Five natural induction methods for getting baby out

You are at the end of your pregnancy. Even if it’s been an easy one, chances are, you are ready to serve baby an eviction notice.

But say that sweet little angel is nice and cozy and you are getting close to – or even past – your due date. While we all know that a due date isn’t an expiration date, there are things you can try to move things along.

As always, you should consult with your midwife or doctor.

Here are five natural induction methods for getting baby out. Read on:


A nice brisk walk has been shown to help women move things along, so to speak. It can also take your mind off of things and exercise is a good thing for mom and baby.


Everyone has probably heard this at one time or another, but many women swear by sex as a way to kickstart labor. Others say that nipple stimulation can help as well.

There might be some truth to sex, as semen contains a hormone called prostaglandin that can soften and ready the cervix.

So, give it a try! You just never know.

Homeopathic remedies and food

Some people say spicy food is a sure-fire labor starter and other swear by things like pineapple, evening primrose oil and even eating dates. These foods and homeopathic remedies are supposed to help “ripen” and ready your cervix. At least pineapple is delicious.

We’ve also heard of women trying castor oil, but that can have some very unpleasant side effects so we would say: Steer clear.


This one requires the help of an expert, but some women say acupuncture is a great way to get labor going by helping to release oxytocin.

Does it work though? We can’t say, but laying down in a relaxing environment sounds pretty good to us, since once baby comes, those days will be short-lived.

Membrane stripping

Again, you’ll have to ask for professional help on this one – either from your doctor or midwife. It can be an unpleasant procedure, but there are women who go into labor after having this done.

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