Guide to Induction at 37 Weeks: Everything You Need to Know

Have you just found out you’re having labor induction at 37 weeks of pregnancy? If so, I’m here to share my story and calm your nerves. I did lots of research, as I do, and no worries, mama–all went very well.

Why have a labor induction at 37 weeks?

Inducing this early is not the norm, and it is not recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) unless continuing to carry the pregnancy could post a risk to the mother or baby.

What to expect from an induced labor at 37 weeks

Many doctors will give you two steroid injections prior to labor, with each injection being 24 hours apart. These injections help baby’s lungs develop, and while they are often lifesaving for babies born preterm, they can still make a big difference in your baby at 37 weeks.

Inducing labor with pitocin

There are always risks with any medication, but on the whole, the major difference between a labor your body induces naturally and one induced with Pitocin is the strength of the contractions.

Keep it moving with wireless monitors

As I learned, and my medical team confirmed, freedom of movement in labor is a great way to take control of your pain and “use gravity to help your baby come down and increase the size and shape of your pelvis.”

Bring comforting labor tools

We learned in our birthing class that having your partner or support person rub your low back with a massager can help mama manage contractions.

Advocate for Yourself

Going into your induced labor knowing what to expect and what you want is critical. But also, make sure your support person knows what you want so you can both advocate for your needs.

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