Natural Ways to Induce Labor

Frances - posted on 05/29/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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What are some natural ways to induce labor that you ladies found to have worked for you all?

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Katy - posted on 06/27/2009

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Thanks :) I frequently change my picture depending on my mood, but most of them are smartass like in some way :-D

Katy - posted on 06/27/2009

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Sex, lots and lots of sex. Both my kids were "induced" by sex. My daughter was born on her due date and my son 2 weeks early. Lots and lots of awesome sex :)

Kate CP - posted on 06/27/2009

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Orgasms. Daily. Several times a day.

...and how did any one ever find out that bull semen was good for psoriasis? "I have this awful itchy, dry skin...maybe if I let the bull cum on me it'll clear up!" The things we do in the name of medical science. ;P

Brittany - posted on 06/27/2009

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dont do the castor oil!!! i did it, not only was it the most disgusting thing ever, my baby had a bowel movement inside of me and my water didnt break until 4 days later. he was in really bad shape when i had him!! it was horrible. i would never wish that on anybody when there are many more ways to bring on labor!

Charlie - posted on 06/02/2009

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WTF did i just read inject yourself with BULL SEMEN YUCK !!!!!!!!!!! lol

Marcia - posted on 06/02/2009

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Another vote for sex...on the advice of my midwife I also drank the red raspberry leaf tea too (though I concur with the other post regarding not starting it before 34 weeks).

Lauren - posted on 06/02/2009

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i walked for hours and when i gave up and went to bed i coughed so hard my water broke!

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I am so sorry to tell you, but I do not think there are any true ways. That baby is coming when it wants. I have tried red razberry tea, sex, bouncin on a birthing ball, walking, walking, walking, swimming, caster oil, pumping - as that is suppose to contract your stommach, just as it does after labor. Nothing worked. Inducing three times over did not work either.......... By the way one way of inducing is injecting you with actual bull semen somehow sterilized, so sex should work the best, plus you get the benefits of fun anyway. I would also be pumping throughout the day. Good Luck!!!

Kym - posted on 06/02/2009

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Hey, get an amazing foot massage! No lie... if you have a good massage by your spouse/significant other, it can help ease your stress of going into labor, which sometimes it's all a mental block... as for the sex, make sure it's all about YOU. Sperm is good, but you need to have some great orgasms so that you can start those contractions. Good luck!

Carol - posted on 06/01/2009

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I was part of an acupuncture trial - they were trying to determine if it could bring on labour... Worked for me! I was 11 days overdue at the time.

Candace - posted on 06/01/2009

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of course as everyone knows sex is the way to do it. and im sure he wont mind it ;) all i can say is DO NOT take castor oil, i tried it and all i got was a horrible stomach ache, and a night full of throwing up and sitting on the toilet. Also WALK WALK WALK, and the pineapple thing, i ate about 3 of them and all i got was a sore mouth. I also tried the spicy food one, and all i got was of course a nasty case of heartburn. So just walk walk walk, and sex sex sex...... thats just from my experience.

Frances - posted on 05/31/2009

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Thanks ladies. I ate 2 whole pineapples yesterday and walked a mile. Hopefully something starts happening soon.

Natalie - posted on 05/30/2009

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i ate pineapple (it's a uterine stimulant and shouldn't be eaten in early stages of pregnancy as it can cause miscarrige for the same reason.....fresh pinapple that is)

i walked loads in the week before as well

and also jasmine oil or perfume is meant to set labour off, and i wore jasmine perfume in the week i went into labour.


oh and also i drank loads of raspberry leaf tea (do not drink before 34 weeks) which speeds up the second stage of labour, mine was 10 mins !

Emma - posted on 05/30/2009

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i ate a whole pineapple on the sunday (i was due the next day) but my labour didnt start until the tuesday morning, it was progressing slowly and after 12hrs of being in the very early not-so-painful stages i went to hospital and i wasnt dilated whatsoever... but i'd been walked around the hospital, i'd been home 30 minutes when the real pain started.. so when ur in early stages thats when its good to go walking!! my daughter was born 40minutes after arriving at hospital by ambulance, my entire labour was under 3hrs! and i reckon walking did the trick!

Sonya - posted on 05/30/2009

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Quoting Mandie:

i took 2 tsp of castorol and mixed it with orange juice. chuged it. it was the nastiest taste ever! i went to the bathroom alot that nite (atleast i didnt have to worry about going all over the labor table) and i didnt feel well. i went to bed and the next morning at 9:00 in the morning i was in labor. taking abunch of poops got stuff down there working and preped while i was sleeping! it also worked for 2 of my girl friends! hope the best



OH I swear by this one I did the same thing at night and by 4 in the morning my contractions started to come and by 12 I had my baby boy!!

Charlie - posted on 05/29/2009

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The "trick" to inducing labor by having sex is sperm. There is something called prosteglandins(sp?) in semen that is a natural chemical that helps soften the cervix therefor allowing it to thin out. Also, nipple stimulation causes uterine contractions (which is why breastfeeding mommies lose weight quicker). These are not advised to be tried before 38wks of age,

Danielle - posted on 05/29/2009

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just letting you know that you should be weary of castor oil as it can cause your baby to pass first bowel movement before its born, which can cause all sorts of problems.



walking is good, ask your doc if they can do a sweep, my labour started less than 48 hours after having a sweep done. good luck

Mandie - posted on 05/29/2009

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i took 2 tsp of castorol and mixed it with orange juice. chuged it. it was the nastiest taste ever! i went to the bathroom alot that nite (atleast i didnt have to worry about going all over the labor table) and i didnt feel well. i went to bed and the next morning at 9:00 in the morning i was in labor. taking abunch of poops got stuff down there working and preped while i was sleeping! it also worked for 2 of my girl friends! hope the best

Tatham - posted on 05/29/2009

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sex, there is something in the semen but also the orgasm helps, it releases a chemical which starts contractions..also doing squats, it helps to bring the baby down and open the cervix

Danielle - posted on 05/29/2009

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My old boss swears bouncing on her birthing ball put her into labor. And a friend of mine walked until she couldn't walk anymore. I had an early delivery so I can't answer this one for myself. I hope your walk was nice!

Frances - posted on 05/29/2009

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Thanks guys. I was also told that eatting a lot of fresh pineapple can help with labor. I just ate 2 whole ones and I'm going to go for a walk now. Wish me luck. Hopefully something happens soon!

Danialle - posted on 05/29/2009

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SEX. There is something in semen that softens the cervix. I don't know if it really works, but we tried it twice when I was in early labor to get things going. I was in labor for 44.5 hrs...... so we tried everything. walking helps too

Lisette - posted on 05/29/2009

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uv probably heard this one before but its true " sex" something in semen can bring u on the doctor told me that one!!

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