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Can Sex Help Start Labor?

Kick-Start Your Labor This Ob-Gyn-Approved Hack

If you're reading this, you've probably already exclaimed this five times today: "I cannot wait to get this baby out of me!" If you're ready to meet your bundle of joy, here's a way to possibly kick-start your labor: SEX. POPSUGAR spoke with Jennifer Wider, MD, a women's health expert and author, who explained that semen is a source of prostaglandins, which can cause uterine contractions. And prostaglandins can also help the cervix to soften and dilate — two other important elements of labor.

"This is why some obstetricians will recommend having unprotected sex to try and trigger labor in a term-pregnant woman who is waiting to go into labor," Dr. Wider said. If you're looking for a natural way to potentially induce labor, grab your partner and give it a go! But get this: having an orgasm could be the key to speeding things along since they create contraction-inducing oxytocin. If your due date is close, there is no harm in getting busy to get the baby out. Don't worry about being uncomfortable — here's your guide to having comfortable and pleasurable sex while pregnant. Now go get busy!

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