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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.

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Reviewed by Trina Pagano, MD on January 27, 2013
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