Sex, Sweep or Pineapple?

ways to induce labour

Methods suggested by the midwife for “getting things started” and gently inducing my labour: sex, a sweep, fresh pineapple. Also light bouncing – a mini trampoline was suggested – and walking sideways up the stairs. All said with a slightly tongue-in-cheek expression, because obviously baby comes when baby’s ready and the midwife may as well suggest them as not. We had a few giggles at any rate! A trampoline? It’d kill me off!

I wasn’t even bothered about moving things along until my self-imposed work ban (obviously temporarily lifted so that I can write numerous blog posts and make videos, etc) which has left me more bored than I can even describe. It would be different if I could be on a beach in Greece, it’s the waiting and the uncertainty. I feel as though I’ve woken up far too early to go to the airport but there’s no point in going back to sleep – rather than sit and calmly read and pass the time, I’d like to just get to the airport. And onto an earlier flight, if at all possible. (“You have seats on the 07.20? You do? At no extra charge? I’ll take them!)

I know that this is a total turnaround to my Why the Sudden Rushpost, but I think that the whole process of writing that and getting all excited has made me impatient! Especially one lovely reader’s comment comparing the excitement of birth to being a young child on Christmas Eve. That has been the singular most excitement-inducing thought so far! And everything is all ready and set out, little vests and sleepsuits and hats and things called scratch mittens (we have no idea which of these things to use and in which order – hopefully parenting will be mostly common sense, ha!) and the crib has its little sheets tucked in and the room thermometer is on the shelf. (On room thermometers and my already obsessive checking of: how the hell do you keep a room between 16-19C in the summer? Surely that’s impossible? At the moment all windows are open and it still says 23C. Am I going to have to stand over the baby and waft it with palm fronds? Do I employ the services of a floor fan? Answers on a postcard please.)

Also, I realised that we have to move house again, to another holiday let, next FRIDAY! I thought we had weeks to go, but it seems they have been flying by whilst we’ve been sat here waiting for baby. And I know I shouldn’t try and make the birth fit my schedule, but things are going to be very awkward if I go into labour the day before we move.

Anyway: sex, sweep or pineapple.

Sex. Let’s look at the sex thing in more detail, because I can tell you this for free: sex when you are forty weeks pregnant is no laughing matter. Or rather it is a laughing matter, because it should be accompanied by some kind of Laurel & Hardy soundtrack. And yes, there are many suggestions in my various pregnancy books for “comfortable” positions, but they must surely mean this in the very loosest of terms. Sex is suggested as a natural way to start things off because semen contains prostaglandin, the same hormone that is used in a synthetic form in the gels that they apply to the cervix in a proper induction to help soften and ripen (ugh) it. Also, apparently orgasm can “start things off” as well as nipple stimulation. People seem to be obsessed with nipple stimulation! Which would surely be the easiest one to do, but – this is terrible – I simply can’t be arsed. I have absolutely no desire to do anything remotely sexy with my body. I want to eat Cornettos and hotdogs (tonight’s treat) but I don’t want to shimmy about tweaking this and that and contorting myself into various flesh-squishing positions. There doesn’t seem to be much hard evidence around concerning sex and bringing on labour, so please do share any success stories!

Sweep. I caved in and had the sweep this morning. Partly because I had just realised that I needed to move house in seven days’ time, and also partly because my Mum told me she’d had about three with each of us and they were no bother at all. (Though the fact she had three each time did make me question the effectiveness!) A sweep, or membrane sweep, for those who don’t know, is where the midwife places a finger inside the cervix and makes a kind of circular movement to try and separate the membranes from the cervix and release the right hormones for starting off labour. I was quite nervous about a sweep and nearly chickened out, but then decided to use it as an opportunity to practise my calm birthing stuff I’d read about. Now I wish I hadn’t worried so much because I didn’t think it was painful at all. It was uncomfortable, certainly, because having a hand up your do-dah is never going to be high up on your desirables list for a Friday morning (or it might be, I’m not one to judge) and the idea that the fingers are going through the cervix just makes me nauseous beyond belief! But I thought that it was fine. It felt weird, but if I had the option of a great whacking metal speculum and scraper (smear test) or blunt fingers on a ripened (ugh) cervix, I would take the sweep any day. (Obviously a smear has a different life-saving purpose and is totally necessary, so I’m being theoretical here, but you know what I mean.) Anyway, if you’ve got one scheduled in or something, it’s a few seconds of weird pressure. Interesting and gross fact for you: that mucus plug I’ve been waiting for? No sign of it! It had obviously departed already. I was quite disappointed.

Pineapple. Useless. I’ve eaten about nine thousand of them now and have no skin left along my entire digestive tract, and I have ulcers on my tongue and severe acid indigestion. But no imminent labour.

Summary? I shall keep you updated! There seems to be the most information available about a sweep, but I suppose that’s because it’s a method used by a midwife and so slightly more controlled than methods you might just do willy-nilly at home. And I’m guessing they record the sweep and then your labour is recorded, so maybe someone somewhere is correlating the information and will come up with some stats.

*UPDATE: Ooh, just found this, though by no means official government stats or anything, they make for an interesting read if you’re considering a sweep:

 *PS: I borrowed the pineapple picture from Tesco here, but considering I’ve spent about eight million pounds on them I’m hoping they won’t mind. Do buy your pineapples from Tesco, they are very juicy and ripe, etc etc..

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  1. Lauren
    June 12, 2015 / 7:35 pm

    I….ahem….did the first method as, like you, I was SO bored of waiting. 24 hours my little bundle of joy was here. Worth a try !

  2. Aisling Power
    June 12, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    I thought “a sweep” meant sweeping the floor… Oh dear! Hahaha! Cannot wait to see bubs, hope they come soon for you, I would have no patience either! X

    • MsDinoGal
      June 13, 2015 / 12:43 am

      Me too! Obviously I didn’t try one when I was due.

    • June 15, 2015 / 8:53 am

      I definitely thought the same thing, hahaha. Glad to know I’m not the only one!

      • Mare
        June 22, 2015 / 4:11 pm

        Ohhh myyy gosh ladies I am a trauma nurse in the U.S. And I didn’t know what it was! Maybe we use a different term here because I knew of the procedure but not in depth as I have always worked in trauma/emergency settings…but oh wow i was embarrassed to say anything hahahahahaa!!! Nice to learn new things…oh and PS I can pride myself in not being nauseated or grossed out by medical things however I cringe at the word “ripe” in terms of a body part of any kind!!! Ughhhhhhg!

  3. June 12, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    Ha! Funnily enough we bought a pineapple from Tesco yesterday and you’re right they are very juicy!! Not that I’m pregnant or try to bring on labour myself!

    Best of luck with everything Ruth – I’ve had friends in the same position as you and I don’t think any of the above worked very well for them either! I’m sure the baby will come out when he or she is good and ready… xxx

  4. Rowena
    June 12, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    Oh im so exited for you! My boy was born 15 months ago but your comments and feelings are bringing it all back. I too was very chilled about when baby arrived but was determined (terrified) not to be induced at 14 days so had 2 sweeps and started labour at 11 days overdue and born 12 over, phew. We had a wonderful home birth as planned and I’d do it again tomorrow (hopefully we will one day, we’d like another). I ended up turning off my phone as people’s well meaning messages were getting to me. Also on the old nipple tweaking…It does work wonders! When my contractions faltered or seemed to be disappearing a good tweak got them going again with gusto, you don’t care as much when things have started but dragging! I hope your wait is relaxing, it is so worth it, life is about to become awesome! XXx

  5. June 12, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    You didn’t miss much missing the plug leaving…it is kind of icky. Plus it gets you falsely excited and thinking things are really beginning to move towards labour. Mine always left the premises around two weeks before delivery. So sorry to read you have to move again so soon…not fun!

    Have you googled salad recipes? When I was waiting for my daughter (27 years ago!) there was a restaurant in LA which sold a salad that pregnant women swore by for inducing labour. Back then they kept their ingredients secret but surely by now someone has cracked the code!

    As always, continued best wishes!

  6. nauks
    June 12, 2015 / 8:18 pm

    Hey Ruth,
    in Germany and Switzerland we get suggested drinking tea with ginger, cinnamon and clove (ugh!) and also having a warm bath. Maybe you wanna give it a shot.
    (pardon my english in case of any grammar mistakes :-))
    Good night from Zurich,

  7. Kierryn Harris
    June 12, 2015 / 8:18 pm

    I have heard and have friends who attest that sex does work. All I know is I have never felt less like having sex in my life than when I was that hugely pregnant. Walking is supposed to be be quite good for bringing on labour and my mother in law swore by drinking castor oil (the thought is so disgusting I couldn’t bring myself to do it!)

  8. Eleanor
    June 12, 2015 / 8:22 pm

    I laughed out loud with this one Ruth! How refreshing it is to read a humorous take on pregnancy – I certainly hope I share your healthy attitude when my time comes. Wishing you all the best for when baby arrives!

  9. Themolep
    June 12, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    Oh Mama-ATM! I have absolutely zero interest in babies but your post has just made me laugh out loud in the BA lounge waiting for my flight. Lots of looks were garnered. . If the waiting game goes on a bit longer, can I suggest you use the time to write a witty, sarcastic novel? I’d definitely buy it! xx ps

    • Sara
      June 16, 2015 / 3:17 pm

      I’d definitely buy a book by Ruth! I love her wit and sense of humour:-)
      Best wishes on a safe delivery of the little one, Ruth

  10. Laura
    June 12, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    Sweep and sex here!

    Our son was due on a Monday. I had my first sweep the following Friday ( 4 days overdue) I bounced and bounced on my birthing ball all weekend and nothing!

    Sunday night I thought sod it! Let’s just bloody have Sex! ( ever the romantic) anyway. My waters broke the following morning at 6am and he was born at 7pm.
    I swear it was the sex. I had no tightening. No signs on the Sunday or through the night that I was going to go into labour. Not until my waters broke.

  11. Georgie
    June 12, 2015 / 8:51 pm

    Tried the first one – laughed all the way through didn’t do again, second one is interesting with my first child found it really painful with second child not so much … Go figure! Although sweeps didn’t work for me they are a good indicator of whether you are good to go how far along when the midwife does her bishops score for you. So if nothing else I found yen reassuring x

  12. Magda
    June 12, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    Don’t worry about room temperature so much. When time comes just don’t cover baby with very warm blanket, just something light and don’t put on to many layers of clothes. You can easily check if it’s too hot for baby – touch the back part of the baby’s neck – if it’s really hot and kind of sweaty it’s too hot, so you’ll need to take away blanket or replace it with cotton baby clothe or put on less layers of clothes. If it’s nicely warm it’s fine. Although for the first 2 weeks baby cannot keep its warmth in normal way so baby needs more clothes. But anyway, no matter the time and weather, you should check baby’s neck to be sure if it’s not too cold/hot. Checking hands doesn’t work, because baby can have kind of cold hands and still it’s warm enough 😉
    And some babies like when the room temperature  is 20, some if it’s 17. My son liked the best 20-21 (by liked I mean he was not too cold/warm with one or two layers of light cotton clothes and a blanket). And once again, don’t worry you will know for sure if your baby is in the comfortable surroundings 😉

    All the best!

  13. Clare
    June 12, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    Oh bless you Ruth! I remember going for my sweep at 40+5! Had a lovely midwife who afterwards called my husband into the room and said “Right, what I’d like you two to do is go home, get into bed and have a nice bit of sex to help get this baby moving”. I was ENORMOUS. My bump was like a whopper hopper! And we looked at each other with DREAD and an element of HOW??!! We were silent on the drive back home before my dearest piped up “I’ll do it if you want me to”. i remember saying something like “don’t put yourself out!” and we had a good laugh about it! Thankfully, I went into labour that evening, no Laurel and Hardy required! We still laugh about it now! All the very best to you. Sounds like you are close if your plug has gone. Good luck lovely lady xx

  14. Agnes
    June 12, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    Try sex. Even if you can’t be arsed. It did work for us and I was surprised I actually enjoyed it although it was the last thing on my mind. And it makes for a good story 😉

  15. Michelle
    June 12, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    My grandma insisted that eggplant parmigiana brought on labor, and my new-agey sister-in-law recommended that I should meditate and “talk” to my baby and tell them that it was time to be born. She said babies wait for permission to be born, and I needed to consciously grant the permission. (See my previous comment from last week, where I admitted that I told most of my family and friends a fake due date. Helpful tips like this are why.)

  16. Faceache
    June 12, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    Enormous luck and best wishes for the birth Ruth, don’t stress about the room temperature too much, someone reminded me that babies live in all climates, and that made me relax a bit about that.
    Once you have that baby, YOU are the expert on your little one, and you will know exactly what they need.

  17. Debs
    June 12, 2015 / 10:27 pm

    I have been following your blog since you announcement with great interest as I have been 2 weeks behind you. I’m now sat here reading your 40 week update whilst holding my 5 day old baby boy 🙂 I feel like I’ve done the journey with you! All the best of luck & enjoy this precious time together – thanks for making me laugh along the way, all totally worth it in the end! X

  18. Amelia
    June 12, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    Ruth, all of your posts are quite hilarious! I recommend spicy food, a friend of mind had spicy chicken wings and out popped her baby in a matter of three hours! Walking also seems to help. All the best to you and your family, hope your son/daughter makes an appearance soon. I know we’re all just as anxious.

  19. Leigh
    June 12, 2015 / 10:47 pm

    The triumvirate of hot loving, hot curry and a hot bath are supposed to get labour going – maybe try the last 2?

  20. Isabella
    June 12, 2015 / 10:59 pm

    funny someone mentioned a salad, I made jamie oliver noodles with chilli in them from his ministry of food book and when I stood up after eating the meal my waters gushed out! I was 3 days over. Maybe twas the chilli. Also, done the deed the night before I think that really does work actually. Oh another thing I heard drive over speed bumps in your car!! Best of luck

  21. June 12, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    Is Curry something that is meant to bring labour on too? Maybe that’s just something my curry loving friends have made up. I hope you’re not waiting for (the plane) too much longer. All the best.

    Katie x

  22. Fatima
    June 12, 2015 / 11:12 pm

    Try a really hot spicy curry! I keep hearing that works to get baby moving (or something moving in your neathier regions). I’m due at the end of August all this time I’ve been thinking about baby coming early didnt even factor that baby could be delaying his debut. Whatever happens I wish you all the best. Please continue with the uphill blog love it.

  23. June 13, 2015 / 12:37 am

    Thank you so much for the sweep feedback! I was quite scared of them till now. Quite a relief to hear. The excitement must be hard to contain, especially since you don’t even know the gender! (I could never do that… That would be too much) I really hope things get going for you, now that you are ready. Pilates ball bouncing or yoga stretches of some kind apparently help… Good luck! Lots of labour thoughts going your way xx

  24. June 13, 2015 / 12:47 am

    Another thing…. Do not try any old wives tale tricks. They may not be safe .

  25. MsDinoGal
    June 13, 2015 / 12:54 am

    I remember trying to have sex even at 30-odd weeks and realizing that it just wasn’t happening. Plus my husband just couldn’t get over the idea that his son was like RIGHT THERE.

    I went into labor at 40W4D and I don’t think anything _caused_ it other than having an adorable 9 pounder trying to force his way out. Seriously though, she’ll (she maybe?) be here before you know it. It just no use saying that to a woman anxious to get a move on. Ha ha! Good luck. It’s doubtful we’ll get another post before you’re a mom; so in the meantime, many congratulations!

    Oh, and about a week or two postpartum, when your nipples are raw and you’re ready to give up, send Mr RMR to the Rx to get you a nipple shield. It saved breastfeeding for us. I used it for about 3 weeks while I healed and now at nearly 6 months old, my son nurses like a champ. I think most women experience that pain and give up. I believe you just have to make it over that first high hurdle. Best wishes!

  26. Laura
    June 13, 2015 / 1:45 am

    lol funny post! We tried sex a few times, I was not in the mood to put it mildly, but I was desperate! I was carrying a 10 lb baby and I felt like a bowling ball was about to plop out, but to no avail. So I tried walking. This was June in Texas, it was 105 degrees out. We went to the park and I couldn’t even go halfway across the soccer field without collapsing! It was miserable! Then we found out I had to have a c-section so out he came, not without some major fear about the c-section on my part (I had a panic attack during it!). The doctor said, “thats one BIG baby!”. So in summary, the sex and the walking didn’t work at all, apart from make me freaking miserable!

  27. Katja
    June 13, 2015 / 2:06 am

    dear Ruth, I had my son 4 years ago and reading your post brings back the memories! I wish you all the best and I am sending good energy your way. I think giving birth is like running a marathon. You signed up for it without knowing what it is like, it is physically challenging and exhausting but also exhilarating. It is the first big adventure you are getting into with your baby! Much love!

  28. Siobhan
    June 13, 2015 / 5:26 am

    Infant socks work great as scratch mittens (much better than actual scratch mittens).
    Very happy for you! My son will be 1 in a week. Time flies!

  29. Vicky
    June 13, 2015 / 6:58 am

    I’ve loved reading this blog Ruth (33 weeks myself) and thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I can’t wait to see you with your beautiful baby! Take care and I hope the muggy weather isn’t bothering you too much. xx

  30. Alison
    June 13, 2015 / 7:22 am

    Hi Ruth
    My labour started when I was watching Sister Act, how about trying that! When I had my babies it was Raspberry Leaf tea and a good curry – not sure about those either. Do you feel up for a gentle longish walk, that might help. I was obsessed with doing everything the baby books said and doing it right – I wish I’d relaxed more, so don’t worry too much about things like temperature, am sure you’ll both be wonderful parents. Is Dexter behaving differently? He looks very caring towards you, as though he understands something is about to happen (not sure how I can interpret that from a few photos though!). All the very best xxxx

  31. Ella
    June 13, 2015 / 7:35 am

    Hi Ruth! I don’t know if this particularly got the labour going or not, but my boy came 8 days early after a pedicure. Some people think there are reflexology points on your feet that can get things going! Anyway, I thought I’d share – it’s a good excuse for a pedicure! Also, I had just started drinking raspberry leaf tea too, so that could have nudged things along too? Also, thought I’d share my best tip for labour – buy a huge choc bar, and you can nibble on little squares as you are in labour, and gives you enough energy to get through, with feeling like you want to vom!
    Good luck – and I love both your blogs – thank you! Ella x

  32. Kate
    June 13, 2015 / 7:57 am

    Hi Ruth – I have three children and was overdue every time – 11, 7 and 5 days respectively. I had planned a birth at a birth centre with my first and was terrified of going into hospital to be induced. I also tried pineapple, curry, sex, long walks, raspberry leaf tea, a sweep. Drew the line at castor oil. On day 10, a Friday, my midwife said we’d probably have to go for a quick scan at the hospital on Monday just to check everything was OK. She said the hosp would probably put me under pressure to be induced, but we’d play it by ear. She also mentioned acupuncture, and knew a fellow midwife who did it on women past their due dates. Anyway – I had it later that afternoon thinking that at least I’d know I’d thrown everything at the problem (except castor oil!). I swear that the minute she left, I knew something had changed. By 7pm that night I was in early labour and my baby arrived at 7.30 on the Saturday morning! I used the same method with number 3 for different reasons – my waters had started to go and you are advised to deliver within 48 hours of that to avoid infection. There was no sign of labour after 24 hours, so I got the acupuncturist in again. Hey presto – labour kicked off in the early hours of the next day and baby was here by lunchtime. Maybe worth a try especially with your moving house deadline…?

    You sound so chilled, so ready, and I hope that you have an uncomplicated, lovely birth. If things don’t go to plan, it doesn’t matter. The experience will never leave you. Good luck!

  33. Dana
    June 13, 2015 / 8:40 am

    I was approx one week over 40 when my physician scheduled going to hospital for stimulation. On the previous evening I met with my dear childhood friend and we laughed our heads off – I literally kneeled on the floor as I couldn’t sit normally. My huge belly together with my baby was shaking terribly from the laughter. That night my baby was born. My second child was born also some ten days over 40 weeks and the stimulus came from driving a very badly constructed road with many bumps and trembles… So a good shake seems to help things start for me and my children…
    Concerning sex thing – I noticed that it really did some kind of stimulation and last four weeks before birth I got those preliminary womb muscle tonizations (I don’t really know how to describe them properly) which appeared soon after sex and at first made me wonder if I had gone into delivery already. It is meant as some kind of preparatory muscle work like warming up before the main event.

  34. Lulu Bodrum
    June 13, 2015 / 8:52 am

    Hi Ruth,
    I am so excited for you, can’t wait to see your bundle of joy!! Don’t worry about the room temperature, both my babies were brought up in Bodrum Turkey which has temperatures of 40 degrees plus, not everyone had aircon back then, and in those temps a room fan is like a hairdryer 🙂

    Good luck, you will be fine, I can honestly say I enjoyed my second birth and the reward at the end is soooooo worth the pain of labour xxx

  35. Katy
    June 13, 2015 / 9:03 am

    Ha – I’m finding this all very amusing as I’m in exactly the same position as you. 41+1 today. I’m in no real rush but its the waiting and not knowing that is killing me..and one by one the ladies in my NCT class are having their babies (early!)
    Had one sweep and agree with you – not a big deal or painful. But it also hasn’t worked! I’ve been on mammoth walks every day, and gearing myself up to ‘do the deed’ when I’d also far rather be eating ice-cream frankly!! Tried reflexology yesterday and tons of Braxton Hicks all night and this morning which may be a good sign? Incidentally the reflexology was far more uncomfortable than the sweep!! Good luck! 🙂 x

  36. Faithless Babii
    June 13, 2015 / 9:11 am

    “wafting the baby with palm fronds” pricelsss ! You always make me smile, good luck – cant wait to see the Bubba !

  37. Nicola
    June 13, 2015 / 9:12 am

    Ruth you do make me laugh 🙂 you didn’t miss much on the plug front it’s like a big bogey with a streak of blood in – lovely! Trampoline might be too energetic maybe a good bounce on a yoga/birthing ball instead? I found it relaxing as well so win win if it does help! (Great for when you get into labour too I might add!)
    Hopefully you won’t be waiting too long now but I assure you it will kick off when you least expect it! Enjoy your hotdogs!! Now I want hotdogs…

  38. Ayla
    June 13, 2015 / 10:49 am

    Hi Ruth. I know it’s not related to this post but I just watched your video about things you bought for the baby, and I wanted to recommend you to check this thing. It’s a bath tool; I bought it for my new baby, and it’s brilliant. Makes the bath time piece of cake and its perfect for you since you need a portable one.
    And for sling, I know you already bought three.. but this one was great for me (and for the baby..)
    Best wishes

  39. Pen
    June 13, 2015 / 10:57 am

    A small enema got my third (ten day “overdue” labour) gently started! Not sure if they do these anymore but nice to be cleaned out before labour gets going! Sorry if too much info…. Very best of luck anyway… The most exciting time of our lives is about to commence!

  40. Pen
    June 13, 2015 / 11:15 am

    That was meant to say “your lives” obviously…x

  41. Abigail
    June 13, 2015 / 11:22 am

    Sex and a curry?? Definitely try the first method, make the most of it, I’m sure Mr AMR won’t mind at all! Eeek, so excited for you and Mr AMR, it’s going to be very soon now, I can feel it….I think you are almost there! xoxo

  42. Lynne
    June 13, 2015 / 11:22 am

    Hi Ruth, I found a hot curry worked wonders for me three times! The thought is it stimulates the colon which is being pressed against the womb and so stimulates the womb! Too much information?! Baby will come when it’s good and ready, my boy was on time, both girls were two weeks late, good luck and enjoy!! xxx

  43. Hilary
    June 13, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    If it makes you feel any better, I was born in sweltering tropical heat somewhere between 32-34C and even there people are concerned with making sure baby stays warm! I’m not sure my grandmother’s even experienced 16C, she would laugh your pregnancy book down! 23C is air-conditioning, wrap-the-baby-in tons-of-layers-like-a-fajita sort of temperatures where I come from, and we all survived, so I’m sure Baby AMR will be fine!! All the best with labour!!!! xxx

  44. Diana
    June 13, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    CURRY !

    A good spicy curry will do the trick!

    I hope everything goes well Ruth . Cant wait to see the little one.

  45. Olga
    June 13, 2015 / 4:49 pm

    Hey Ruth!
    I had my daughter 4,5 months ago and she was born 12 days after the calculated planned delivery date. Just like you I was so impatient and my doctor suggested to get induced if I go another two days. The sex thing didn’t work for me no! My poor husband I made him “try” every night since my due date:))) I wasn’t very keen on doing anything sexy 41weeks pregnant either, but did it anyway since I couldn’t wait to meet the baby and didn’t want to get induced and risk more painful labor after induction.

  46. Jo.C.
    June 13, 2015 / 5:10 pm

    With both of mine I tried everything possible – sex, curry, jumping on a trampoline (which ended up with soggy knickers – nice!), walking, raspberry leaf tea, pineapples, lunges (yes lunges), but they did not want to come out. At the end of the day the wee one will make it’s appearance in his or her own time, and if you do need a ‘little push’ to bring on labour, just chill and take it in your stride. Not long now xx

  47. Kornelia
    June 13, 2015 / 5:18 pm

    Hey Ruth,good luck with the delivery.Our midwife in Poland suggest to drink tea from cherry leaves and get some oeothera oil(in capsules)2 per 3times a day to soften the cervix. And just to fasten the and….shopping:):)
    P.S. I am 31 week now so will be in the same stage soon:)

  48. Julia
    June 13, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    One week past my due date I tried bouncing on a birthing/fitness ball, had sex, and went for walk. Not sure which of these things worked if any but my water broke that night and my 7 week old baby boy is snoring on my breast as I write this. Giving birth was one of the most amazing experiences. You are going to do great. I am so excited for you.

  49. Amy
    June 13, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    Of the three options posted, thank you for only posting a picture of the pineapple. Candid yet discreet, this is why we love you 🙂
    Also, after reading your post on the “no rush to labor” and specifically the comment on enjoying the last moments of absolute closeness with your child, I just have to say that although I’m not a mom, in my 40 years I’ve learned a bit, and I think your openness, humor, and small moments of grace will serve you well in labor, parenthood, and life in general.
    Warmest wishes in this exciting new phase of the AMR

  50. Sarah Cheon
    June 13, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    I am 8 weeks with my fourth, and my dear friend directed me to this blog several weeks ago. I just love it. Why is there this weird transcendent bond I feel with people who are pregnant when I am? Either way, used the sex method with number 1 (whose 9th birthday is today, incidentally). That was the only pregnancy we used sex to start labor, and I had her about 24 hours after the “activity”. It’s worth a try!
    Enjoy every minute of this, but just know that really wonderful stuff is ahead!

  51. Rebecca
    June 13, 2015 / 11:16 pm

    Ha this one made me laugh! I’m in my thirties with four young children. With my first two I was weeks early and with my last two children I was over 40 weeks. Baby number 3 was scheduled to be induced (which I did not want) and which the doctor said was only a last resort, I had been having lots of ‘false labour’ – contractions starting and then petering out (most annoying because you would get all excited!). In my frustration I drank several cups of Raspberry Leaf tea in a row and that got my labour going that night. With baby number 4, who is now a gorgeous 11 month old, my contractions were mucking around again – midwife (English with an English sense of humour) recommended nipple stimulation – I was having none of that – couldn’t think of anything more annoying – even though she and husband thought it was funny.
    In all my labours my midwife and husband (and anyone else hanging around) all have a great ball – the husband is English too and their sense of humour is insane – very entertaining and distracting if nothing else. Cracking up while not having contractions. Labour can be very amusing ; ) Ha and I had tricky labours too – but amazing all the same. Best advice I got from my midwife “push like you’re doing a poo!”

    Best feeling in the world – having your baby plopped-right word? (those midwifes don’t handle with kid gloves!) on your chest right after birth – bliss! Enjoy!!

  52. June 14, 2015 / 1:07 pm

    Really enjoyed reading this one Ruth. As someone else, assumed the ‘sweep’ meant something else, so made me laugh.
    Hope you and the baby are feeling well. Have a feeling that you maybe are in labor already, so sending positive thoughts.
    If not, I am sure will see something new on instagram or a new blog post.

    Wishing you all the best!

  53. Lucy Honeychurch
    June 14, 2015 / 3:46 pm

    I was told walking did the trick and recall pulling on my gumboots (it sounds so easy), lumbering down our country road and deciding there had to be a better way. Just checking up tonight and wishing you all the very best.

  54. June 14, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    Ah ah ah, I buy everything from Aldi these days. Have been so disappointed by tesco fruits and vegs since I set foot in this country.

  55. Diana
    June 15, 2015 / 12:56 am

    I haven’t had much luck with sweeps but figure it’s always worth a try. I’m 37 weeks and if I make it to 39 they will do a sweep. I tried everything under the sun to start labor with my 1st- including non stop dancing!!! With my 3rd I took primrose oil starting at 36 weeks and ate a lot of pineapple… She came a week early! THIS time, doing everything the same but I have added 3rd trimester tea!!! I think 1st babies are almost always going to take their time since your body hasn’t ever done it before…but your body sort of “remembers” the 2nd, 3rd times :D. Best of luck Ruth <3

  56. Christine
    June 15, 2015 / 5:47 am

    My friend tried sitting on a gym ball and bouncing up and down (less dangerous than the mini trampoline!) which seemed to help, her midwife also recommended bouncing during labour to speed things along.

  57. June 15, 2015 / 8:53 am

    Such a funny post, Ruth! When I read the title, I was definitely scratching my head wondering how the motion of sweeping a floor is supposed to induce labor.

    I always get so excited for your updates but especially now, when Baby AMR could come at any time. I’m glad you’re enjoying these last few days (and it’s very refreshing to hear that perspective, I might add), but I’m so excited for you to experience the next step(s)!

  58. Helen
    June 15, 2015 / 9:47 am

    This past weekend I have tried sex (twice no less), curry, bouncing on my gym ball and a walk. I’m about to embark on another walk (uphill this time) in a bid to get something moving. Beyond some milk period style pains, its induced nada.

    This whole waiting lark is such fun (said with no hint of a smile whatsoever).

  59. June 15, 2015 / 10:50 am

    So i went for the sweep today also. Was not as bad as I thought it would be! Lets hope we both see our babies soon!


  60. Suzanne
    June 15, 2015 / 11:02 am

    I tried everything when I went a week overdue also: sex (ugh), two sweeps (nothing), acupuncture, foot massage, spicy foods, exercise, walking, etc. Nothing. Ended up being induced, but at that point it was almost a relief. Good luck!

  61. Emma
    June 15, 2015 / 11:22 am

    Hi Ruth,

    I am a new reader to your blogs, a friend who reads your other blog put me onto this one (and I have also been rapidly consuming a model recommends, love it!). I am 19 weeks today and have been reading this book – Bumpology (recommended if you still have time!) which looks at scientific research that has actually been undertaken on various pregnancy and early baby myths/’facts’. She covers inducing labour…the two things that did seem to show some evidence of working were eating a hot curry or (as someone else has mentioned) castor oil. The reason these seemed to have an effect was they both apparently seem to get your bowel moving, (which can be a problem for some women in later pregnancy as it is) and this in turn then seems to get other things moving as well! Not sure if I’d want to tempt it but I might change my mind in 22 weeks time!! Sex showed evidence of working in some studies but not others so could be worth a try!

  62. Jennifer
    June 15, 2015 / 5:12 pm

    Oh, Ruth! I was all prepared to tell you how quick (!), how effective (!), how easy the pineapple was for me! Both my boys were around two weeks “late,” My first was due the day we moved to our house (exactly 12 years, yesterday… but…his birthday isn’t until June 28!). We moved the day after my last day of full-time work, I painted, I crouched, I unpacked loads of boxes, etc… nothing. Not until they feel like it, will they make their appearance! My second baby was my pineapple baby. After finally eating just cut, super fresh (not canned or frozen) pineapple… my labor started hours later. I was so hoping this would work for you when I saw the heading of your latest post! It’s different for everyone, no one proven method is ever best! Just chill (as I think you have down), it WILL eventually happen (you WON’T be 11 months pregnant, though you do feel like it’s possible!).

    Don’t fret. I was OLD (which was told to me OFTEN) when I had my first at 36, and SUPER OLD when I had my second (two months shy of 40). We’re all built for this. No matter how much we go through before hand (I so heard you on the test with the dye and the tubes and the… ugh. I had that after several “missteps” as well, and it was one of the most depleting tests I’ve ever had. Probably mentally more than physically. It was painful for me… but the pain was eventually, thankfully, fleeting).

    You will ROCK THIS! As you have rocked this whole 40 weeks. As I’m trying to tell myself with everything… Don’t overthink, just be.


  63. June 15, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    I’m so excited for you! It seems to me that I had a sweep with my first and went into labor that very night. With my second I went into labor laughing really hard at a movie I was watching.

    Well, no matter what, it won’t be long now, right? What a happy time!

  64. Meggie Price
    June 15, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    Have your darling massage the places right above your ankle bone- there is a trigger point there. My chiro did mine and i went into labor that night. Good luck!!! I found your YT recently and really enjoy it. xoxo

  65. Lucy Honeychurch
    June 16, 2015 / 4:11 am

    Still awaiting moderation. This could be a good sign. Shameful amounts of anticipation and excitement going on here. 🙂

  66. Andrea
    June 16, 2015 / 5:49 am

    I agree with Eleanor, you definitely haven’t lost your sense of humour, one of the best blogs entries I have read in a while. Apparently eating spicy foods helps, and I couldn’t agree more about the sex thing, it was sex that gets us into the situation in the first place 🙂 There is a certain herbal tea, it might have been raspberry leaf that I was told not to drink during pregnancy as it can induce labour. All the best Ruth you have the best attitude about this pregnancy and labour, you will make the best Mum.

  67. June 16, 2015 / 9:19 am

    I can honestly say a quick sesh spared on my labour. The second we were done I started getting contractions and a couple of hours later was 2 cm dialated

  68. Carolina
    June 16, 2015 / 10:10 am

    I also tried everything… waiting time is so tedious! The only thing that made me not be obsessed was keeping my mind busy with other things. I watched m-a-n-y chapters of all kind of series the last days. Christmas is coming, I promise, Santa got just a little bit lost on his way 😉 Fingers crossed for you!

  69. Allie
    June 20, 2015 / 10:51 pm

    First option works, and worked with both my pregnancies, it is, as I told my husband, ‘a means to an end’ and you definitely need a good dose of humour! Good Luck, you’re about to embark on the most amazing journey xx

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