No you don’t need to do anything at all. I think in some ways it can help us mentally to feel we are doing something because towards the end of pregnancy you feel tired, maybe suffering some aches and pains (or worse) and excited to meet your baby.
But the thing is that nothing will work unless that baby is ready to be born and your body has already started the process.
I confess to happily trying many things but none of them worked! It was a brisk walk to the shops after I instinctively felt I needed to that started things going with my second baby.
All you need to do is relax. Let your baby finish growing and tell your body it’s ready to born. Chasing labour could potentially delay it more by creating stress hormones which will tell your body it’s not safe to give birth yet.
Just going with the flow! I’m 39+2 & I won’t be having any form of induction, baby will come when they are ready and that could be right up to 42 weeks for me until I’d consider anything else xx
I cannot lie, whilst I’d love to sit around and say he’ll come when he’s ready, I want him out asap😂 I have an induction booked in for bang on 40w for medical reasons but would love to avoid that at all costs, so we’re trying anything and everything😂
@IRR hahaha 🤣😂 … this baby is giving me stresssssss. I started having contractions at 33 weeks. Was admitted to hospital after testing positive for preterm labour. Desperate to keep this one in until 37 weeks at least. I’ve always carried my babies to term so I don’t know what this little one is up to 😂. Waaaaaaay too eager! Probably hearing all the laughter outside and wanting to get involved!
I hope everything goes well for you.
It made giggle a little your comment
Not sure if it counts cause I'm being induced at 39 weeks due to being high risk, but I'm not doing anything special before that. I think most tips online have a small or no correlation with actual delivery dates though so I'm not avoiding them either (e.g. I go on walks cause they're good for us and I have my entire pregnancy and Im not actively avoiding spicy food)
I’m here trying to keep baby in!!!!!
I didn’t do anything at all and went into Labour at 37+5… baby will come when they are ready
I agree. I am also going to let it happen naturally for as long as possible, unless I start to develop any other symptoms or feeling really bad. They like to force it a little sometimes without really a strong evidence.. not sure why.
At my mothers or grandmothers time, none of these were proposed, they would come when they wanted.
I was 38 weeks on sat just gone and haven’t been doing anything special to encourage him. Trying to let Scorpio season pass first 😂😂😂
Same here just getting on as normal and letting baby come when they’re ready. I’m open to the idea of a sweep I think but will see when the time comes!
Going with the flow. I don’t see the need to try and induce unless medically required. I’m trusting my body to know when baby is ready to enter the world.
Thanks for your replies 🥰 xx
I’m going with the flow too x
The only thing I’m doing is using clary sage essential oil in my bath because its relaxing and I enjoy it. I’m not doing anything else because it will just stress me unnecessarily, which won’t help. I’m also not planning on any sweeps or anything. Just trying to do things I enjoy and stay happy. Baby will come when they’re ready.
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Nope, when she arrives, she arrives. My hospital doesn’t offer sweeps until dead on 40 weeks and I’ve declined all those too. My son came at 39+5 by himself. I’m happy for this baby to stay in as long as possible, I’m not ready this time 🥴
You’re not alone. I’ve been offered sweeps already (38+6 today) and have politely declined. My first came on their own at 40+4 and, without medical necessity meaning otherwise, I plan to let the same happen. No one has been pregnant forever, they’ll come when they’re ready.