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Dare we say it - sex could help overdue Kate!

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The Duchess of Cambridge is thought to be several days overdue, but there are lots of things you can do to stimulate labour...

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge should invest in some alone time in a bid to hurry the arrival of the overdue Royal baby, according to a health expert at Birmingham City University.

Alison Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at Birmingham City University, said sex in the late stages of pregnancy can elicit chemical and physical responses associated with bringing on labour.

Alison said: “Semen contains a hormone which can work on the cervix and in turn stimulate contractions.

“Kate could also consider walking to help the baby to move into the pelvis and encourage the onset of labour.”

Alison is less convinced by other frequently mentioned labour stimulants, including hot curries.

“Several much-discussed ‘remedies’ such as curry, liquorice and dates, much like the cod liver oil that people used to take, have a tendency to cause women to open their bowels and can even lead to diarrhoea. This can itself trigger contractions but these can be quite violent in nature so are not recommended.”

Alison also counselled pregnant women on driving with large bumps after the Duchess was spotted earlier this week driving away from Buckingham Palace after taking Prince George swimming.

“Kate is pretty petite in this pregnancy and has long legs so driving may not have been too problematic for her, but women who choose to drive whilst pregnant should always remember that the seat belt must go around the bump and not across it.”

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