What to do to get labour going if overdue

If you are past your due date, you could try some of these ideas that some women have reported as successful (though none of these are backed by research):

  • Sex. Your partner’s semen contains natural prostaglandins that may stimulate labour (it will not make you go into labour early though. Sex during pregnancy is safe). If your waters have broken avoid sex as there’s an increased risk of infection.
  • Stimulating your nipples.
  • Drinking raspberry leaf tea.
  • Keeping active with lots of walking.

Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that castor oil will do the trick. It won’t. It will just give you horrible diarrhoea and stomach cramps that aren’t labour pains.


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