Self-inducing labor techniques are not medically proven, but they include massage, acupuncture, acupressure, sexual intercourse, nipple stimulation, walking and mild exercise.
Induction of labour is the process of using drugs or other methods to artificially start labour. Induction is carried out so that a baby can be delivered even though labour has not started spontaneously (on its own).
Induction can be the right choice for some women, but it has risks. Most experts say it's best to let labor begin on its own and progress naturally unless there's a clear medical reason.
The Risk of Labor Induction:
- The uterus contracting too quickly, causing changes in fetal heart rate or umbilical cord problems
- Infection in mother or baby
- Uterine rupture
- Increased risk of C-section
- In rare cases, fetal death