8 Amazing Natural Ways to Induce Labor: When Your Due Date Is Passed!

Waiting after your due date can be daunting!

Hello Mamas! Have you ever been pregnant and your due date passed? Well I can imagine the anxiety, apprehension, and even worry about when will that mighty day arrive. I am going to help you out today with some natural remedies that have worked and are still working for many women today. Many pregnant women, particularly first-time mothers, are surprised to learn that their baby’s due date passes them by without a single contraction.

The closer you get to the scheduled delivery date (also known as the EDD), the more nervous you may get. You may start to worry if this baby would ever arrive. This website contains affiliate links. As an affiliate I would receive a small commission if you purchase through my links. Thank you for your consideration.( Paid link here).

Research is relevant here

Guess what research has shown us?

While many women deliver healthy babies two weeks before or after their expected due date, it is recommended that women wait until they are at least 39 weeks pregnant.

It’s best to let nature decide when your baby will arrive. Approximately, 201 women who had recently delivered babies were surveyed about inducing labor at home in a 2011 studyTrusted Source. Fifty percent of these women had sought a natural met.

Late pregnancy may be difficult β€” you might feel bloated all over, your feet and back may hurt, you might lack stamina to do much of anything, and you’re eager to see the baby you’ve been nurturing for so long. That’s why waiting a little longer than you planned can be especially difficult.

And if you’re past your due date, it’s not a guarantee that your doctor (or other health care provider) will accept you.

Waiting for labor to start on its own has its advantages.
Most pregnant women at 40 weeks want their babies out of their bellies and into their arms as soon as possible.

However, there are many advantages of waiting before the body chooses to go into labor on its own, including faster recovery.

Women who haven’t been induced typically heal faster than those who have been. In the womb for a longer period of time does have its perks.

What is Induction of labor?

Induction of labor can be planned by you and your practitioner

Oops!I assumed that everyone knows what induction of labor is all about.

What is it, exactly?
Labor induction is when physicians use drugs or other medical methods to try to speed up labor. Some doctors used to induce labor on a regular basis. However, it is now only done if there is a genuine medical need for it. In most cases, labor is permitted to run its course. In certain cases, however, a health care provider can advise induction. Here are some natural remedies that might be possible for you.

1. Tea made from red raspberry leaves

Raspberry tea is the perfect choice for induction

As your due date approaches, your midwife will advise you to drink red raspberry leaf tea. Tea may help prepare the uterus for childbirth by toning and strengthening it. You’ll stay hydrated even if it doesn’t work.
Cervical ripening is increased, and cervical dilation at the start of labor is reduced.

2. Eating Dates

Dates can be also delicious and filling

SomeTrusted Source research shows that eating dates in the final weeks of pregnancy.Dates for dinner
According to some studies from Trusted Source, consuming dates in the final weeks of pregnancy is beneficial.

  • increases cervical ripening and cervical dilation at the start of labor
  • decreases the need for Pitocin use during labor

3. Caster oil

Castor oil stimulates prostaglandins- the labor hormone!

Drinking a little bit of castor oil like only 1–2 ounces (29.57–59.14 mL) of castor oil stimulates prostaglandin release, which can help ripen the cervix and get labor started.

It’s recommended that this be done under the supervision of a midwife or doctor. People should be careful not to drink too much of castor oil. Here is a link to find some castor oil

4. Acupressure

Acupuncture is known to assist labor commencement

Acupressure is a technique for applying pressure to specific points
Acupressure, according to some practitioners, may assist in the initiation of labor. Make sure you get enough advice from a certified acupressure practitioner before using acupressure on yourself.

Even if acupressure doesn’t start your labor, it can help you cope with pain and discomfort when you’re giving birth.

5. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of acupuncture that uses needles. It has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of ailments. Acupuncture’s exact mechanism of action is unknown.

It is thought to regulate the chi, or essential energy, inside the body in Chinese medicine. Changes in hormones or the nervous system can also be induced. Only a licensed acupuncturist should perform the procedure.

6. Nipple stimulation

Nipple stimulation is another stimulator

Stimulation of the nipples? Oh really!!
Your uterus may contract as a result of stimulating your nipples, which could lead to labor.

The release of oxytocin is stimulated by nipple stimulation. The hormone oxytocin allows the uterus to contract and the breasts to release milk. Do you have flat nipples? Check this link out for your supply to help you with breastfeeding.

In reality, this same stimulation will help your uterus shrink back to its original size if you want to breastfeed your baby right after delivery.

7. Sex

Having sex can stimulate prostiglandins to induce labor

Theoretically, there are a variety of explanations why sex can cause labor. Sexual activity, especially orgasm, can release oxytocin, which can help uterine contractions get started.

There are also prostaglandin hormones in semen that can help ripen the cervix in pregnant women who have sex with men. Having sex during the last weeks of pregnancy is healthy, but NOT IF YOUR WATER IS BROKEN. This is a set up of an infection.


Exercise can be something that raises the heart rate, such as going on a long walk. Even if this approach does not succeed, it is an excellent way to alleviate tension and prepare the body for the challenge ahead. Many women also find that going on the beach and walking in the sand helps a lot. Here is a link for the best exercise gears.

God cares for you

No matter what you are going through know that God cares for you. Talk to Him about everything and trust Him to bring it to pass. Pray about everything.

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Bottom line

Talk with your healthcare provider about any risks or potential complications before doing something that could cause labor.

Though some of these practices are common among pregnant women, there is no scientific evidence to back them up.

It’s usually better to let the baby choose their own due date, even if it means waiting another week or two.

Thank you for visiting today. I sure hope you were blessed reading this. If you are pregnant- Congratulations! I wish you every success. Please consult your healthcare before trying any of the above. Feel free to like or comment this post and share it with others. May the good Lord bless and keep you safe.



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Published by Marilyn Smith

Hello. My name is Marilyn Smith. I am a Health Specialist with specialized skills in Clinical Practical Nursing, and Midwife of thirty six years. I am also a certified Lactation and Grief Specialist. I am well qualified to assist in meeting your breastfeeding needs. Breastfeeding is indeed the best for your baby. Congratulations on making such a wonderful decision. Consider this your home as we learn about the joys and pains of pregnancy & breastfeeding

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