3rd Trimester

Natural Ways to Induce Labor

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Almost nothing can be more frustrating for an expecting mother than waiting for the birth of her baby. The anticipation of holding your newborn in your arms can become almost overwhelming, but thanks to research, new and old age remedies, there are ways you can speed up the process. Remember that before trying these methods you should consult your doctor about the risks and precautions you should take.


Sex is a widely known factor for naturally inducing labor. There are two main reasons why it is so effective. One is the female having an orgasm; this imitates the contractions of labor. The other is the male's semen. Semen contains prostaglandis which helps ripen and soften the cervix. Sex may be uncomfortable and difficult in the ninth month of pregnancy, but it is a very effective way to induce labor if you are overdue.

Nipple Stimulation

This can be a very effect way to induce labor if done properly. Stimulating the nipples triggers the production of oxytocin which contracts the uterus. To create this production, you can do this manually or with an electric breast pump. Manually, you need to massage only one breast at a time, focusing on the areola. You should mimic the suckling of a baby, then after the contraction you must stop adn wait for 15 minutes. Then repeat, but keep in mind that you should stop if the contractions are less than 3 minutes apart or are longer than 1 minute in duration.


Acupressure is quite effect, and even if it doesn't work, you will be happy you tried. It is a very relaxing form of inducing labor, and if it is ineffective, you will at least be at ease and soothed. Examples of where to apply pressure is the roof of the mouth, and the web of the finger between your pointer and thumb.

Stripping Membranes

This can only be one by a health care professional and under no circumstances should be tried at home on your own. The doctor or mid wife will separate the bag of water from the cervix, causing the beginning of labor.


There has been no clear medical reasons why foods can help induce labor but most foods that are recommended have shown to produce prostoglandins in the body, and to ripen the cervix and ready it for labor. Some recommended foods include: anything spicy, pineapples, black licorice, Eggplant Parmesan and Cumin Tea. Also, Raspberry Leaf Tea has shown that it helps in the toning of the uterus and helps prepare for labor.


Herbs should only be considered if the expectant mother is past 40 weeks of pregnancy and should not be used unless you have talked to your doctor. Remember that using herbs should not be taken lightly, and that some herbs might promise the induction of labor but could also be quite harmful to you and your baby. For example Black Conosh regulates contractions and is more effective than most other herbs. It should be taken in tincture form and only in water based or alcohol based. But for all the good it does during labor there are some drawbacks. It has shown to be a risk by thinning the blood and causing excessive blood loss during labor. So you can see how the use of herbs should be monitored by your doctor and taken with extreme precaution.


Walking may be by far the easiest and most carefree method of inducing labor. You can do it anywhere, and there is theoretically no risk. Walking uses the force of gravity to drop the baby into the proper position in your uterus. Be sure not to over exert yourself as any extra stress for you will also mean extra stress for the baby.

So there you have it, ways to induce labor that aren't pills or medicinal ways to put stress on your child. But remember, if your baby is due, then maybe that little angel isn't ready to come out yet. Don't be one of those mothers that just want to get it over with. Child birth is one of the most natural, most beautiful experiences that you can have with your child. You should relish in the fact that the longer your baby is in your womb, the healthier your baby will be.

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