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5 rumors about starting labor

Scientifically unproven methods

Consider whether these options are worth the risk or effort before trying to use them to start labor.

As your due date approaches, there are a variety of factors that might make you wish you could just get the process started. Maybe your discomfort has become more than a small annoyance, maybe you are excited to finally meet baby, or maybe you are feeling both of these anxieties. With these factors on your mind, it is tempting to try different “tricks” to start labor; however, you may not want to try just any method your friends or the internet tell you about. Many methods only have rumors to back them up — not scientific proof.

Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, December 2018

References

  1. Smith CA, Crowther CA, Grant SJ. Acupuncture for induction of labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD002962. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002962.pub3.
  2. Kelly AJ, Kavanagh J, Thomas J. Castor oil, bath and/or enema for cervical priming and induction of labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD003099. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003099.pub2.
  3. Smith CA. Homoeopathy for induction of labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2003, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD003399. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003399.
  4. Kavanagh J, Kelly AJ, Thomas J. Sexual intercourse for cervical ripening and induction of labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2001, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD003093. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003093.

Comments

  1. Note to self, do not try castor oil! But if walking helps in any way I might try that!

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    1. Yes, if there is one method to avoid I would say the castor oil – those side effects are not pleasant!

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  2. Nothing helped mine all induced

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  3. I’ve heard of castor oil, sex, and many other things to spews things up. Baby will come when he/she is ready.

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    1. Speed

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      1. Yes, unfortunately none of those methods are proven but some women definitely swear by them! I agree, babies make their appearance when they decide the time is right 🙂

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  4. I walked alot!!! That’s what helped me dilate quickly.

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  5. walking did it for me. After walking a bit my water broke, at night, with 2 of my babies.

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