Half of Pregnant Women May Try to Self Induce Labor

More on in the news

From The Message Boards

Due Date Club of February 2018

Tear Jerkers: short films

So, idk, I've been tearing up over nothing recently, and I don't like it so I decided to give myself...

Am I Pregnant

Heartbroken

[COLOR=#2A2A2A [FONT=Helvetica I had a miscarriage on June 30th! I had D ...

Due Date Club of February 2018

Anyone not really feeling pregnant?

I didn't have many symptoms with my first pregnancy either but around now I had super sore boobs but...

Due Date Club of August 2017

Thanking about a water birth...

Only 3 weeks left and just found out (after finally asking lol) that my hospital and midwife offer w...

Am I Pregnant

Intimate day before period

Hi there! So my boyfriend and I had an intimate day July 12 and we did not use protection. (I have c...

By JustMommies staff

According to a new poll conducted by Ohio State University researchers, pregnant women often try natural induction methods to bring on labor without consulting their doctor.

HealthDay News reports that the most common methods women try are walking, sex, eating spicy foods, and nipple stimulation. Women in the poll also reported trying masturbation, acupuncture, laxatives and herbs to induce labor.

Most of the women who attempted self inductions were over 39 weeks pregnant. It was also more common in younger moms and first time moms.

This information is important for midwives and doctors to know about, especially since most of the patients aren’t consulting their healthcare providers before they try these methods.

The study’s lead researcher Jonathan Schaffir said, "Obstetricians and midwives may want to offer some additional reassurance to make patients feel like they don't need to pursue these other techniques.”

Today on JustMommies

Best Bottles for Nursing Babies

If you’re in the market for baby bottles, you have particular needs if you’re a breastfeeding mom. You want to look for a bottle that mimics the motion, flow and feeling of breastfeeding to avoid...

Best Last Names for First Names

Giving a child a family name has long been a popular tradition. Often boys are named after their fathers or girls after a grandmother or aunt. However, new parents create different trends. Many moms...

Gender Identity: Raising a Transgender Youth

Your child is different. Perhaps he wants to don a dress, or you find him in your shoes and sporting your makeup. Or, maybe it’s the opposite. Maybe your daughter hates everything feminine and acts...

When Parents Aren't on the Same Page

Think back to the time before you became a parent: Maybe you talked with your partner about having children. Yet, your “parenting styles” may not have entered the conversation. Some clinical...