When you near your due date — or blow past it — there's a good chance that you're more than ready for it all to be over.
Because of this, Pinterest is full of all kinds of tips, tricks, and recipes to help you induce labor. But do they work? And are they safe for you and your baby?
To separate the facts from fiction, BuzzFeed Parents spoke to Certified Nurse Midwife Julie Lamppa about the most popular inducement techniques:
Drinking castor oil
Eating spicy food
Restaurant dishes that claim to induce labor
Red raspberry leaf tea
So what DOES work? In the end, it's all about waiting.
"It's normal to feel impatient toward the end of a pregnancy, but it's a very complex hormonal/chemical reaction that causes women to go into labor, and we need to learn to be patient and allow it to happen," Lamppa says.
"If you're thinking about induction you're at the end of the line — on the twenty-fifth mile of the marathon. You've waited a long time for this baby and waiting another week or so is not the end of the world."