How to Induce Labor at 37 Weeks


Pregnancy is a long and arduous road to travel. Though you are excited to hold you new bundle of joy, by 37 weeks of gestation, you are ready to call your body your own again. Not only are there aches and pains galore to contend with, there is the rotund belly in the way of doing daily tasks. There are ways to speed the process up and induce your own labor. However before taking on such a task, consult your doctor to be sure you and your baby are ready for labor and delivery.

Things You'll Need

  • Castor oil
  • Sex
  • Exercise
  • Oxytocin

Have sex. Even though your oversized belly and the baby who is kicking and hitting you on a regular basis doesn't exactly put you in the mood, sex may just help induce your labor. Your mate's sperm contains prostaglandins, which are hormones that help stimulate contractions.

Ask your doctor to strip you. Of your membranes that is. This process resembles that of a vaginal examination, with your doctor inserting gloved fingers inside your cervix, scraping away the amniotic membranes from the uterine cavity. It is believed that doing this releases the prostaglandins, preparing the body for labor. You may experience some cramping from this procedure.

Take a walk. The swaying of your hips from side-to-side helps move the baby into position, while the gravitational force from your upright position helps bring the baby into your pelvis. This is the most effective for women who are already experiencing minor contractions but who have yet to enter full-blown labor.

Stimulate your nipples. One of the most popular medications used to induce women in the hospital is pitocin. However you can very easily make your own pitocin by massaging your nipples. This act releases oxytocin, the natural form of pitocin. It should be noted that this form of labor induction should only be used under advisement of your doctor; it can cause long, strong uterine contractions which can result in a slowing of the fetal heart rate.

Drink some castor oil. Some old-school doctors and midwives will swear by the effectiveness of castor oil for inducing labor. It is believed that it causes the muscles of the intestines, which surround the uterus, to cramp; this then may result in labor. Simply mix one to four ounces of castor oil with six ounces of orange juice and drink as quickly as possible to avoid the not-so-pleasant taste.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is important to remember that while some of these methods have worked for some people, they may not work for all. You should also consult your doctor before attempting to induce your labor, especially three weeks early. It can pose a risk for your unborn baby.

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