Douching At The End Of Pregnancy?

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am 40 weeks pregnant with my second child and I am not even close to starting labor. My mom is insisting that I douche with warm water because (according to her) that will send me into labor. However, everything I have read about douching tells me not to do it at all -- especially at the end of pregnancy. Is it safe to douche, or is douching an old wives' tale? I could really use some advice.

ANSWER

We recommend that you NEVER douche, but especially not at the end of pregnancy. If you have even a minor infection in the vagina, you might force it up into the uterus with a douche and cause a major problem. Just don't do it.

-- Cynthia, CNM