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I also recommend that you do not try any of these methods unless you have spoken to a practitioner or a trained professional. This article has been written to indicate to you what people may have tried to induce their labour.

There are many tales that I’m sure you may have heard from your mothers or from friends that may have tried particular methods to inducing labour.

The obvious one is to have sex to help soften the cervix and allow the plug to release to induce labour, however there are cautions to this, avoid intercourse if your water has broken or if there is bleeding… Having sex well into the pregnancy has to be gentle and in a manner that you are comfortable with. If you are pregnant and opt for this suggestion, then the best position is for the women to be on top, this also assists gravity as most of the time the baby’s head will be facing down into the cervix.

Red raspberry leaf tea drinking copious amounts of red raspberry leaf tea — more than four 250 ml cups a day — when you are close to your due date is said to trigger contractions.

Acupressure is a form of touch therapy used in Chinese medicine. The therapist targets specific pressure points on the mother’s body, causing the baby to descend, pressing onto the cervix, thereby ripening and dilating it and initiating contractions. Some acupressure techniques are designed to directly stimulate contractions.

Acupressure also promotes relaxation and relieves tension during labour.

Eating pineapple contains and enzyme called bromelain, it is thought to soften the connective tissue of the cervix and bring on labour.

Homeopathic remedies such as pulsatilla are often used to stimulate labour. Speaking to a qualified homeopath may be a step in the right direction.

Relaxation techniques are as important for the expectant mother, such as taking a nice warm bath, breathing steadily, gently rubbing your tummy clockwise while your breathing.