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Sex and pregnancy

Sex (if your water hasn't broken) and nipple rolling/massage are two great and natural ways to help get -- or keep -- labor moving. Prostaglandins in semen can help ripen the cervix, and nipple stimulation releases oxytocin, the hormone responsible for uterine contractions. Have fun!


Entertainment Weekly reported that after Montel Williams' wife, Grace, delivered their second child, a spokeswoman said Williams was so overjoyed, he "rented a suite at the Waldorf-Astoria (for his wife) and filled it with eight dozen bouquets of red and white roses, and got her a manicure, pedicure, and facial. To top it off, he flew in her favorite masseuse from Las Vegas."

Food to start labor?

For more than twenty years, women have gone to Scalini's Italian restaurant in Cobb County, Georgia, with one thing on their minds: To go into labor. They always order the Eggplant Parmesan, which, so far, has helped encourage more than 300 babies to come into the world within 48 hours of their mom eating the meal. The restaurant promises results within two days. If you haven't had your baby by then, expectant moms get a gift certificate for another try. Click here to check out the recipes!

No guarantees

Remember -- it's also important to be aware of one more thing: A due date is an estimate only, as every baby -- just like every human -- is different. (Think of it this way: Did you have a growth spurt or start your period at exactly the same time your friends did?) In reality, only about five percent of babies are born on what is technically considered their due date. Most babies are born anywhere between two weeks before and two weeks after that date -- and they're all term, healthy and perfect in the way nature intended. Click here for more on LMP, due dates and age since conception!

From Minsun's Week 40 pregnancy diary:

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"I've tried everything -- well not quite everything -- but anything within reason to evict this little squatter inside me, and nothing has worked. As I write this, it's Sunday night, April 22 and I've got a date with destiny -- an impending induction scheduled Monday night. If all goes as planned, sometime Tuesday morning, the baby should reluctantly make his appearance. I had a routine non-stress test on Saturday that revealed the baby was doing great with plenty of amniotic fluid to splash around in. Since my baby is such a spaz, a test that could take up to an hour was over in a matter of minutes. I was dilated to 2 cm, which was a reassuring improvement from absolutely zero cm at my previous appointment just three days prior. The only problem is that the baby is big. He's already 8.5 lbs and getting bigger by the day. Since I'm almost a week overdue, the doctor suggested an induction. I really wanted to avoid an induction, but I want to avoid a C-section even more. As I sat in the doctor's office, I imagined attempting to push out an enormous... freak-baby through my non-birthing hips and the carnage that would ensue. I decided to go with the lesser of two evils and agreed to the induction."

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