True labor is not based on a single cervical measurement. So if you go to the hospital and are sent home because you weren’t in active labor, don’t feel bad. It can sometimes be hard to know, especially with your first baby! Keep in mind that many old wives’ tales exist when it comes to spurring on labor, from eating spicy foods to bouncing on birthing balls. Membrane stripping and nipple stimulation have been shown to work, but you should talk with your provider about whether you really need this or should just wait for things to start on their own.
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Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, April 2020