By the time I was 39 weeks pregnant, I was more than ready to have my baby. On top of feeling uncomfortable almost constantly, the anticipation of experiencing labor for the first time and getting to meet my little one was becoming increasingly unbearable. Feeling incredibly anxious and apprehensive, the week before I gave birth I did a ton of research on how I could naturally induce labor.
Some parents who are past their due date may even research how to induce labor before they even reach the hospital. And it can be pretty fun, too. The first, most frequently recommended way to get a body primed for contractions is exercise.
Believe it or not, this one's not entirely an old wives' tale. If you're full term and have a partially softened and effaced cervix, there's a chance that getting frisky will help induce labor. Just don't rely on it as a surefire way to speed up the process.
But can sex induce labor in full-term women? And are there risks for having sex in the last few weeks of pregnancy? While studies on the topic are still limited, sexy time could be your ticket to labor and delivery.
I was so keen to get my babies here, but it's important to use that time to take time for yourself, and any hobbies you have, or things you want to do, because you don't have as much chance once the baby arrives! Being upright helps your baby move down on to your cervix. Exercise can also help you sleep, reduce your anxiety and improve your mood, which may help at this point in your pregnancy.
Your due date is an educated guess for when your baby might make its arrival. In a studywomen who had recently delivered babies were surveyed about inducing labor at home. Of these women, 50 percent had tried some natural method of getting labor started. If you are 40 weeks in, here are eight natural ways to get things moving along.
I was huge and everything ached, and I was desperate to meet my babies. So I tried to induce labor myself. I got acupuncture for the first time in my life.
NEW YORK - Despite a widespread belief that sex during the later stages of pregnancy can jumpstart labor, a new study from Malaysia found no differences in the timing of delivery between women who had sex near term and those who abstained. Tan Peng Chiong, an obstetrics and gynecology professor at the University of Malaya, and one of the authors of the study. Tan said that many women believe intercourse can induce labor, and scientists have proposed plausible biological explanations for why it might help. For one, semen contains a hormonelike substance called prostaglandin, which is used in synthetic form to induce labor.