57 Natural Methods To Induce Labor When Postdate or Overdue


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21. Galloping – Some women claim that imitating a horse can help start labor. See video.

22. Glass of Wine – The slight effects of the alcohol are said to bring on labor, however remember that drinking during pregnancy is NOT recommended. You might want to check this with your doctor first.

23. Golden seal – Taken in tablet form is easiest. As it can be dangerous during pregnancy, if taken incorrectly, seek PROFESSIONAL advice first.

24. Inversions – These simple exercises can be done daily to help untwist your pelvis. Especially good if you’re experiencing prodromal (false) labor that just doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

25. Kneeling on all fours – Kneel on all fours and swing the hips back and forth. Check out this great guide on pelvic tilts.

26. Labor Cake – This rich chocolate cake recipe is said to put mamas into labor because chocolate contains phenylethylamine which can help produce oxytocin and endorphins. Although there’s not much evidence to back this up as a way to induce labor, at least you’ll enjoy yourself while trying!

27. Left Foot to Left Ear – This is another wacky one, but who knows – the stretching your poor body does while trying to achieve this position may just be enough to give your uterus sympathy pains. Don’t attempt this unless you want to run the risk of pulling a muscle!

28. Licorice – Try to get the natural kind – it contains more licorice and usually less sugar. Like castor oil, some people claim that the slightly laxative effect can cause cramps in the bowel which lead to contractions.

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Comments (22)
  1. Amalia Allen says:

    Great list. Nothing worked with my babies though. They came out when they wanted!

  2. Joi-Clayr Cruz says:

    My mother-in-law swears by cumin tea! You take cumin, a slice of potato, and some sugar to sweeten and boil. Drink quickly! It tastes horrible! I tried it, but it hasn’t worked, yet. Apparently, it is an old Mexican remedy!

  3. shaz says:

    castor oil definatley worked for me on 3 of my 4 children. i took 2 botts of it. i swear by it.

    1. Susannah Birch says:

      I strongly recommend NOT drinking two bottles as this is VERY risky to you and baby. If you’re going to attempt castor oil, read this article first.

    2. Lisa says:

      Two bottles? ??

      1. Danielle says:

        I think 2 tots

    3. kylla says:

      You took 2 bottles of it?

    4. gin says:

      It’s best to keep remedieslike this to yourself, I know someone who died from drinking a bottle of this, bad advice….. please don’t try this ladies……..

  4. Deb says:

    2 bottles!!!! Omg so bad.

  5. Machelle says:

    I did pressure points on my hand for 4 hours. Went to bed and 2 and a half hours later woke up in labor, drove myself to the hospital and was diffently in labor. My daugther was born 6 hours later. Ask a massage therapy person about it. There is 2 places on your body to do them. However your body won’t go into labor if its not time.

  6. Jade says:

    Here is a shot you can make for yourself to start contractions:
    Warm water
    Olive oil
    Then glass of milk afterward to combat the acidic shot and prevent heartburn.

    1. kristen says:

      Hey jade, how much of each for this shot?

    2. taisha says:

      Im going to try this out

  7. Mariah says:

    I’m 2cm dilated and have been having contractions I have tried walking and squats and the bouncing. And nothing yet is there any other ways you mommy’s suggest that will help that has helped you?

  8. dancee says:

    I’m 34 weeks pregnant first baby, and I really can’t go all,the way . my body hurts and pelvic pressure is,the worst what can I do to have him at least 3 weeks from now

  9. Aleyda says:

    I tried the Nipple Stimulation Nothing Worked , I am 37 weeks & 3 Days & I dilated 1 cm & 50 Effaced . I Tried for 2 days nothing waited and waited nothing came back . No Contractions or back pains .

  10. Dallas says:

    I drunk TWO TABLESPOONS of castor oil at 38 weeks. I was 0 dialated and 40% thinned. I used the bathroom twice and started having contractions within 2 hours. The contractions were 2 minutes apart from 7p.m. to 7 a.m. I went to the hospital and was 2 cm dialated. They hooked me up and induced me and I had my 7 lb 14 ounce boy at 8:49 p.m. that next night after 30 minutes of pushing and one small cut. It worked for me but doesn’t mean it will work for everyone. It only works of you’re ready.

  11. A says:

    #52 and #58 are the same?

    1. Dee says:

      Fixed, thanks for pointing that out 🙂

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