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