What are some ways to get labor started naturally???

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Marie - posted on 04/02/2010

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im trying to go in to labour my self im trying everything

Lakesha - posted on 10/19/2012

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With my first walking helped I walked even when I started to hurt the next day she was here. I heard sex helps and the fresh pineapples. I'm 38 weeks with my second and I walked 4 miles yesterday (whew) still haven't went into labor yet

Stormy - posted on 04/02/2010

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When I was pregnant I was told to walk! and I did...I walked ALOT...then someone told me to walk and then ever so often turn around and hop backwards three times! Idk if they were just trying to make me look stupid, but I went out and did that the night before i went into labor. I woke up the next morning and went into labor a 9 am. So idk if it was a coincidence or not...but I did go into labor. Also, something completly natural and any doctor would tell you this, is to have sex! and lots of it! good luck!

Cristin - posted on 04/02/2010

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It's def. sex. The men have pitocin in their semen and that is the same chemical that the placenta releases when it want the uterus to get to work! It might not be pretty or sexy but it will get the job done.

Erica - posted on 04/02/2010

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i tried almost everything.. sex never worked for me. we did almost everyday for a week.. lol i was determined.. i walked n had contractions but they never stayed. i heard spicey food, that dont work. then then night before they induced me i was almost into labor,..So in the end, its best to relax and not try to hard to go into labor.. my son was 1 day late and 8 lbs 4 oz

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Rachael - posted on 04/03/2010

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everyone will tell you hundreds of ways to bring on labour but the bottom line is nothing will it will come when its ready medical research shows that the hormone released during sex can soften the cervix helping bring on labour hence the reason they use this hormone artificially created during induction but that doesnt even nessessarlily work trust me my medical records has me down as a failed induction after being two weeks late after 4 days i had to have c section

Robyn - posted on 04/02/2010

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My boy was a week late - i was so frustrated and uncomfortable (i also had polyhydranios - excessive fluid - making me larger than life and feeling completely stretched to beyond the limit) the day my water broke i walked, had pineapple, ate spicey food, and had sex - who knows what did the trick. I should also mention that all of this only made my water brake - 12 hours later they started me on petocin (sp?) because real labor would not start.

Sarah - posted on 04/02/2010

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With my first he was three days late and I just kept walking and moving around. Going to the hospital I think actually made the labor longer grrr. The second (at home) just had lots of sex, climbed a lighthouse (~300 steps), and played a round of golf the two days preceeding. They come when they are ready. Labor was super easy with number two. I think that is beucase I was at home with no stress from beeping machines and doctors and nurses that think labor is somehting that should be medicated and controlled ( I was forced into pitocin and an epidural with threats of c-section as soon as I walked into the hospital) like we haven't been doing this since the dawn of time.

Tara - posted on 04/02/2010

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walking around the shopping centre helped me!! i was 8 days over due tho...

Tiffany - posted on 04/01/2010

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Walking up and down stairs can get a labor started, castor oil will help bring on contractions but please consult your doctor or midwife before trying this.

Jill - posted on 04/01/2010

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I was approaching 41 weeks, it was 97 degrees and we were moving to the other side of the state a week later. I wanted SO BADLY to induce labor I researched everything. Before I tell you all I found out, I want to warn you about something. These techniques are all said to induce labor. Most had a warning that while labor may be started, it may last for longer than your body naturally planned. I was in labor for 30 hours. My water broke, but I was having no contractions and hadn't even dilated a centimeter. I didn't dilate fully until after 22 hours of pitocin iv (hard fast contractions), dilation gel, and finally an epidural after 25 hours of labor (to relax the lower half of my body so I would dilate). I tried every one of these techniques and that is how I ended up in labor.



1. Walk, walk, walk

2. Do jumping jacks (gentle jumping jacks)

3. Have sex ... there is something in the semen that is supposed to help release the mucus plug

4. Pressure points: there's one in the ankle, in the shoulder, and in the lower back

5. Meditate: Imagine things opening (like you want your cervix to)

6. Believe it or not, nipple stimulation -- pull at them as if a baby is suckling



I know there are a bunch of herbs and teas that are said to help too, but the daddy wasn't comfortable with that, so I just tried the physical things. Good luck!

Tammie - posted on 03/31/2010

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Walk, Walk, and Walk!! Also I was told not to rub the soft area behind your ankle bones cuz it can send you into labor, and I went into labor early so I was never able to try it.

Claire - posted on 03/31/2010

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when i had our eldest son my friend came round with her baby who was only a week old and he started crying which helped with the contractions and made them stronger and they went round to my back so my hubby started rubbing my back. Keep walking around and doing housework and shopping etc this helped for me

Tina - posted on 03/31/2010

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With my first labor, I was 3 days past my due date and my midwife suggested castor oil, so I took 6 oz of castor oil mixed with chocolate shake, divided into 3rds and consumed one every hour for 3 hours. It was horrible but it did get my contractions started, I also walked and walked, but then the contractions slowed down, so my midwife gave me the blue cohosh homeopathic. That really worked and after taking it every few minutes and walking for about an hour, I was in labor. The next time I tried Blue Cohosh & Black Cohosh but didn't go into labor so I took the Castor oil again and went into labor but had to walk the whole time and my labor even stalled after I sat down for about 15 min. I was also taking the homeopathic (200x). Last time I just took Blue & Black Cohosh and when I got up the next morning I was in labor and labor only lasted for 4 hours. but the Cohosh makes labor very very intense!!! So beware. Castor oil is horrible but it is better than Pitocin. Also Castor oil does not always work for everyone, my mom did it 3 times with my youngest brother and it never worked. Oh, my midwife also always strips my membranes, which is almost unbearable-- I think it is worse than labor. I also have lots of sex and lots of walking. Most of all the baby can kinda be forced out but for the most part, it will decide when it is ready to be born, and waiting for that is the easiest and most pleasant thing!

Amy - posted on 03/31/2010

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red raspberry LEAF tea. make a gallon and drink it all day! :) other than that i hear nipple stimulation, sex [with orgasm :) ], or eating tons of food. I agree. please don't do castor oil. you'll just poo yourself like crazy and to me, that just can't be good - even if you do go into labor, you don't want to be crapping yourself and dealing with contractions. :) there's an herbal combination by nature's sunshine called 5W - but talk to midwife or doc. must be in your last month to take it. good luck hon!

Maria - posted on 03/30/2010

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just dont used castro oil...that is like the most ignorant thing u can ever do. it gives you diarreah AND gets you dehydrated...and that is what actually causes labor. if anthing thiong do lots of walking, up hills maybe lots of sex...once you get those orgasms...that is what a contraction is so, but good luck....

HEIDI - posted on 03/30/2010

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I tried eating a huge steak which tasted good, but didn't work. I tried castor oil which cleaned me out, but made me really sick and didn't work. Long walk, jumping on a trampoline, a car ride on a bumpy road... all failed. Having my membranes scraped was unpleasant, but my three kids all came within the next 3 days. Ultimately your baby is on his/her own schedule and he/she will come when they choose. Good luck and best wishes on your new bundle of joy.

Bethanie - posted on 03/30/2010

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Walking helped move mine along! Went into labor the evening after being out all day running errands. Sorry, but I was so uncomfortable by that stage of my pregnancy, that sex wasn't much of an option! I also tried using my breast pump because I heard that worked. It stimulated some milk action and caused me to cramp and make my baby kick me, but nothing else.

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fresh pineapple, raspberry leaf tea (which can be hard to find), and, what worked for me and is kind of embarrassing to admit.. nipple stimulation. my mother was in labor with me for as she described FOREVER and the doctor told her that nipple stimulation causes your uterus to contract if done correctly. thats also why they say women who breastfeed tend to get their figure back a little quicker than others, because the stimulation caused by nursing child makes your uterus contract and build its shape back.

Corinne - posted on 03/30/2010

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when i was pregnant i tried all the tricks of the book (except the spicey food bc i dont like it) ...nothing worked! i saw my doctor on my due date and she did a "manual" membrane scraping...i lost my mucous plug the very next morning and a day or two later had sex with my hubby...labor started an hour later!

Jessica - posted on 03/30/2010

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I think that's one of those things where you can try whatever you want, but nothing will work unless your body is already about to go into labor on its own. I've heard walking and sex are helpful though!

Rebekah - posted on 03/30/2010

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Hi Marissa, I had both of my boys late so I'm totally empathetic about wanting to get your labor started. There are a lot of things that where suggested to me but what I found works the best is rest and relaxation. Don't stress yourself out to much, your body will know the right time to get the ball rolling:) But here are some things I was encouraged to try; 1. Have sex and afterward put a pillow underneath your bottom to let the semen rest on your cervix a while. The semen creates a prostaglandin release, which is similar to the medications used for inducing labor. 2. Nipple stimulation, It causes the release of oxytocin, the same hormone that causes uterine contractions. This can be done manually or with an electric breast pump. 3. Caster oil, its a laxative and it's believed to stimulate the bowels. It can lead to cramps and tightening of the muscles in the intestines. These cramps may spread to the uterus, tightening the uterine muscles and stimulating contractions. These contractions may or may not lead to the onset of active labor. This is a very unpleasant experience so I would not suggest you trying it until you talk to your doctor or midwife. I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck!

Heather - posted on 03/30/2010

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foot rubs... I can't remember where the spot is but there is somewhere on your feet or ankles that if you rub it it stimulates your contractions...

Bree - posted on 03/30/2010

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I have three boys and each was different. My first son was born four days early. I believe the huge walk that I had the day before I had him helped things get started. The second came on his own two weeks early. My third son I believe that sex helped out on this one. Did the deed in the morning and my water broke just after lunch. Good luck with everything you try!!

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