If you want to try anything start now, but baby will come when it's ready! I was 3/5 engaged at 37 weeks, tried everything on the list to get labour going naturally but ended up being induced (via a pessary) at 41+2. Even though I hadn't wanted to be induced by that stage I was just fed up of being pregnant and wanted to meet my baby...I had a very positive induction experience despite what everyone says good luck hope your baby comes when you want it to, and that you get the labour you want! x
I agree with the previous posters, I started doing some of the things you mentioned at around 36 weeks and my DD arrived at 41+6. That being said, exercise and sex wont hurt and might help you relax, sleep better, stay positive etc. Curry also wont hurt although you might want to avoid it if it tends to upset your stomach - if you do go into labour, the last thing you want is spicy diarrhoea! And the raspberry leaf tea isnt supposed to bring on labour, but help to tone the uterus and therefore speed it up. Might be a load of rubbish, but if you like the taste then certainly try it.
Don't bother with castor oil, it's gross, doesnt work and will make you ill. Nipple stimulation might be worth a try, I found it gave me lots of braxton-hicks so I suppose if you're almost there it could set you off! Good luck!
You're classed as full term now, as in, if baby arrives now, he or she won't be classed as premature. I'm 37 weeks too with dc4.. and I know how you feel.. But, I honestly can't be bothered to try anything. Too much effort, lol! You go and try them all if you like, it's safe to.
With dc1 I didn't do anything to push labour to start and I ended up being induced, which was horrible. With dc2 I started doing things that may push labour to start at 36 weeks. I was adamant I wasn't going to go overdue again. I did all the things they tell you to do and I went into labour on my edd. Don't know if it was luck or something that worked, but I was happy I didn't go overdue!
Yes, I started to do all of those things at 37 weeks because I was so sick of being hugely pregnant. 5 weeks later, after I was induced, dd finally showed up
But (and I know this is easy for me to say) try not to focus on it too much or worry. The best thing you can do for yourself really is to look after yourself and try to relax. You are more likely to go in to labour when you're feeling safe and relaxed.
Whenever you like! I ate mountains of curry and pineapple, drank gallons of raspberry leaf tea, did yoga, walked, bounced on a ball... I even had sex, for crying out loud! DD arrived two weeks overdue when she was good and ready!
I agree with all the above, try what ever you want, but baby come when they are ready or you have them evicted. I am due in 12 days but am focussing on the fact in 22 days I won't be pregnant anymore. I had my son at 42wks, he was induced.
I think being relaxed about it helps as I stressed a lot last pregnancy and wonder if trying to get the baby to come actually slowed everything down, as I had quite a few false starts and was 2 cm dilated by 40 wks