What is the difference between being postdate and being overdue?
Pregnancies wherein babies don't arrive until at least 2 weeks past their due date, are described as postdate. Overdue pregnancy is one where baby arrives a little after its due date.
Can sex help me to induce labour naturally once I'm past my due date?
Mostly, yes. Semen has hormone prostaglandin that is also present at the start of the labour. After sex, don't get up immediately and alleviate your hips with the help of pillows so that the semen stays for some time on the cervix. This can induce labour pains.
Can nipple stimulation help in inducing natural labour pain once I'm past my due date?
Many women suggest that this works simply because this action releases the hormone oxytocin which helps in inducing contractions. Massage your nipples by rolling them in between your thumb and forefingers for 15 minutes. Do this at regular 2-3 hour intervals.
Is acupuncture helpful in inducing labour pain as I am past my due date?
Some say so. You can find an acupressure specialist for this. Massaging some points in the body, specifically shoulders, hands, lower legs and ankles, can lead to dilating the cervix.