Natural methods to kick-start labour

Natural methods to kick-start labour

You have waited 40 weeks eagerly to meet your little bundle of joy. The due date was ….. and gone! Perhaps you are in the early stages of your pregnancy and want to avoid getting induced.

There are natural ways to get things moving. But don't be too confident. These are not guaranteed to work. These are fun to try.

Before you try to induce labor, consult your midwife.

Spicy Foods

This method is not proven to work. However, some mothers swear by it. It is believed that the spice stimulates your stomach and stimulates your uterus. Avoid this one if you have had heartburn or indigestion in your pregnancy.

You could make it a great excuse to order take-out while watching a movie. You could also convince your partner to cook you a nice dinner. A great place to start is chili oil. It is versatile and delicious! Find out more about Chiu Chow Chilli Oil to spice up your evening.

Complementary Therapies

We're talking about massage, reflexology, and acupuncture when we refer to complementary therapies. Study results showed that complementary therapies could reduce the need for caesareans and epidurals. This suggests an increase in natural births. There is no evidence to support any of these methods for inducing labor.

Even if it doesn’t work, it’s a relaxing treat. Relaxation can make Oxytocin production easier. This is a vital hormone for giving birth. Before you decide to try any of these treatments, make sure to talk it over with your midwife. They will be able to help you find the right practitioners and treatments for moms-to-be.

Sex and Nipple Stimulation

Okay, you may not feel like doing anything when it's overdue. Sex can help you feel more awake and alert. The hormone oxytocin, which is responsible for contractions in labor, can be released by sexual activity. When your nipples get stimulated, Oxytocin is also produced.

Although this may seem like too much information, pregnant women who have had sex with men will find that their semen is high in prostaglandins. These are chemicals that are used in hospital inductions to start labor. It could help you get started and soften your cervix. It might be worth trying if you feel up to it!


Pineapple is delicious, whether you are pregnant or not. Did you know that it can help with labour? Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple. Bromelain has been used historically to induce labor. It takes a lot of Bromelain in order to induce delivery. However, even small amounts found in Pineapple may help. It's important to not overdo it. Pineapple can cause laxative effects if taken in excess.

Dates are a great alternative to Pineapple and dried fruit. Oxytocin is stimulated by dates. (Yes. It's Oxytocin, our old friend. It's essential in the birth process, we can only say that!

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Sizing Chart

Since every baby grows at his/her own pace, measure the baby's height for the best fit. It is much more accurate than going off of the baby's age. Call us with any questions and we will be happy to help you determine the best fit for your baby.

Newborn Onesie's

Size Weight Height
Newborn (NB) 5-8 Ibs. / 2.3-3.6 kg 17-21 in. / 43.2-53.3 cm
0-3M 6-12 Ibs. / 3.6-5.4 kg 21-24 in. / 53.3-61 cm
0-6M Up to 16 Ibs. / Up to 7.3 kg 17-21 in. / 43.2-53.3 cm
3-6M 12-16 Ibs. / 5.4-7.3 kg 24-26 in. / 61-66 cm
3-9M 12-20 Ibs. / 5.4-9.1 kg 24-28 in. / 61-71.1 cm
6-9M 16-20 Ibs. / 7.3-9.1 kg 26-28 in. / 66-71.1 cm
12M 20-24 Ibs. / 9.1-10.9 kg 28-30 in. / 71.1-76.2 cm
18M 24-28 Ibs. / 10.9-12.7 kg 30-32 in. / 76.2-81.3 cm
24M / 2T 28-32 Ibs. / 12.7-14.5 kg 32-34 in. / 81.3-86.4 cm
3T 32-35 Ibs. / 14.5-15.9 kg 34-38 in. / 86.4-96.5 cm
4T 35-39 lbs. / 15.9-17.7 kg 38-40 in. / 96.5-101.6 cm
5T 39-43 lbs. / 17.7-19.5 kg 40-44 in. / 101.6-111.8 cm

Cotton Pajamas

Garments are designed to fit snug for child's safety.

Size Weight Height
6M 12-16 Ibs. / 5.4-7.3 kg 24-27 in. / 61-68.6 cm
12M 16-20 Ibs. / 7.3-9.1 kg 27-30 in. / 68.6-76.2 cm
18M 20-24 Ibs. / 9.1-10.9 kg 30-33 in. / 76.2-83.8 cm
24M / 2T 24-28 Ibs. / 10.9-12.7 kg 33-35 in. / 83.8-88.9 cm
3T 28-32 Ibs. / 12.7-14.5 kg 35-39 in. / 88.9-99.1 cm
4T 32-36 Ibs. / 14.5-16.3 kg 39-42 in. / 99.1-106.7 cm
5T 36-42 Ibs. / 16.3-19.1 kg 42-44 in. / 106.7-111.8 cm


New Balance Boys

17-19 inches
39-41 inches
19-20 inches
41-45 inches
20-22 inches
45-46 inches
22-23 inches
47-50 inches
23-24 inches
50-54 inches
24-25 inches
54-58 inches
25-27 inches
58-62 inches
27-28 inches
62-67 inches


New Balance Girls

Size Waist Height
4 17-19 inches 39-41 inches
5 19-20 inches 41-45 inches
6 20-21 inches 45-46 inches
6x 21-22 inches 46-48 inches
7/8 22-23 inches 48-52 inches
10/12 23-25 inches 52-58 inches
14 25-27 inches 58-61 inches
16 27-29 inches 61-63 inches