Pregnancy Myth Busted: Walking To Start Labor

Pregnant women for decades have been told that one of the best ways to start labor is walking, but that may not true.

There are a ton of things that women may try when it comes to jumpstarting labor including eating spicy foods, using castor oil, and even trying acupuncture. Walking is another trick that women have been told will help get the labor process moving right along. Belly Belly recently decided to put the walking myth to the test to find out if it does help or not.

Before we begin, let's be clear there is nothing out there (aside from perhaps medications used by doctors) that will magically start labor. The baby will come when he or she is darn good and ready. But, that does not mean that these pregnancy myths are all completely busted.


Medically, the body is preparing for labor weeks before any signs are shown. It is all part of the process, as is the baby preparing to arrive. There is little medical evidence suggesting walking a lot will bring on labor. However, there are some benefits to walking as a pregnant woman is gearing up to have a child.

Walking will really only help with labor if one is on the cusp of it or are in the early stages and not aware that they are in labor. It is believed that walking does help get the baby in the position for birth, head down. If an expectant mom is already experiencing contractions, walking will help them become stronger and more regular. Even if walking does not physically help start labor, it can make a mom-to-be feel more comfortable and relaxed.

Despite little medical explanations, many women swear that walking helped start their labor. If you are a believer, there are some tips to help you achieve your goal. First, consult a doctor before trying anything that could impact your pregnancy, labor, or delivery. Also make sure that you are wearing comfortable clothes and shoes, no slippery sneakers. Take it slow and do not go a vast distance. This walk is not a race! If possible, walk with a partner just in case something happens while you are on your journey.

There may not be hard facts supporting walking starting labor, but sometimes all a woman has to do is believe it for it to be true. It is more about creating some piece of mind, and there is nothing wrong with trying any helpful tips and tricks (as long as you have been cleared by a doctor), especially at the end of your pregnancy.


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