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How To Bring On Labour – An old Wives Guide and 5 tips to help you meet your beautiful baby asap!

Disclaimer: This blog post “How to Bring on Labour’ is intended for entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice. Please consult with your healthcare provider before attempting any of these tips.

Are you feeling like a ticking time bomb with your overdue baby? Are you ready to do just about anything to get things moving along? Well, fear not, mama-to-be, because I’ve got some Old Wives Tales tips to help bring on birth when you’re overdue.

How To Bring On Labour

How To Bring On Labour – 5 top tips!

  1. Go on a bumpy car ride: This is a classic old wives’ tale that has been passed down from generation to generation. It’s said that the jolting motion of a car ride can help move the baby into position and get things going. With the state of the roads and all the potholes, every day is a bumpy car ride these days! But let’s be honest, you might want to pack some extra towels for the inevitable mess you’ll be cleaning up if it works.
  2. Eat spicy foods: This one is for all you spicy food lovers out there. It’s said that spicy foods can help stimulate the digestive system and get things moving. Just be prepared for some serious heartburn and indigestion, but hey, at least it’s not nausea…get your local Indian restaurant on speed dial! 
  3. Have sex: Yes, you read that right and I know the thought of trying to get your swollen ankles wrapped around anyone’s neck is probably the last thing on your mind…but it’s said that the prostaglandins found in semen can help soften and dilate the cervix, while the oxytocin released during orgasm can help stimulate contractions. So, get busy with your partner or DIY it and just go for the oxytocin…and who knows, you might have a baby on the way before you know it!
  4. Dance it out: Put on your favourite music and get grooving. Dancing can help move the baby into position and get those contractions going. Plus, it’s a great way to burn off some of that restless energy you’ve been feeling. Just make sure you don’t accidentally start breakdancing and end up in the hospital for a whole different reason…that said, I was actually so frustrated with being two weeks overdue that I went for a walk and even managed a cartwheel…my baby came out that night!
  5. Eat Pineapples: It’s said that pineapples contain bromelian that can help bring on labour and get things moving.  However, you would likely need to eat at least 8 of the things to see any kind of effect… you can imagine what that would do to your stomach!  So, if you’re going to attempt this one, make sure you have a comfy seat near a bathroom.

In all seriousness, it’s important to remember that these tips about How To Bring On Labour, are not scientifically proven and should not be attempted without consulting your healthcare provider first. Being overdue can be frustrating, but it’s important to trust the natural process and let your body do its thing.  Before you know it that precious little bundle is going to be safely in your arms and your will forgot about this waiting game!


In the meantime, why not try some more relaxing techniques like prenatal yoga, meditation, or getting a massage? You deserve to take care of yourself and prepare for the arrival of your little one.  Make the most of the sleep you can get, however uncomfortable, as that is all going to change very quickly!

And if all else fails, there’s always the option of waiting it out and letting your baby come when they’re ready. Remember, they have their own timeline and will arrive when they’re good and ready.

So, there you have it, my top 5 hilariously questionable tips for How To Bring On Labour when you’re overdue. Just remember to use them at your own risk and always consult with your healthcare provider before attempting anything!

Want to know how to tell when you are in labour? Check out the advice on the NHS

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