Go beyond prego pizza + meet your baby already

In honor of May 5th, I offer you my best tips and experience for trying to induce your full-term baby. If your baby is fully-baked and you want to help nature take its course, there are some home remedies for kicking labor into gear that folks are talking about.*

very pregnant heather

I’m not telling you which of these I tried with Holden-to-be, but I will say that we were gunning awfully hard for a 05/05/05 birthdate (so much so that my husband took 5/4 off of work so we could get to business):

  • Sex - what got ‘em in will get ‘em out
  • Nipple stimulation – trust me, whatever you do is nothing compared to nursing a real baby
  • Spicy foodRuen Pair’s medium spicy makes my head sweat!
  • Ride on a tractor – my grandma said it worked for her
  • Jumping jacks – as recommended by my own doctor
  • Pizza - eating a fully loaded Prego Pizza at Skipolini’s in Walnut Creek or a big meaty Zachary’s
  • Castor oil omelet – blech
  • Long walks – up hills or on the beach is even better
  • Chocolate - I believe my mom recommended a full pound in one sitting
  • Aggressive pedicure where they hit all the acupressure hotspots

Kendra from ShoppingForTwo.com has shared what she calls her “Jump Start Your Labor Cookies” recipe.

I will also say that once labor really started and we got our precious baby home, I wondered why I was in such a hurry.

Do you swear by any unusual labor-inducing ideas? Anything that worked?!

* you KNOW we’re not doctors, call your doc about your own situation if any of these ideas thrill and concern you.

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RookieMoms co-founder & mom to 3 boys in Berkeley, CA. Bossy big sister and project manager turned blogger helping moms enjoy their first years of motherhood. Find me on my other site on 510families.com or hiding in my minivan eating dark chocolate.