I will never forget the last two weeks of my pregnancy. I was over it. Completely. So I totally understand why you'd want to get that baby out of you ASAP, but there are definitely reasons why you shouldn't try to induce labor naturally, and they range from making you even more uncomfortable than you already are to possible life-threatening issues.
“So while we can potentially stimulate contractions and labor before the due date, the question is, should you? As a general rule, the body knows what to do and when to do it. Studies show that spontaneous labors tend to be faster with a higher likelihood of delivering vaginally,” Dr. Idries Abdur-Rahman, OB-GYN, author of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pregnancy (But Were Too Afraid or Embarrassed To Ask) and one half of the Twin Doctors for TwinDoctorsTV tells Romper in an email interview.
Samantha McClellan, a certified birth doula with more than six years of experience and owner of The Carolina Doula Collective adds, “The truth is, no home induction method is going to put you into labor if your body and your baby aren't ready. You can try every trick in the book, but if your body isn't ready to go into labor, you will only end up tired, crampy, and frustrated.”
Amir Nasseri, an OB-GYN at Her Choice Women’s Clinic says, “As of now, it is recommended that any labor induction be only performed under controlled, direct medical supervision in a hospital setting for the health and safety of both the mother and the fetus.”
Abdur-Rahman says, “Some patients, however, will take matters into their own hands and try to stimulate labor naturally, but there are risks when doing this.” So take a look at this list before deciding to try to induce labor on your own naturally at home. As always, talk to your healthcare provider before trying anything at home and discuss your situation and pregnancy with them, because every pregnancy and pregnant body is different.