How Can I Get Labor Started?
If a woman goes past her due date, she may wonder how to self-induce labor. One of the most popular methods is to drink an ounce of castor oil in orange or grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice is preferable because of its tartness. Before drinking, apply a thick layer of lipstick to your lips. Quickly stir the castor oil into the juice, and drink. Wipe off the lipstick. This prevents an oily residue on your lips from the castor oil. Then follow with a glass of plain juice.
Another popular method to stimulate labor is to have sexual intercourse. This should not be performed if your membranes have ruptured. The semen that is deposited contains prostaglandins, which can cause contractions. Nipple stimulation releases oxytocin, which can also cause uterine contractions. This can be done by you or your partner. In addition, your partner can stimulate specific acupressure points to induce labor.
Other women may encourage you to eat certain foods or to dine at a certain restaurant that is known for putting women into labor. Usually, the meal consists of something that will increase movement of the intestines or cause loose bowel movements. While these methods may help to initiate labor, if your baby is not ready to be born, there is no guarantee.