6 Simple Ways to Induce Labor Naturally

Are you done with being pregnant and ready to have your baby? A full term pregnancy is anywhere between 37 and 42 weeks, and most women will go into labor naturally between 41 and 42 weeks. And if your cervix isn’t ripe, your chances of having a C-section increase.

Warning: Consult your doctor about the safety of these labor induction techniques. Do not attempt without medical advice. 

Commonly cited natural labor induction methods include:

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 3Make 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 4Enjoy tropical fruits: Eat tropical fruits, such as kiwi, mango, and pineapple, which contain an enzyme that may cause mild contractions.

Step 5Apply pressure: Seek out an acupuncture or acupressure specialist -- focusing pressure on key areas of the body has helped some women. 

Step 6Dial-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.

Did You Know?

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.