Older women, who remember the days of castor oil and enemas, may recommend these methods to you. But beware: these methods are not sure ways to kick-start labor. One small review tried to determine if these methods really worked and didn’t find any effect, though it was too small to be conclusive. It did find, however, that all of the women involved experienced unpleasant side effects, like nausea or diarrhea. Why put yourself through more discomfort than you need to?
Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, December 2018