Moms-to-Be Try to Induce Labor on Their Own Photo: Thinkstock / The Bump
As pregnant women approach their due dates (or go past them and find themselves…still pregnant), many feel so ready to give birth they’ll take it into their own hands to try to induce labor. At least that’s what a new study from researchers at Ohio State University says. In the study, 201 moms who’d completed at least 37 weeks of pregnancy were given a survey. In their responses, 50.7 percent said they tried “unprescribed” methods to induce labor. The most popular methods were walking (87 percent), having sex (46 percent), eating spicy food (22 percent) and stimulating their nipples (15 percent). The problem with those methods? Most of them are only theories and haven’t been proven to work. And nipple stimulation? That, the researchers say, could bring about too many contractions, which might be unsafe. In other words, if you find yourself very pregnant and very ready to have your baby, ask your doctor before trying any DIY induction methods.
Did you try any “unprescribed” methods to bring on labor? What were they -- and do you think they worked?
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