5 Poses That Should Induce Labor (But Don't)...

Erica Rodefer

Blogger Erica Rodefer vents about some of the yoga poses that she thought 'should' help induce her labor... but didn't! Can you relate to trying any of these poses while preparing for labor? Did any of them work for you?

Five poses that should induce labor (but don't)... or at least haven't so far for me.

OK, to be fair, most of these poses are designed to open the hips, which should prepare the body for labor but not necessarily "induce" it.. but people say squats particularly and hip openers might help if you're at term and ready to go. (I am!)

Without further ado, I give you 5 Poses That Should Induce Labor

1. Malasana (Garland Pose)

Garland pose

2. Goddess Pose

Goddess pose

3. Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-Legged Forward Bend)

wide-legged forward bend

4. Baddha Konasana (Cobblers Pose) while pressing the "trigger point" between your ankle bone and heel

cobblers pose

5. Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana (Compass Pose). A milder modified version of this to open my hips.

compass pose


Other things that don't work...

Spicy Foods


Long Walks

Bouncing on a Yoga Ball






Not yet tested...



erica rodefer for yoga u online.comErica Rodefer is a writer and yoga teacher living in Charleston, SC. As the former online editor for Yoga Journal magazine, she lived and breathed yoga at work and at home. She practiced with amazing teachers every day, went to yoga conferences, and had a supportive environment to live her yoga. Now, she's trying to navigate yoga in the real world, and blogs about her journey to find contentment and live in the present, no matter what. Her loves include yoga, writing, crafting, her cat Gracey, and her dog Penny.