44. Stretch and sweep of membranes – Your midwife or doctor can perform this simple procedure. A finger is inserted into the cervix and a gentle ‘sweep’ of the finger slightly separates the uterus wall and amniotic sac, sometimes leading to labor within hours or days. Some women say it’s an easy, painless procedure, others claim it can be very painful. How well it works can also depend on if you are very far dilated or not. Some women can have it done up to 5 times before seeing results.
45. Swimming – Relaxed swimming can help bring out the baby – both the water and the movement help. If you’re experiencing sciatica, SPD or PGP, the swimming can help with that, too.
46. Swinging on a swing – Similar to a bumpy car ride but probably a bit easier on mum.
47. Thyme Tea – Worth a try!
48. Visualisation exercises – Many women swear by these. Try making a recording of yourself talking about the baby moving down, preparing to be born, your cervix dilating or just imagine it in your head.
49. Walking – The bumping up and down can help the baby move into the birth canal. In fact, this is one of the few ways that most doctors agree on for starting labor.
50. Walking up/down stairs – More bumping up and down! The further lifting of the legs can help with moving the baby if walking doesn’t seem to.
51. Yoga – Many places offer special classes for all stages of pregnancy or you can purchase books, videos and classes online.1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10