It’s always recommended that women wait until at least 39 weeks for delivery. If you are eager to carry your baby but your due date has come and gone, you might be tempted to take matters into your hands and research how to induce labor yourself. Seek permission from your midwife or doctor to know if it’s safe to try these with your pregnancy.
The common ways to induce labor naturally are:
- Nipple stimulation
Nipple rolling or gentle rubbing may lead to a release of oxytocin, which could help induce labor. Nipple stimulation causes the release of a hormone called oxytocin. This release makes muscles in the uterus contract.
Sex could help in inducing labor because orgasms cause uterine contractions, nipple stimulation triggers the release of oxytocin, and semen contains high levels of prostaglandins.
- Castor Oil
Castor oil stimulates prostaglandin release, which can help ripen the cervix and get labor started.
The simple act of walking during pregnancy may help draw the baby down into your pelvis. The pressure of the baby on your pelvis may then prime your cervix for labor —or may help labor progress if you’ve already felt some contractions.
Many of these options may be safe to try but most of them aren’t likely to speed up labor. Some of them might also come with risks. It’s best to check with your doctor before trying to induce labor. And remember, the most natural thing to do is to relax and wait for labor to start on its own. Your baby will be here soon.