It's exhausting making a human and, at times, quite uncomfortable. Towards the end of pregnancy, especially if you've watched your due date come and go, you might start thinking about trying to induce your labor. After all, you've been at this whole pregnancy thing for nine long months what could be the harm in giving the whole labor process a little nudge? There are many old wives tales and theories about how to "naturally" induce labor, including one that can be particularly fun: sex. Not all positions are created equal though, and some sex positions for inducing labor may be better than others.
Before delving into how intercourse may induce labor, it's important to note that it has not been medically proven that sex or certain sexual positions actually work to make your baby come out. Many midwives and doulas tout sex as a natural way to induce labor according to New Health Advisor, because it's assumed that the uterine contractions from a woman's orgasm and the release of oxytocin could jump start the process. The same site also noted that prostaglandin helps soften the cervix and that hormone is in semen.
Assuming those natural results of sex induce labor, one could assume that certain positions that increase the likelihood of orgasm and maximize the potential for sperm to reach the cervix, are best to jump start the process. It's important to note, however, that it's not always safe for a pregnant woman to have sex. If a woman is at risk for pre term labor, has a low lying placenta, has vaginal bleeding, or her water is broken, intercourse is not advised according to New Kids Center.
Not all pregnancies are the same and what feels good to you, may not for another person so a little gentle experimentation will be key. If something hurts or feels uncomfortable you should stop. However, if you desire sex, it feels good to you, and you're near your due date, here are six sex positions that are reportedly best for inducing labor.