10 Natural Ways to Encourage Labor When You Want That Baby Out! (PHOTOS)

laborWhen you are 37.5 weeks pregnant and contracting constantly and wishing for maternity leave to begin, the absolute last thing you can possibly imagine is going for another two weeks. But, as we all know, there is no guarantee as labor can happen any time between the 37 and 40 week mark.

So I am here, waiting. Waiting. Waiting. Twiddling my thumbs. And waiting still. I know it's early and I want this baby to be as healthy as possible, so I am willing to wait longer. But in about a week or so, I am going to lose my patience.

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As a home birth mama who has no plans to induce or try to any non-natural means to get things going, I am curious about the natural ways moms-to-be get things started without drugs or IVs. Here are 10 natural ways moms-to-be can jump start their labor:

Did you use anything to get labor started?

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Blues... Blueshark77

I played 4 rounds of mini golf a week after my due date and the contractions started that night. Maybe coincidence, but I'm counting it!

Krystian Kaufold

I was 35 weeks, five CM dilated for about three weeks, and was having contractions every few minutes, and doctors refused to do anything about it, and the doctors told me I had to deal with it. 

My husband came home for thanksgiving, he had sex, I made him check my cervix, I walked, and that was for three days straight...I finally just started drinking the damn castor oil.

justa... justamom272

I drank 3 cups of the raspberry tea and took a warm bath. I was in the hospital 2 hours later and had my beautiful daughter within 2.5 hours after arriving there.

nonmember avatar Leslie

What a terrible article. Your babies will come when it's time. You have no idea whether your baby is completely developed. Do you have any idea what it's like to deliver a preemie and be discharged from the hospital and have to leave your baby in the NICU? 37 weeks is term (not necessarily ready). 40 weeks is FULL TERM. It's completely selfish to want your baby to be born because you are tired of being pregnant. You signed up for 40 weeks. http://www.examiner.com/article/surviving-the-nicu-the-emotional-roller-coaster

nonmember avatar Laurie

None of it worked but i ended up almost throwing up a pineapple, gave myself wicked stomach cramps and hurt myself having sex. Both pregnancies I carried more than a week over and tried everything. No. Just. No.

Krystian Kaufold

Leslie, I don't get leaving a baby in NICU, but I get delivering premmies. 

I was pregnant with twins, and had had so many problems that at 35&1 it was just time for them to be born. I was being admitted every other day, and in L&D every single day. 

Angie... AngieHayes

I was 42 weeks along with my second, and drink castor oil, IT DID NOTHING!!!! About a week later I had her, I think a lot of these things might work if you are ready but if not, they probably won't work at all. They didn't for me!! I am pregnant with my third now, 36 weeks along, but we are in the process of moving so I do not want this girl to come anytime soon.

MrsLund MrsLund

Leslie, I do know what it's like having a preemie and to be discharged from the hospital. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. It sickened me every day leaving my dd in the NICU.

I'm on my second pregnancy and will be induced no matter what before 39 weeks due to gestational diabetes, so I will be taking matters into my own hands when I'm over 37 weeks.

Bridg... Bridget1981

Delivering early (preemie early) and having to leave baby in the NICU while you go home sucks.  Been there done that twice (my last 2).  I've also suffered a horrible pregnancy with my fourth.  He was born in 2009.  I ended up with H1N1 at 21 weeks, almost died and then started threatening with pre-term labour at 23.  I suffered through hell for the second half of that pregnancy (spent most of it either in the hospital or at home on extreme bed rest) but would so much rather go thorough that than the Nicu.

Lucki... Luckicharmz

I'm really surprised a membrane sweep isn't on that list, it's completely natural and can help jump start labour. I had one done on my due date, I was already expecting a good sized baby (he ended up being 10lbs 2 oz) and there was ZERO signs of labor but my midwife wanted to honor my plans for natural labour for as long as possible.

Thankfully he was born about 7 hours later cause if he'd been any bigger i'd risk going into C-Section territory which i had absolutely no plans on doing.


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