Orgasm — no matter how or when it is achieved — releases oxytocin, the same hormone that causes labor contractions. This is because semen contains prostaglandins, the hormone-like substances that help ripen the cervix which, in turn, can trigger contractions. So you can go solo, or bring in some support.
NEW YORK - Despite a widespread belief that sex during the later stages of pregnancy can jumpstart labor, a new study from Malaysia found no differences in the timing of delivery between women who had sex near term and those who abstained. Tan Peng Chiong, an obstetrics and gynecology professor at the University of Malaya, and one of the authors of the study. Tan said that many women believe intercourse can induce labor, and scientists have proposed plausible biological explanations for why it might help.
It's common for many pregnant women, especially first-time mothers, to watch their baby's due date come and go without so much as a contraction. The farther away from the expected delivery date called the EDD you get, the more anxious you might become. You may start to wonder — is this baby ever going to come?
This video is part of our series of videos all about the evidence on different natural induction methods. Having sex is commonly suggested to people as a way to get labor going at the end of pregnancy. But is it evidence-based?
A pregnancy usually lasts for 38 to 42 weeks. It is considered overdue if it lasts more than 42 weeks. One way to estimate your due date is to count 40 weeks ahead from the first day of your last menstrual period.
Using a breast pump may help start labor contractions for some full-term pregnant women or for those past their due dates. The theory is that nipple stimulation from the breast pump increases the levels of the hormone oxytocin in the body. This, in turn, may relax the body and help start uterine contractions.
By the time I was 39 weeks pregnant, I was more than ready to have my baby. On top of feeling uncomfortable almost constantly, the anticipation of experiencing labor for the first time and getting to meet my little one was becoming increasingly unbearable. Feeling incredibly anxious and apprehensive, the week before I gave birth I did a ton of research on how I could naturally induce labor.
Every year, one in five labours are medically induced in the UK, and induction is offered to all women who don't go into labour naturally by 42 weeks. Induction is not without its risks and discomfort, and it is understandable that women may look to some alternate method of inducing labour. One American study reported that half of women who reach their due dates attempt to initiate labour through a variety of non-medical techniques.