How to Induce Labor Naturally – Labor Induction Tips

If you’re approaching your due date and wondering if you’ll need to induce labor, relax. Only 5% of babies are born on their due date. A better term to use would be a “guess date” since, well, it’s really just a guess.

I’ve known women who’ve delivered babies in their 44th week safely, others who repeatedly deliver early, and everything in between. That’s why it’s super important you have a supportive labor team who won’t force labor induction unless it’s a true medical necessity.

Just because you’ve hit your due date doesn’t mean you need to induce labor

In response to the sharp rise in early inductions in the US, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) reemphasizes its position against deliveries before 39 weeks, unless there is a valid medical indication, due to the health risks to infants and mothers.

Suspecting a large baby, which can often be the reason for induction, is not a medical reason to deliver before 39 weeks, according to their recommendations.

“Babies born between 39 weeks 0 days and 40 weeks 6 days gestation are now considered ‘Full Term’ and have the best health outcomes, compared with babies born before or after this period” says Dr. Eyer of The College. Babies born in the 41st week are considered Late Term, and beyond that, Postterm.

Most practitioners will start to monitor you and baby at 41 weeks, as that’s when risks can increase for some moms and babies. As you get into 42 weeks and beyond, most doctors will perform a medical labor induction, but know there are alternatives. In fact, many midwives will suggest gentler, natural ways to induce labor that are also quite effective..

Note that, even though this article was reviewed by a certified nurse midwife, it is imperative that you speak with your doctor or midwife before you try any of these methods.

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How Can I Induce Labor Naturally?

There are at least seven ways to induce labor that are backed by science. Let’s take a look at each of these “evidence-based” methods.

1. Have sex! A lot!

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Many women have success with natural labor induction by having sex. That’s because semen contains prostaglandins, the same hormone-like compounds that are found in cervical ripening medications such as Cervidil.

The key to having sex work for natural induction is to do it, a lot. With this natural labor induction method, think of “3 times is the charm”. Three ejaculations is supposed to contain the same amount of prostaglandins as Cervidil. I cannot find a study to substantiate this, but it is well known that semen contains prostaglandins. Cervidil, after all, is made from animal semen (we’ve heard pig) and it makes sense since it’s main ingredient is dinoprostone, a naturally occurring prostaglandin. I’d much prefer human.

While it may be more sex than you want to have while 40+ weeks pregnant, it certainly beats the alternatives of Cervidil and Pitocin, which can have side effects like ruptured membranes, fetal distress and more painful contractions.

2. Nipple stimulation

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Nipple stimulation can really work for labor induction or to boost a stalled or slow labor. The best way to do it is actually to stimulate the whole breast, not just the nipples. A slow rhythmic massage of the breast behind the areola is the best technique both for induction and to save mom’s sore and tender nipples.

You can do this yourself or have your partner assist. It might be the last time they get to handle your breasts for awhile if you plan on nursing 🙂 Some moms may try using a breast pump but it’s not necessary. Stick with manual stimulation and save the pump for labor if you need it.

3. Evening primrose oil

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Evening primrose oil (where to buy) contains prostaglandins which help ripen the cervix for bringing on labor. However, there are limited studies on the effectiveness and safety of evening primrose oil. I do know many moms who swear it sped up their labors. It should be considered as a last resort because it may have some risks. Evening primrose oil may actually cause labor to last a few hours longer when applied vaginally (boo!) or may cause early rupture of membranes, meaning that your water breaks before contractions start.

4. Castor oil

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Castor oil is the classic natural induction tool. I know countless moms who used this stimulating oil to start their labor. This method should also be used with caution and only with the approval of your midwife or doctor. Castor oil gets the intestines to start contracting which can stimulate the uterus to contract.

Many moms have used this old wives tale with great success and no other interventions. However, do know that the intestinal contractions cause terrible diarrhea, which can be uncomfortable at best and cause dehydration at worst. If you and your birth team decide to try this method, be sure to drink at least 16 ounces of coconut water to support hydration and healthy electrolyte levels. Because castor oil doesn’t taste the best, mix a tablespoon into a smoothie or large glass of orange juice.

Read more about using castor oil to induce labor in this post.

5. Red raspberry leaf tea

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Great during pregnancy for uterine toning, red raspberry leaf tea can also help with natural labor induction. Red raspberry leaf tea strengthens the uterus and pelvic wall when consumed during pregnancy. Because of its stimulating effects, most midwives don’t recommend drinking until your second trimester. For labor induction, you’ll want to increase your dose of this tea to help it kickstart labor.

When I was pregnant with Paloma and in my final week, I drank a quart of double brew red raspberry leaf tea each day. I only made it 2 days as then my labor started. It definitely helped and I had a super fast birth! To make a double brew dose, bring 1 quart of filtered water to a boil. Add in 1 cup of loose red raspberry leaf and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes. Drink throughout day for natural labor induction.

6. Membrane stripping

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Membrane stripping (or sweeping) is a medical procedure where the doctor separates the amniotic sac from the cervix, releasing prostaglandins which may jump start labor. An estimated 1 out of 8 women will go into labor within 48 hours after the procedure. However, there is risk that the procedure will rupture your membranes or break your waters immediately or within a few days. This can be problematic if your contractions do not start shortly thereafter. You may also experience vaginal spotting or cramping afterward.

7. Eating dates

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Studies show that eating dates during pregnancy helped women have higher cervical dilation, intact membranes, and more spontaneous labors when it came time to deliver. The use of oxytocin was significantly lower in women who consumed dates, and the average length of first stage labor was shorter in women who consumed dates. As the study concludes, “Date consumption during the last 4 weeks before labor significantly reduced the need for induction and augmentation of labour, and produced more favorable, but non-significant, deliveries.” 

These are one of my favorite ways to eat dates. This recipe is also delicious, and the oatmeal helps boost milk production to boot.

What Else Might Induce Labor?

Although they’re not backed by science, many mamas swear be these natural or “anecdotal” ways to induce labor.

1. Get pampered

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Getting pampered is a great way to relax and get centered before baby arrives. Of course, a prenatal massage is wonderful but you might want to focus on the feet, which have some special trigger points that can induce labor (more on that later.) Foot massage, reflexology or just a pedicure can all be helpful; at the very least, they feel great! You may not have time for it after baby arrives so take advantage of the down time.

2. Guided relaxation

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Calming affirmations, guided meditation, and deep breathing can do wonderful things to get your body relaxed and ready to welcome baby. Fearful thoughts and worry can release adrenaline and other stress hormones that shut off the labor process.

3. Nutrition

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Follow your perfect pregnancy diet and be sure to stay hydrated. Labor is tough work and you’ll need all the support you can get. Though this may not kickstart your labor, it will help you feel strong, prepared, and calm for when labor does begin.

4. Exercise

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Moderate exercise is fantastic throughout pregnancy and some women have had luck inducing their labor by walking, biking, swimming or doing other exercise. I know moms who swim in the sea or who walk the mall and labor begins. By moving our bodies, we can help baby settle into her laboring position and open up our pelvis for a faster delivery. The key is not to overdo it. You don’t want to be exhausted as you start labor.

5. Acupuncture, acupressure and chiropractic

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In addition to being mentally ready, you and baby need to be physically ready, and that’s where acupuncture, acupressure, and chiropractic may help. There has been some information that points to acupuncture being potentially beneficial in inducing labor, but there isn’t a lot of reliable studies on the topic. However, acupuncture and acupressure have been used for many years to stimulate labor and many women swear by it.

Here is a great visual guide to acupressure that you can do yourself at home. The idea is that acupuncture and acupressure help to unblock any stagnant energy, which can help baby get into the right position. Specifically, acupuncture points for inducing labor are on the feet, hands and back and they stimulate the thyroid, digestive, and reproductive systems. The same idea is behind chiropractic induction techniques. By opening and balancing your pelvis through an chiropractor adjustment, your baby can settle into a great, deep position and stimulate your body to start labor.

Find a pregnant-friendly acupuncturist near you through this database or a chiropractor through this one. You can also try searching through your insurance carrier or tap into a local mom’s group for recommendations.

6. Pineapple

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The bromelain in pineapple and other tropical fruit is said to induce labor by stimulating the uterus. Alternately, it could just be the intestinal stimulation from eating large amounts of pineapple that gets labor started. Either way, this is a delicious way to induce labor naturally.

7. Spicy foods

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Some mamas swear by spicy foods for labor induction. Likely spicy food acts similar to castor oil, with its intestinal stimulation, which in turn can start labor. Spicy foods can cause indigestion so keep that in mind when considering this option.

8. Homeopathics

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Homeopathics are generally considered safe during pregnancy because they are naturally gentle with their low dilution and body-supporting remedies. Common homeopathic remedies used to induce labor include Pulsatilla 200C (where to buy), Caullophyllum 200C (where to buy) and Cimicifuga 200C (where to buy). Some midwives recommend alternating all three every 3 days until labor begins. Consult with your midwife for dosage.

For more information on homeopathic remedies during pregnancy and labor, check out the books Homeopathic Medicines for Pregnancy and Childbirth by Richard Moskowitz and Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth and Your Baby’s First Year by Miranda Castro.

What Kind of Food Will Induce Labor?

As noted above, when it comes to food to induce labor, dates are your best bet. Studies suggest dates reduce the need for induction and make labor shorter. Pineapple and spicy food may also help induce labor, though there isn’t much evidence to support these theories—just a lot of anecdotal evidence. But, hey, it’s worth a shot!

How Long Does it Take to Have a Baby After Being Induced?

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easy answer to this?! 🙃 Like most aspects of childbirth, there’s no hard-and-fast rule. Every woman is different—for some mamas, inducing labor can take a just a few hours, for others it can take a few days. And sometimes induction doesn’t work at all. In those cases, a c-section may be necessary. (source)

Why Does Induction Hurt More?

Our bodies naturally produce oxytocin, a hormone that stimulates contractions. During an induction, a woman is usually given a synthetic form of oxytocin, like Pitocin, to jumpstart contractions. This can cause labor to start too quickly, creating contractions that are more powerful and closer together. (source)

What Are the Risks of Being Induced?

The risks of being induced vary depending on the method of induction, but the biggest risk is that induction will fail. In 25% of cases, induction is not successful—this can mean mama is in labor for a long time, but ultimately might need a c-section. This can be physically taxing and emotionally draining for mama. It can also put the baby in distress.

Other risks include:

  • Low fetal heart rate: Strong, frequent contractions caused by Pitocin can put baby in distress
  • Uterine rupture: Strong, frequent contractions caused by Pitocin can cause the uterus to bust. This is most common in mamas who have previously had surgery on their uterus.
  • Excessive bleeding in mom after delivery: When induced, your uterus may not contract properly following birth.
  • Infection: Rupturing membranes can put both mama and baby at higher risk of infection.

What if I Go Past My Due Date? Do I Have to Induce Labor?

Absolutely not! You have the right to refuse anything that you aren’t comfortable with, and that includes labor induction.

If you go past 40 weeks pregnant

At 40 weeks gestation, there’s no evidence to suggest induction is necessary in a normal healthy pregnancy. Remember, the date you give birth is determined by a number of factors including average length of pregnancies in your family, whether your due date was calculated correctly to begin with, and your individual baby. Your baby and body are the ones to initiate labor, and they usually know when they’re ready.

If you go past 41 weeks pregnant

There’s no reason to consider induction in a normal healthy pregnancy before 41 weeks, and you may want to wait even longer before trying any of these methods. If you do choose to go past 41 weeks without trying to induce labor, you will want to be monitored more closely.

If you go past 42 weeks pregnant

Natural labor induction is still induction, and it can increase the likelihood of other labor interventions. If mom and baby are healthy, it’s perfectly reasonable and evidence-based to give birth at 42 weeks.

Some providers are comfortable with going beyond 42 weeks with frequent monitoring that may include:

  • NST: non-stress test (monitoring of baby’s heart rate)
  • BPP: ultrasound to check health of baby

The BPP will keep track of baby movement, muscle tone, breathing rate, and the amniotic fluid levels.

Some OBs will push to induce labor because of low fluid, even though there is no evidence that inducing labor for isolated low fluid at term has any beneficial impact on mother or infant outcomes.

To avoid low fluid, be sure to drink about 1.5-2L of fluid a day. If fluid is low, it’s recommended that you drink 2-2.5L of fluid and return the next day for a recheck; many providers won’t offer this, so be sure to ask.

Going past 42 weeks gestation does have some risks so, if you do need to be induced, don’t sweat it. You can still have a beautiful and natural vaginal birth.

Many moms have had their membranes swept, prostaglandins (Cervidil), and even Pitocin and went on to have a fine natural birth with no other interventions.

The important thing is be sure that your BISHOP score isn’t low. You want it to be 8 or higher if you are not using a cervix ripening agent, and/or 6 or higher if you are.

How Have Other Natural Mamas Induced Labor?

I asked the moms on my Facebook page about ways to induce labor naturally, and here are some of their responses…

  • My water broke but contractions didn’t start. I went to acupuncture that night, and two hours later I had a nice steady rhythm of contractions going! – Jill B.
  • Pressure points massage, sex, walking. – Norma O. 
  • I massaged the pressure points on my feet and around my ankles that are supposed to help induce labour. I went into labour that night, which was a week before my estimated due date! I also started drinking 1 cup of raspberry leaf tea daily at 32 weeks pregnant and slowly increased it to 4 cups by the time I was full term. – Jennifer B. 
  • A friend told me she’d read something about pineapple possibly encouraging the start of labor. Without thinking about it, I ate almost an entire pineapple the next day and went into labor that night, a week early. – Stephanie N.
  • With both of my labors i tried it all, the spicy foods and pineapple, even vigorously mopping the floors/lunging… But both times the trick was having intercourse with my husband and having him ejaculate inside me… There are studies that prove that the semen thins the cervix wall! I went into labor less than 12 hours after both romps. – Lisa S. 
  • First baby was 3 days overdue, so I induced naturally with evening primrose oil (orally and vaginally) and castor oil; went into labor that day! – Sarah L.
  • Acupuncture! Went in to my appointment having very mild, irregular contractions and left in active labor, intense contractions 6 minutes apart. Had the baby 10 hours later. – Sherri M. 
  • I worked out the day of both my labors (throughout pregnancies) Also had sex. – Susan B.
  • Acupuncture, chiropractor, and pumping (aka nipple stimulation). – Angela G.

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About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 75,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.

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  1. wow thats nice one

  2. Can I take red raspberry leaf capsules instead of red raspberry leaf tea?

  3. My doctor wants to induce me at 39 weeks b/c our baby is small. We have had NST’s and BPP’s for weeks now and everything always comes out well – fluids are great, movement and tone are great etc. I want to let labor happen naturally…as a back story, we did go through IVF. How dangerous is it not to take the doc’s advice? I prefer not to use Pitocin and let my body do what it’s meant to do. How much risk am I putting us in? What are the real statistics on stillbirth?

    • The reason the doctor gave you saying that they want to induce at 39 weeks because baby is small is opposite of what I have always heard. Usually if baby is small, they want baby to stay in longer. Stick with your gut feelings. I would wait a little longer too, so baby can put on a little more weight.

    • I am in the same exact position now, I also have a history of small but healthy babies. can you tell me what you chose and what the outcome of your birth experience was? how is baby?

  4. My waters broke at home but no contractions, not that I can tell and it has almost been 24 hrs. Ii was already dialated to 3 1/2cm. But continually am crampy like menstral pains and my hips and pelvic area ache. Sometimes I’m queasy, sometimes I’m hot. Am I in labor?? I am staying hydrated and continue to leak fluid, baby is still moving .. Fluid is clear, no signs of infection or fetal distress. I do NOT want to be induced and if I go into the hospital they will check my cervix and most likely induce me. Should I try castor oil? Clearly sex isnt an option due to water already being broken. I scrubbed the tub. Been on 3 long walks, drank alot of RRLT “labor day” recipe and eaten spicy salsa.. Please help!

    • I would call your doctor or midwife. Most would like to see labor begin by 24 hrs after your membranes rupture to avoid infection.

  5. With my 5th baby, my water broke at 37 weeks+3. I usually have very slow, 3+ week long prodromal labours and had been having contractions for about a week before this. After 24 hours, contractions showed no signs of speeding up and I was only at 4cm. We (my midwife, doctor, husband, and I) decided to try castor oil before transferring to hospital. Worked beautifully.

    • Hi if i used castor oil will help me with speed the contractions?

  6. Does anyone know who far apart the “3 times a charm” ejaculation thing should be? Should be 3 times in a day? Can it be spread out over he course of 3 days? I know it’s not a guarantee but 39+days the act alone is pretty difficult with a big belly and don’t want to “waste” it haha. Thanks!

    • I want to know this too! Hubby cant have more than 1 ejaculation in a 24-36 hr period 🙁

    • It’s really meant to be three times in one day. Not exactly easy, but possible with some advance planning. 🙂

      • We just did 3 times in 24 hours so ??. I have told my husband he has free reign until this baby comes ?. I have gone into labor twice this week and it stalled. Waves of nausea and horrible horrible heart burn everyday. I can’t handle this much longer.

        • Hubby & I did it a few times (once a day for a few days) and when my doctor checked me she told me my cervix had softened but hadn’t been dilated yet. She checked me when I was 39 weeks + 2.

  7. I’m 42 yrs old 38 weeks and 6days preganant with a normal healthy pregnancy. My ob/gyn office wants to strip my membranes and manually stretch my cervix on the 7th. Do I have to agree with this? The reason is my age. I want to have labor start naturally or use natural methods to induce . I’m eating dates and drinking red raspberry tea daily also plan to drink the labor tea on the 7th. Is it risky for my baby if I don’t do what is suggested by my Dr office bc of my age. I am also scheduled for an induction on the 9th. Thank you!!

  8. I am 40 weeks today. I do believe my due date is accurate because I started having nausea on May 24th, so that would put conception around the 16th. They want to induce me because I am Type II diabetic, but my blood sugar has been in the normal range this entire pregnancy – not just normal for a diabetic. Normal, period. They tried to fear monger me, but a few of the high risk obs took me seriously and looked at some actual numbers. They learned that, if a baby passes the NST and/or BPP, the baby has a 999/1000 chance of being born live within the next week. Therefore, the risk of stillbirth is a minuscule 0.1%. I am not inducing & told them to leave me alone until 42 weeks, because it’s not a discussion until then unless there is an actual medical problem that comes up. I am doing BPPs on Tuesday & NSTs on Friday until I go into labor.

    On a side note, I did try sex yesterday, which didn’t work. I have been eating pineapple, drinking red raspberry leaf tea. Probably not doing enough of any one method to push me over.

  9. I got pedicures and my husband and I also had sex daily throughout my first pregnancy. One night, after being together, my water broke and contractions started! 48 hours later, my son was in my arms, a couple days before his estimated due date!

  10. I tried so many things…chiropractic, clary sage, acupuncture, moxibustion, sex, evening primrose, walking, and probably forgetting some. I noticed my baby was very active during acupuncture. I had 3 acupuncture treatments on thur, fri, and mon. My Midwife stripped my membranes Monday after acupuncture and an hour later I started having contractions at 4pm. The next day around 2pm, things hadn’t picked up much so my midwife started me on a routine of pumping along with organic cotton root bark and that really got things going. However, I stayed at 7cm for many hours, so after being in labor for 55hrs, I was getting pretty tired, so I had her break my water and baby was born 3hrs later.

  11. Sorry, had to add one more thing…I also understand the predicament of a woman who’s doc is breathing down her neck about induction, and how important it is to go into labor before the dreaded induction date! What a horrible position to put women in….we should never have to be pressured like that, as long as mom and baby are well. But I do believe that when all else fails, think positioning!!

  12. I feel like any attempt to induce a baby, whether we call it “natural” or not, is still under the umbrella of I’m-ready-to-have-this-baby-so-let’s-do-things-to-make-it-happen! I do understand a woman’s frustration when she reaches 40-plus weeks, and I’ve been there too with lots of discomfort and anticipation to meet the baby. But I believe the best thing a woman can do is focus on her positioning in order to engage the baby in the pelvis, and there’s lots of great information out there these days about that. Baby’s positioning is a huge determiner of the effectiveness of contractions and even when a woman goes into labor!

  13. I was hoping that drinking the tea and taking the primrose pills will help me induce because my doctor is forcing a csec.
    I had to have an emergency csec 5 years ago and then had two successful, all natural vbacs afterwards but he says that vbacs are impossible and that I have to get a csec since he has a “once a csec, always a csec” policy.
    Any tips to make sure I give birth before 40 weeks, which is when he scheduled me for a csec?

    • My advice would be to either be up front with him, “I will not come in for a routine c section. I will wait until my baby is born naturally or there is a legitimate need for a c/s.” or just not show up.

      • I agree!

    • Get a new doctor!

  14. Love love, love your posts, and getting your weekly pregnancy updates. Thank you so much for all the great info. So, I have a question:) what are your thoughts on the foley balloon catheter? My midwife has givin me that as an option for induction. I’m 40+4 and I really want baby to come on her own, but midwife is suggesting I try some kind of induction by 41 and a half weeks. Would really like to avoid pitocin and all that other stuff. What would be the lease harmful” form of induction if I do have to choose. This is stressing me out. I’ve been trying lots of things that you’ve recommended. Hopefully she comes before then. Hope you see this before my appointment hah. Thank you:)

    • I can’t give medical advice, but I’d say to trust your midwife. And that the balloon sounds more natural than Pitocin to me.

  15. I’m curious about the ratio for doing a double brew of red rasberry leaf tea. I’ve been drinking it daily for several weeks now and use the tea bag form instead of lose leaf tea. If I wanted to do a double brew, would that be two tea bags per 8 oz of water? Just making sure it’s the same ratio as you are recommending 🙂 TIA!

    • Yes! 2 tea bags per 8 ounces water. Just double up 🙂

  16. I started the evening primrose oil vaginally at about 38 weeks. Went to the midwife at 40 weeks 4 days where she swept my membranes and 5 hours later I had my 3rd baby! All 10lbs 5oz of him naturally at home just as I planned!! It was way easier and faster than my previous 2 deliveries!!

  17. With my first, I tried everything to go into labor. Nothing worked. Red raspberry leaf tea, sex, membrane sweep, pineapple,walking, excersize, spicy food, acupressure, meditation, I even ate papaya seeds. Don’t do it!! I had HORRIBLE stomach cramps and they went right through me! Pretty sure the cramps from the papaya seeds was worse than actual labor!

    I had my water broken at 41+2 weeks and I went into labor with no pain relief and no issues. I had a healthy, beautiful 8 lb 10 oz baby boy (sunny side up, mind you, and he had an enormous head, did not tear!) with only 10 hours of labor!

    With my second boy, I didn’t do anything to indude labor because of my experience with it in the past and my water broke naturally, 2 days before me due date. Only 4.5 hours of labor and I had my little boy in my arms! 9 lb 3 oz! Came out in one push!

    I am now pregnant with my third BOY ? And due April 14th! I might get induced (breaking of waters) at 39+3 weeks because I need to be on antibiotics (GBS +) for 4 hours prior to the baby being born and I will likely have a fast labor. I’m sure all you natural mamas are gasping at the word antibiotics, but better safe than sorry!

    Every mama is different, I have read many success stories with naturally inducing, I wish they worked for me!

    Thanks for the info! I may try a few, just to see! ?

    • Are you referring to RhoGam? I have to have that during my labor even though I am not birthing in a hospital. It’s a protein to keep your blood from attacking baby’s, should they come in contact with one another.

    • I’m also GBS+ and I’ll be getting antibiotics. better safe than sorry. I’m planning on asking about getting it through a hep lock so I don’t have to drag an IV pole around with me.

  18. I’m just curious where you got info that Cervidil is made from pig semen.

    • The ingredients list contains dinoprostone, a naturally occurring prostaglandin so we can be sure it’s from an animal (and unlikely to be human). However, we haven’t verified whether it is indeed from a pig, though that seems to be the consensus online.

  19. G- I have tried several times to download docs, such as the birth plan template and now ways to induce labor naturally. Is there something I should know, bc it’s not working for me? When I click on icons to download, it sends me to a box to add my name and email address, even though I am already on the mailing list. It asks me to wait and the bar only loads 50% and never gets me to where I want to be so I can download and print things I’d like to have. Will you please direct me? Thanks,

    • Hi Julie, The way it’s set up is you have to enter your name and email and we will email you the document. If you’re already signed up, just go ahead and add your info again – we will not double-send you emails. 🙂

      • Thanks G. But the problem is that I have done what you suggested on several occasions and I do not receive the info emailed to my account. It seems to only download
        to 50%. Not sure what is going on…

        • Julie, that 50% is just an image, it actually will never change/get bigger. Once you put your name and email in the box, you should be brought to a new webpage that says something like “thank you, your document will be sent to you”. That’s how it worked for me anyway 🙂 And my document showed up in my email spam folder, so maybe that’s where yours is too??

  20. I had 2 natural births and pregnant with my 3rd right now and planning on another natural birth. There wasn’t anything that really sped labor up for me, but with my first, I ate dates and that seemed to help with recovery after, my bleeding stopped 6 days after delivery, while with my second and no dates this time, my bleeding had tapered off around 3.5 weeks! Quite the difference there. Though I must say, my water broke on its own at home a few hours after having sex and by the time we got to the hospital I would be about 3/4 cm dilated already and with steady contractions. So more dates for me this time! I will be trying raspberry leaf tea towards the end of my pregnancy this time!

  21. Hello mamas! Hello Genevieve!

    Thank you for all the great info you share in here!

    I’d like to know when it’s ok to start drinking the red raspberry leaf tea? I’m open to all suggestions.

    I’m on week 27+1 and super excited about getting to know my little one <3 😀

    Thanks in advance!

  22. Pineapple is a horrible way try eating one and your mouth is full of sores plus bleeding. That is not how you want to start labor and it does not even help unless you eat like 50. Worst advice ever!

    • Perhaps you might be somewhat sensitive, if not allergic to pineapple? I can eat a whole pineapple with no problems whatsoever. Mouth sores could indicate a food allergy.

  23. I’be had two babies and BOTH were born on their due dates with no induction. Can you believe that? I couldn’t either. I’m always late, but I have the most punctual children. ?

    • Lol!

  24. I had a midwife, and even though my pregnancy was lovely and the baby was doing well at 41 weeks, she suggested I get induced a couple of days later after I did a non-stress test (even though baby was fine). So because of pressure, I used cervidi, and went into labor that evening. She also broke my waters, had me started on oxytocin, and then because I had so much anxiety about this entire process of being induced that I was exhausted, I opted for the an epidural so I could sleep (I only slept for like an 1 1/2 hr because I was in pain due to the iv). I was so disappointed because I hoped to have a more natural experience and that my midwife would help me achieve this experience. But alas, it didn’t happen. Next time, I will be heard.

  25. Now 40 weeks + 3 days. Had a slightly higher blood pressure on Wednesday so now I need to check in on Monday. Probably will get stripped then. But I hope that I will go into labor before that! Will try a stronger brew of the red raspberry leaf tea tomorrow. And maybe will get some dates (I love dates!).

    • Wow, two mugs with strong raspberry leaf tea did the trick! I had a superfast delivery yesterday: water broke in the morning around 8, had strong contractions around 13.00, and delivered our son at 16.36!

      • WOO HOO! That makes me so happy! Glad it helped and CONGRATULATIONS MAMA!

        • Thank you! He’s so sweet 🙂
          Forgot to mention that I delivered at home sitting on a stool, just like I wanted. I remember the midwife saying: now push through the pain! And me thinking: pain? What pain? It was just a perfect Labor 🙂
          Now wondering what I can do to increase milk supply, do you have tips for that? Or maybe you already did a post on breastfeeding and how tot increase milk supply? Thanks! 🙂

      • Hey what time did you drink it and did the baby drop before you drank it ???

  26. picture change noted. 🙂 Thanks for the great info!

  27. I had prodromal labor for almost a week with my 2nd. To finally help get things going we did nipple stimulation and my midwife used acupressure, both of which were very effective!

  28. Pineapple juice, dates, red raspberry tea, rubbed clary sage e.o/coconut oil on my belly, evening promise (orally & vaginally), sex, walking, yoga, chiropractic care, prayer. Since this was our first I anticipated going nearly 2 weeks over the due date. To my surprise, my water broke the day before her due date and 25 hrs later I had our baby girl naturally. She was 9.5 lbs and 22 in long.

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