When you consider your options for jump-starting labor, many of the tried-and-true methods involve a lot of movement. You may be advised to take a long walk around your neighborhood, or even climb up and down stairs until you feel contractions. But for many women, the idea of any unnecessary movement this late in the game is excruciating. Fortunately, you can learn how to speed up labor without walking, because you might not be in the mood to lace up your sneakers right now. It's understandable.
These tips range from acupuncture to bubble baths. Some of the tips are backed by scientific studies, whereas others are from the collected wisdom of midwives and other pregnancy professionals. You probably won't have to try them all — unless your pregnancy is really trying to last forever — but at least a few of them should appeal to your taste. Whether you decide to go for a long ride or chow down on stuffed jalapeño peppers, these tips can help you take your mind off of things for a moment or two as you mentally and physically prepare for the task ahead. And one day, you'll have a great story to tell your kids about the time you tried acupuncture to speed up their arrival.