I think once you are full term it's ok. So anytime from now.... but I would wait till sep 1st if you don't want it to come before then, just in case
I am 37 weeks on wednesday, so very close behind you!! I am not doing anything to speed up the arrival this time. DD was born at 38 weeks and was tiny and didn't want to feed. Am hoping this one stays in a little longer (not too long mind!!)
Are you thinking of perineum massage? I can't remember what oil I used (been a while ) but massaged oil into perineum over last few weeks. I think it worked - had stitches with dc1 but only a couple after ventouse delivery and no stitches for dc2. Had a few for dc3 but he was very quick and virtually flew out!
EPO helps soften the cervix making ready/easier to dilate. You can take upto 3000mg orally a day and once you get closer you insert 2 capsules internally before bed, body heat melts the capsule and the oil sits against the cervix. When inserting inernally make sure you wear a pad to bed as the excess escapes as soon as you move! I took it orally for 6 days and internally for 3 days with DD2 she was born at 39+6 after an hour's labour.
Funnily I have just come on here this morning to ask the same! Having done a quick google - (disclaimer - obviously this is not medically sound advice!) you can apparently start to take the tablets from 34 weeks and internally from 36 weeks.
I'm 36+1 so I was thinking of starting the tablets today and then possibly internally from the 1st September although last pregnancy I only did this once and had a show the next day which kind of scared me, so I might wait for the internal effect until I'm sure I'm ready for it to arrive, IYSWIM
well im 37 weeks today so perhaps ill start with just 1 a day (orally) this week, maybe 2 a day (1000mg) next week and not insert anything until 1st September, when i will be 38 and a half weeks.
my EPO capsules (500mg) say take up to 6 a day (which surprised me) and also did NOT say do not take / consult a dr if pregnant, which also surprised me too! (only warning was for people with epilepsy)
I took them orally pretty religiously from 36 weeks, didn't dare take them internally though! DS was born a week late and I still tore, but the labour was only 9 hours start to finish, so I suppose they might have helped to speed things up a bit for me once labour actually started.
Perrineal massage using any plain oil (evening primrose, grapeseed etc) is meant to help reduce risk of tearing, although it didn't work for me! Evening primrose contains prostaglandins which help soften the cervix to encourage labour, there's no proof that it works but lots of anecdotal evidence about it. I put 1 high strength capsule up there each night from week 39 and ds was born on his due date.