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5 rumors about starting labor

Sex may not work

If you want to have sex and are able, go for it, but it may not help you start labor.

Sex should theoretically start contractions because orgasm causes your body to release oxytocin, and semen contains prostaglandins. However, there aren’t enough scientific studies to know if it does or doesn’t work. Since you can’t be sure that it will start labor, don’t force yourself to have sex, unless you want to.

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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