As your due date nears many people give you advice on how they brought on labour.
Eating pineapple was a popular method I was told, I ate quite a lot of pineapple with no effect, other than I got quite bad heartburn.
Hot curry is another favourite, again I had 2 hot curries in the 2 weeks before I gave birth, the only effect was that Mr M (who can't really manage his curry) was sweating buckets!!!
People tell you that sex brings on labour, it's all to do with the chemicals in sperm (apparently!!). I sure a man came up with this as (personally) I wasn't in the mood for sex and also positions were difficult. There's a huge bump in the way!!
Raspberry leaf tea is another method, I'm not sure whether this had anything to do with my going into labour 6 days early or not. I purchased some raspberry leaf tea on the Saturday, I didn't have my first cup until that evening as we had tickets to see Sarah Millican that night at Winter Gardens & I didn't want to miss it so had a cup when we got back. (Sarah was hilarious by the way I would recommend going to see her shows!). I had 3 cups on the Sunday then one cup the Monday morning and my contractions started 3 hours later. This could all be coincidence I know.
So is there any way to bring on labour?!? I'm still not sure but if I was to get pregnant again I would try the raspberry leaf tea again (I have nearly a full box which someone might get use out of as a few of my friends are pregnant). Is it psychologically or is it just the baby is ready? Who knows!!