Tips for getting labor started when your due date has passed

OBGYN Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, MD, shares advice for pregnant women on a number of ways that can help you to induce labor when you are passed your due date
Tips For Getting Labor Started When Your Due Date Has Passed
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Tips for getting labor started when your due date has passed

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Your due date has passed. Your getting anxious. What can you do? First of all, relax because, especially first time moms, are statistically likely to go into labor following their due date. There are lots of things you can do. I have heard some crazy ones, like, walking on a curb, with one foot on the curb. It seems very dangerous to me, so I'm not advocating that one. Sex; there are prostoglandins in the sperm that can help soften the cervix. Acupuncture can help for some people. There are massage techniques and chiropractic techniques. Some of things may just be relaxing you and allowing you to go into the experience. There's nothing that's really tried or true. Don't lose hope. You are going to have that baby. Only a seriously late woman who is passed her due date, would prefer to have a baby than continue to be pregnant. That's when you know someone is ready to have their baby.

OBGYN Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, MD, shares advice for pregnant women on a number of ways that can help you to induce labor when you are passed your due date

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Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz completed her undergraduate education at Wesleyan University and post-baccalaureate pre-medical studies at Mills College. She earned her medical degree in 1996 from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has been in private practice of obstetrics and gynecology in Los Angeles, CA since 2000. After many years of a personal yoga and meditation practice, she completed her Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist degree at California College of Ayurveda in 2010 and was board certified in Integrative and Holistic medicine in 2008.

Suzanne is involved in women’s empowerment and public education, and appears frequently as an expert in women’s and integrative health on TV, online and in print. She is co-founder of Cedars Sinai Medical Center's Green Committee and is deeply committed to the promotion of healing that involves individuals, families, communities and the planet.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children in a "green" renovated home with a sustainable native plants garden and organic “urban mini-farm”.

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