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Sex Does Not Trigger Labor

We know you're eager to see your baby's face (and you're probably feeling a bit uncomfortable), but no amount of lovemaking is going to speed things along.
A new
study from Ohio State University
College of Medicine
found that women who
were sexually active at the
end of their pregnancies
didn't have their babies any
sooner than those who
abstained. So how did this
rumor get started?
"Semen contains low levels
of prostaglandins, the hormones
that induce labor,"
says study author Jonathan
Schaffir, M.D. "But
the small amount
exchanged during intercourse
doesn't appear to
initiate labor in any way." Of
course, you should always ask
your health-care provider
about what's healthiest for you.

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