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Old Wives Tales That Will Make You Go Into Labor

I asked my friends on my Facebook page about natural ways to go into labor. I am almost 39-weeks pregnant, which means that my baby could come any second now! There were almost 400 comments with many of them suggesting similar things. Now, are these old wives tales? Or are they science? Luck, or coincidence? No matter how you view them, I tried some of them. And guess what? My baby still isn’t here!

I tried #2, #3, #5 and #16! On Saturday, I started off the day with an 11am reflexology appointment. I booked a 30-min session, but after sitting in the chair, I knew I needed to extend it to an hour! I haven’t had my feet rubbed in 9 LONG months and it felt so great. I could have sworn after that appointment I would go into labor. I did not. 

So then that night around 6pm I ordered an eggplant parmesan because many women have told me that that was the trick for starting labor. So I went and got an big eggplant pasta dish. I ate the ENTIRE plate. Once again, I thought I was going to go into labor. I did not. 

To really bring it on home, my husband and I tried the ole wives trick of #3, “…the same way baby Barrett got there.”  I really thought that would work and I would go into labor. I did not.

But will I keep trying? OF COURSE! I don’t want to be medically induced, and I am very curious if any of these will make me go into labor. When it happens, I will make sure to let you know which one “got it done!” Have you tried any of these? Check out the list of Old Wives Tales of Going Into Labor.

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  • 1. Eat Spicy Food

    Chili Pepper

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  • 2. Get a Foot Massage

    Reflexology

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  • 3. Sex

    Sex to Start Labor

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  • 4. Drive Over a Bumpy Road

    Drive down a bumpy road

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  • 5. Eat Eggplant Parm

    Classic Eggplant Parmesan (Baked & Fried Method) - A Simple Palate

    The whole family will love this classic eggplant parmesan! Slices of tender eggplant coated in homemade breadcrumbs, and then layered with melted cheeses & rich marinara! Whether you'd like to bake or fry the eggplant, this recipe has a method for both. Growing up, I adored eggplant parm!

  • 6. Walking

    walking

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  • 7. Fig Squares

    These Homemade Fig Newtons Are The Best Way To Relive Your Childhood

    I'm a big fan of "grandma" cookies like Fig Newtons. There's an undeniable allure to the dark jammy filling surrounded by a soft, seemingly wholesome cake. They deceive me every time by whispering in my ear, "I have fruit, I am nutritious." You don't have to be deceived anymore.

  • 8. Hot Raspberry Leaf Tea

    Organic Peaceful™ Tea

    Your browser does not support the video tag. Your browser does not support the video tag. Truth: it's ok to slow down. OK? Serene and citrusy Organic Peaceful™ Tea is formulated with chamomile and herbs traditionally used to help promote a sense of calm, relieve occasional anxiousness, ease tension and promote sleep.

  • 9. Sit/Bounce on an Exercise Ball

  • 10. Jumping Jacks

    jumping jacks

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  • 11. Clean the House

    cleaning the house

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  • 12. Chinese Food

    chinese food

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  • 13. Ride a Stationary Bike

    Stationary Bike

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  • 14. Cilantro in Your Salad

    Cilantro

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  • 15. Dancing

    Dancing

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  • 16. Acupuncture

    acupuncture

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