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How to Induce Labor Naturally at Home

tips and tricks to induce labor naturally

If you are looking up the frequently asked question of how to induce labor naturally at home, then you are probably 40 weeks pregnant and had enough with pregnancy. Luckily, you are at the end of a difficult journey and you are about to meet your bundle of joy.

Fortunately, they are a few tips and tricks to induce labor naturally that will help prevent an overdue baby. The main way is to cause your uterus to contract and your cervix to open. Two hormones do this, and they include oxytocin and prostaglandin.

The following ways stimulate uterine contractions and cervix opening. 

  • Exercise

Go on long walks. Gravity helps push the baby downward. This could work, but it may take a long time to have an effect. Also, walking upstairs has a similar effect.

  • Sexual Intercourse

Semen has prostaglandin which helps ripen and soften the cervix. Orgasms also release oxytocin which contracts the uterus.

  • Pumping

Stimulating nipples releases the hormone oxytocin which leads to uterine contractions. Usually, women who have pumped went into labor within 72 hours.

  • Dates

Eating 6 dates a day for four weeks before your due date will help mothers go into labor before induction is needed.

  • Primrose Oil

Many women have taken these pills in the evening, These pills act like prostaglandin which helps the cervix soften and open up.

  • Membrane Sweep

This technique involves your doctor pushing her finger up the cervix and separating the membrane from the cervix. It is uncomfortable and may hurt, but this usually causes labor within 48 hours.

  • Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Some research concluded that red raspberry leaf tea shortens the second stage of labor. Begin drinking a cup at 32 weeks and increase the amount gradually.

These ways are scientifically proven to help in some way to induce labor. Use the tips and tricks to induce labor naturally before needing to be induced. Induction may cause complications during labor; so, these tips could be handy. If you begin feeling contractions, look for the signs found in the article “Are You In Labor” to help you decide whether you are actually in labor or not.

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3 years ago

These are all useful things to try when you are ready to go into labor! I did have a spicy meal right before I went into labor with my first!

Noteworthy Mommy
3 years ago

Very informative. Great for new moms to be.

3 years ago

These are some great tips. I know most pregnant people will do whatever they can to induce labor at the end of the pregnancy!

3 years ago

I have never heard of the raspberry tea leaves. Interesting!!! These are great way to induce naturally

Marisa H
Marisa H
3 years ago

These are great tips! I’m definitely going to share this with my friends that are expecting!!!

Carrie Pankratz
3 years ago

I tried several of these when I was overdue with my first. I was SO ready to have him in my arms—great tips for someone sick of being pregnant and ready to meet their little one.

3 years ago

These were great natural ways to induce labor! I tried all but the dates and primrose oil!

Patricia @ Grab a Plate

I’ve never heard the dates trick! Good tips here for when you’re needing it!

3 years ago

I have heard of most of these. Spicy foods too! I had spicy food before labor and I don’t know that I would recommend it since I had terrible heartburn!

Amber Myers
Amber Myers
3 years ago

These are some great tips. I went into labor doing nothing with my son and with my daughter I had to get petocin. I had tried so many things to go into labor with her but she was like “nope.”

Puja Kumari
3 years ago
Reply to  Amber Myers

These are great tips to induce while staying at home. Thanks for sharing!

3 years ago

I’ve heard of most of these but I had never heard of the red raspberry leaves! Very cooL!