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Inducing Labor

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Can I Induce Labor Myself?

Tales abound of home remedies that supposedly bring on labor, but there is no scientific evidence to back them up. These methods include: 

  • Having sex
  • Gently stimulating your nipples
  • Herbal remedies including blue or black cohosh (some herbs can be dangerous if you don’t use them properly)
  • Drinking small amounts of castor oil
  • Walking

Don’t try any of these home methods without first talking to your doctor or midwife. Some could pose risks.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH on July 20, 2014
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