At nearly 38-weeks pregnant, I am starting to become anxious for the birth of my baby.
While I am not at a point yet where I am prepared to try any natural labor induction methods, I have to admit, it is a topic of interest for me!
I know that a lot of women end up reaching a boiling point when they see a due date come, and go, and that there are a myriad of wacky natural induction methods that may be tested.
Here are 15 wacky ways to naturally induce labor — some of them will make you laugh, and some will make you cringe!
Please be sure to do your own research on these, and other natural labor induction methods, and always talk to your doctor first!
Sex is commonly suggested for natural induction, due to semen containing prostaglandins, which are said to help “ripen” the cervix. Oxytocin (the labor hormone) is also produced when a woman has an orgasm, which may play a role in getting things started!
Acupuncture is said to have been used very successfully for thousands of years to induce labor in women who are overdue. Are you afraid of needles?
3. Spicy Foods
We’ve all heard that spicy foods can induce labor! A word of warning, it can also send you on several uncomfortable trips to the bathroom. Consume at your own risk!
4. Membrane Sweeping
Performed by your doctor or midwife, this involves gentle separation of membranes from the cervix during a vaginal exam to help induce labor. This is typically performed when a woman is at term, and there are no complications.
Enzymes found in pineapple are said to help ripen the cervix, which can bring on labor. It may also give you wicked heartburn, though!
6. Bumpy Car Ride
Really? I guess the objective is to jiggle the baby out? There are a lot of potholes on my road, maybe it’s for the best!
This is a growing myth, but maybe it has some basis in fact? Many people swear by eggplant parmigiana to induce labor! Grab the labor-inducing recipe at ABCNews.
8. Nipple Stimulation
Nipple stimulation is said to help induce labor, and some women even try using a breast pump to achieve this. Nipple stimulation can cause your body to release oxytocin, which may bring on contractions.
9. Bouncing on a Birthing Ball
This method is related to the bumpy car ride. Still, a good way to get a little physical activity, I guess!
10. Dancing the Baby Out
Get up and dance! Once again, another labor induction method that is supposed to set things into action. Hey, at least you’ll be the life of the party, right?
11. Evening Primrose Oil
Another way to ripen the cervix: Evening Primrose Oil. It may be taken orally and/or internally to help induce labor. Has anyone tried this method?
My mom swears that a long, vigorous walk is what sent her into labor with my brother! This is one labor induction method that I just might give a whirl in a week or two!
13. Castor Oil
Who wants to spend their labor on the toilet with diarrhea? A lot of moms, apparently! As crazy as it sounds, induction by castor oil seems to be a pretty popular method for moms who have passed their due dates!
14. Raspberry Leaf Tea
I have heard several people swear by Raspberry Leaf Tea which is a uterine tonic and is said to have benefits after the birth for breast milk production. Too bad I’m not much of a tea drinker.
Like walking, it is said that going up and down some stairs a few times might help set your labor into motion. Just don’t overdo it, and be careful!