For a long time, women have been told that sex at the end of pregnancy would help bring on the contractions that signal labor. But is there solid scientific evidence that sex brings on labor? Human sperm contains substances called prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances that can help ripen the cervix and therefore help labor begin. Additional prostaglandins are released by the woman during sex. Since synthetic prostaglandins are used as a method of cervical ripening for labor induction, it seems logical that natural sources might also be useful. Sex play also often includes stimulating the breasts and nipples , which can result in releasing oxytocin.
I was huge and everything ached, and I was desperate to meet my babies. So I tried to induce labor myself. I got acupuncture for the first time in my life. I walked — O. I poured Tabasco sauce on everything.
You made it! After 40 weeks of pregnancy some sweet and exciting, others excruciatingly long… , your due date has finally arrived. So is it okay to have sex while you wait for her arrival? And if so, could getting busy help to speed things along? Sex at 40 weeks pregnant can come with some big questions and unexpected surprises.
You patiently await your due date, eyeing it on your calendar and instructing loved ones to prepare for it days in advance. But when the date comes and goes with nary a contraction, you might be tempted to take matters into your own hands and research how to induce labor yourself. According to a study by Schaffir and his colleagues, more than half of pregnant women turn to nonpharmacological approaches to hasten labor as they approach or go past their due dates , but fewer than half tell their doctors or midwives what they're up to. That's troubling, doctors and midwives say, because although some folk methods may work, some come with unintended consequences.