Labour inducing exercises



Walking is the most natural form of exercise. A brisk walk can be just the trigger required to induce labour. Walking causes some pressure on the cervix, which can help place the baby in a better position, thus speeding up the process.

Walking should be done at a comfortable pace. This doesn’t necessarily mean powering your way through an outside trail or even hopping on a treadmill. Just walking through the house or checking the mailbox can also be beneficial.

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Climbing stairs

Being physically active will stimulate certain physiological responses, which may stimulate contractions. The body’s position while climbing stairs helps open the pelvis for delivery.

When climbing stairs, each small bump could place pressure on the cervix, which can help place the baby in the correct position for inducing delivery. It is important not overstrain yourself. Make sure to use handrails where necessary, as you do not want to fall or slip going down the stairs.

Working with a pilates ball

A birthing ball can be a huge asset in trying to induce labour. Doing vigorous circles while sitting on the ball can help get the baby into a better position.

Circles done on the ball, smoothly but actively, to the beat of some music can help bring the head of the baby onto the cervix and bring about contractions. Light bouncing movements on the ball are also helpful.

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It is important to visit a biokineticist or qualified prenatal exercise specialist who can assist you in the correct technique involved with such movements.


Gentle squats have been known to help induce labour. The up and down movement helps get the baby into a better position and helps to stimulate dilation. It is important to make sure that the squats are not too deep, as to not cause injury.


Certain trigger points on the body can be massaged to help induce labour. It is essential to have a correctly qualified therapist do the massage. It is also not recommended to have the massage done prematurely, so as to not stimulate a preterm delivery.

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