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How to Induce Labor Naturally

If you're overdue, these natural methods may help urge your baby to enter the world.


  • : Consult your doctor about the safety of these labor induction techniques. Do not attempt without medical advice.
  • Step 1: Relax Release tension and stop worrying -- stress and anxiety will impede labor. Relax by soaking in a warm bath, getting a professional massage, or inhaling a soothing scent such as clary sage.
  • Step 2: Meditate Use visualization and meditation techniques. Close your eyes, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, and visualize your cervix gently opening and your baby being born.
  • Step 3: Make love Have sex with your partner. Semen has a labor-inducing hormone, and female orgasm can open the cervix as much as two centimeters.
  • TIP: Elevate your hips after lovemaking to help the semen stay on the cervix and encourage thinning and dilation.
  • Step 4: Enjoy tropical fruits Eat tropical fruits, such as kiwi, mango, and pineapple, which contain an enzyme that may cause mild contractions.
  • Step 5: Apply pressure Seek out an acupuncture or acupressure specialist -- focusing pressure on key areas of the body has helped some women.
  • Step 6: Dial-up activity Swing in the park or drive down a bumpy road to shift your baby into a delivery position. Take a slow walk or pedal gently on a stationary bike to enlist gravity's help in opening the cervix -- and speeding the arrival of your bundle of joy.
  • FACT: Did you know? More than 4.3 million babies are born in the U.S. every year -- that's nearly 12,000 new babies every day.

You Will Need

  • Doctor's advice
  • Relaxation
  • Sex
  • Tropical fruits
  • Acupressure or acupuncture
  • Herbal supplements
  • Swing set
  • bumpy road
  • or stationary bike

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