Which "old wives tales" for induction work the best?



Here’s the deal- Your body knows how to go into labor on it’s own.  It really does. 

As a culture, for some reason,  have decided an acceptable time frame without regard to the individual women’s mensural cycle, ovulation date etc.

Because of this arbitrary “due date”, inductions have become a thing.   And just like with ANYTHING that you use to force your body to do something it isn’t necessarily ready to do, it isn’t ideal, chemical OR natural. 

If you are faced with a chemical induction, There are some options that might be able to help your body go into labor more naturally….

DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH and consult experts and professionals if you are interested in any of these ways to induce. 

Sometimes the feeling of being able to do something is all that is needed to get things going. Even if it is an old wives tale.   


Let’s go through the most popular “old wives tales”



There are several herbs that have been used at the end of pregnancy to get the uterus and pelvis ready for labor and stimulate uterus contractions.

The awesome thing about herbs, is that if your body isn’t ready for labor, then nothing will happen. 

Red Raspberry

is your best bet for helping to tone your uterus for labor.  It might not stimulate contractions, but it will help your contractions be the best they can be when they start. 

You can safely drink several cups of concentrated tea in the last few weeks of pregnancy.

Red Raspberry Capsules

Red Raspberry Loose Leaf Tea 

Blue Cohosh

Is a popular herb that women take to induce labor. Make sure not to overdo this herb.  DO NOT TAKE blue cohosh in large amounts until AFTER your due date. Or if your water has broken and contractions are not starting. You can take Black cohosh with Blue Cohosh.  They work well together.  Take in capsules or tinctures.

 Blue Cohosh Capsules

Birth Prep and Labor Prep Formulas-

These are formulas that you take starting 6 weeks before your due date.  Starting slowly and working up to a full dose near your due date.  Just like with ANY form of induction, be cautious and wise. Tap into your intuition.  If you don’t feel well, stop. If you are nauseous or have headaches stop. 

Do your own research and listen to your intuition. 

Dr. Christopher’s Birth Prep

Mountain Meadows Gentle Birth

Pink Stork Labor Prep Tea

Nature’s Sunshine 5-W formula


The question you might want to ask your self is, "Are herbs a better option than chemicals?" Depends on the person.  Trust your instincts!



We know several women that swear by acupuncture to stimulate labor contractions.  Consult a professional if you are wondering more about this.


Some practitioners believe that acupressure can start and restart labor.

If acupressure doesn’t get your labor going, it’s still an excellent way to alleviate pain and discomfort during labor.

  Acupressure is the application of pressure usually using the fingertips on acupuncture points.. Firm pressure is applied for several minutes, repeated several times daily.


Castor oil

Some people have claimed that downing caster oil will put you in labor.  Well, Because it’s a laxative it’s thought to be a uterine stimulant, only because it is tormenting your innards with diarrhea and vomiting can definitely cause uterine contractions…is it worth it though? 

We do not recommend you ingesting caster oil, if you want to, we suggest a caster oil pack. Wet a washcloth or paper towel with caster oil and place on your lower abdomen. Wrap some plastic wrap to hold it in place. This is much more mild on the body and the body will still absorb the caster oil without making you sick.


Walking the curb/ Excessive Exercise/ Endless Walking

Exercise can be beneficial for labor, until it becomes too much or too extreme! Labor is hard work and can be exhausting.  You are setting yourself up for a hard labor if you take exercise to the extreme. 

Let the exercise that you do be something that gets the heart rate up, such as a long walk that calms your mind and soul.  Take in the beauty around you and think of all the things you are grateful for.  This kind of walk will be invigorating for your soul when labor starts.

Even if this method doesn’t work, it’s a great way to relieve stress and keep your body strong for the task ahead.



    1. RELAXATION!!! (Guided imagery, visualizations, deep abdominal breathing)
    2. REST!!! (take lots of naps)

    Like we said, labor is hard work.  The more you rest and relax into the process of birthing your baby, the more enjoyable this experience will be.  


    Perks of waiting for labor to start on its own

    While most women at 40 weeks are ready to have their babies in their arms and out of their bellies as soon as possible, there are plenty of perks to waiting until your body naturally decides to go into labor — including recovery.

    Women who weren’t induced typically recover more quickly than those who were. More time in the womb can mean both you and your new baby get to go home from the hospital sooner.

    Infants who are born after a full-term pregnancy also experience other benefits. More time in the womb typically means:

    • more time to build muscle and strength
    • reduced risk of low blood sugar, infection, and jaundice
    • improved breathing: infants born even as little as two weeks early can experience twice the number of complications
    • better feeding once born
    • increased brain development, with the brain growing a third of its size between weeks 35 and 40

    Let your body do the work for a few more days, and take the time to get as much rest as you possibly can. We know, that’s easier said than done when you’re nine months pregnant. You and your baby will need all your energy soon enough! 



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