12 Natural Ways to Start Labor

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12 natural ways to start labor

Let’s face it–baby will come when baby wants to come! Sometimes though, we’d like to give them a gentle nudge. You may find yourself looking for natural ways to start labor… You should first know that babies born between 39 weeks and 40 weeks, six days have the best health outcomes, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said in a statement that changed the definition of “full term.”

That being said, please don’t try any of these natural ways to start labor until you’re 39 weeks pregnant!

  • Acupuncture (which is also said to help lower c-sections!)

  • Acupressure

  • Sex, because sperm contains prostaglandins which stimulate the cervix

  • Evening primrose oil

  • Walking, climbing stairs (the idea is not to be exhausted, which doesn’t make for a fun time in labor!)

  • Nipple stimulation

  • Massage

  • Pineapple, Eggplant, Spicy Food

  • Bouncing on a birthing ball

  • Chiropractic adjustment

  • Red raspberry leaf tea

  • Labor-Inducing Cookie Recipe

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional! I’m just a soon-to-be third time mom who loves to research! Please discuss any of these methods with care provider before trying!

[edited to add: I had my little guy the day after I wrote this blog post! Read all about my home water birth here]

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12 natural ways to start labor

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