Pregnancy takes a long time. A long, long time. And those last few weeks can feel especially long. By then, you’re taking up way more space than you’re used to. Your back, legs, and feet ache. Your belly feels stretched out to the point of capacity. It’s hard to sleep. It’s just not fun. That’s why plenty of mamas-to-be seek out different methods for self-induction. Some folks say a spicy meal will work. Others suggest a spoonful of castor oil. And then of course, there’s sex. But is sex-induced labor legit? Apparently, it worked for one mommy blogger whose detailed the whole thing without holding back.
Sophia Cachia runs the blog The Young Mummy, and she recently wrote about her childbirth experience without holding back. Cachia was already in postdates and going bonkers waiting for her child to finally make their debut when she started looking up induction methods. She was told to bathe in Clary Sage oil “because apparently it relaxes your uterus,” as well as “to eat pineapple and to have a good sex sesh.” She figured why not try all three?
Why Sex-Induced Labor Probably Works
But Cachia is fairly certain that it was the sex that really got things going, though not simply because it was sex. The Young Mum explains that it’s not the sex, but the semen that likely has the greater impact.
“Semen contains natural prostaglandins which help to ripen, or soften, the cervix and cause it to open,” she writers, though she doesn’t negate the fact that sex in general is helpful, too.
“Additionally, the hormone that causes contractions is oxytocin, which is the same hormone that is released during orgasm.”
#tbt – 36 weeks pregnant. I never posted this at the time because I thought I was a flubbery whale. In hindsight, I think I was looking a-OK. I was pregnant for another 4.5 weeks after this photo, and that month felt like a fucking eternity. What was your favourite & least favourite part about being pregnant? With Bob it was my maternal instinct that allowed me to 'know' I was carrying a boy without ever medically finding out, but worst part was 24/7 morning sickness for whole pregnancy. With Floss the worst part was torn abdominal muscles and my back out of joint, best part was my labour – I couldn't have asked for a more standard, straight forward experience after being induced the first time. I looked forward to it a lot more second time around, which is so weird considering how much it hurts but there's TOO many bad, scary labour stories around – sometimes you need to hear a good one ❤️
Then, she goes into somewhat graphic detail about how she went about getting her husband Jaryd to help get things, well, moving.
“I instructed Jaryd to go into the bathroom for some alone time with himself and his…hand,” she explains…Let’s be brutally honest, there was more chance of me farting and shooting the baby out pain free than there was of me having an orgasm this heavily pregnant, so his swimmers were going to have to do!”
She’s not wrong. It’s hard as hell to get in the mood when you’re that pregnant. Plus all the bodily discomforts tend to be pretty distracting.
“Sex was literally the last thing on my mind, so as I got in position on hands and knees, whilst eating an apple and watching Suits, Jaryd came from behind and did what he needed to do. Literally.”
And wouldn’t you know it, later that evening she began to have contractions. And thirteen hours later, she was welcoming little baby Florence to the world.
Birth blog LIVE! 👶🏻 Yes it took 7 months, but we got there. Warning: It does include a lot of birth photography by @elsacampbell from @birthphotographycollective even a crowning shot (yes, a side view of her head about to burst through my vagina hole) and me cutting the umbilical cord. But actually, you can shove that warning up your butt hole because they're such beautiful, amazing shots and I'm SO proud. If you don't want to see them, don't click! Link in bio😘 ps: allow yourselves about halfa – it's a biggy! Xx #theyoungmummy #birthblog
There’s still no definitive answers as to whether it’s all a coincidence or if it really did help, but by the time you’re a week or more past your due date, anything will do.
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Image: Instagram / @sophiecachia_