 6 years ago

      My 4th baby is due in one week and I was induced all three other times. I'm trying the castor oil again tonight since I only took 1 teaspoon two days ago. I've had steady contractions for 2 days but still nothing. I'm crossing my fingers she come either before or after Christmas....Here we go

    • Lovely 6 years ago

      I have looked at the options. I will be 40 weeks in 3 days. I have pressure and the doctor has advised me to induce labor. I am extremely nervous and hope allowing the doctor to induce my labor is a wise choice.

    • peachez 6 years ago

      i was told today about the rasberry tea, the sperm and the pressure points. im going to try those. about 2 weeks ago my daughter was at 7p. i was only 36 weeks. on the 14th i was only at a 2. i want her out!!

    • Pearlsuna 6 years ago

      With my first son I accidentally caused labor by going christmas shopping, he was born at 32 weeks though he was 5 lbs. My second son, we are at 34 weeks now, and I'm 2 cm but not going anywhere, my doctor says based on measurements and my weight the baby has to be at least 7 lbs! I'm ready for him to be out!

    • mommy2be 6 years ago

      I tried the oregano and basil, it does not work :( I guess ill try another method.

    • krissi 6 years ago

      the doc told me 2 says ago I was 1cm and I have been having long lasting contractions about 2 every hour which isn't much at all. he did tell me to get on my knees and spread them apart like the splits and to just do that for a while to speed things up. I am so glad I came across these I hope one of them work! I am so miserable being pregnant right now, I can't get comfy no matter what

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      Susannah Birch 6 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Wow congratulations, I had no idea! The only thing that worked for me was castor oil, definitely worth it IMO. And I was dilated 0cm just a couple of days before she was born and I dilated 6cm in an hour after I went into labor. So that's nothing to stress about - your body will know when it's ready!

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      Great hub! I'm 39 weeks and 5 days pregnant, so I'm tempted to try some of these tips. I'm so sick of being pregnant lol. At my doctor's appointment, they said I'm dilated 0cm. Blah.

    • sophie 6 years ago

      Raspberry leaf tea worked

      from 34 weeks pregnant

      40 weeks had my son

    • TopUniverse 6 years ago

      Ways to induce labor naturally, sound interesting and elaborate.

    • Anne. 6 years ago

      GREAT List, I have revised a grocery list I am now full term as of three days ago BUT been in non-progressing labour for two weeks where I cant even sleep anymore .Cant wait to get this bugger out and try some of your ideas :D

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      Bluehoop 6 years ago

      Good hub - a while ago since we needed this advice, but my wife was told by her midwife to wash the kitchen floor down on her hands and knees. This is pretty similar to point 17 and it worked, for both of our kids!

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      milenaamr 6 years ago

      Nice hub. Very informative. I didn't know that there are so many ways of inducing labor naturally. Thanks.

    • JUNEBUGG 6 years ago

      Im due to give birth to baby number 5 in 3.5 weeks and I have a broken back, I haven't slep in days and I have been having contractions on and off, I am so uncomfortable that I wake up sobbing because of the pain~~ This last month is going to be awful.

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      Rachael Fields 6 years ago from KC, MO

      Definitely sending this to my sister. Her baby boy has been trying to escape the womb for the last month and the doctors have stopped the labor. Now that it is okay for him to come out, of course he is being stubborn. :P Thanks for the tips!

    • Sara 6 years ago

      I used Black Cohosh, Squaw vine and Spearmint. It tasted terrible, but it did work. But beware when the effects wear off the contractions stop. But by the time that happened, I was in the hospital

      Red Raspberry really increases your milk supply.

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      cbris52 6 years ago

      Very interesting hub! I learned a lot and your writing style is one of a kind! Great work!

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      Spacey Gracey 6 years ago from Essex, UK

      Very interesting hub - I had only heard of a few of these. I went 8 days overdue with ds1. The only thing that worked was resigning myself to an induction, so I decided to put my feet up, let the house get messy because I would have time to do it before the induction, and relax - went into labour about 6 hours later.

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