Rumour has it that there are some natural ways to induce labour. So when you're past your due date, ready to pop and just want to hurry things along a little, it may be worth having a look at your options!
Before you do anything like trying these methods out, do chat it over with your midwife first.
Some of these methods have been tried and tested. Some are just old wives tales. Think of the effects on your body (and your baby) before taking anything, and don't try any of these methods unless you are overdue. Most babies are classed as full term when you are 37 weeks pregnant. Labour will normally start on its own between 37 and 42 weeks, so you are not classed as overdue until you are 10 to 14 days past your due date.
Naturally inducing labor can be tried in many ways, take a look at the list, and see what takes your fancy. There is more info on some of them, click the link to see more details.
Castor oil... If you want to know how to induce labor naturally, then many women who have tried this will tell you, it has got to be the worst method of all of the natural ways to induce labour. Although it may help to kick-start labour, it is more likely to make you vomit and give a bad case of diarrhoea. Vomiting and diarrhoea in pregnancy can make you dehydrated, which is definitely not good. So my advice with this one is to 'not bother' and try something else!
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