Can sex during the last weeks of pregnancy speed up labor?
Can sex during the last weeks of pregnancy speed up labor?
Submitted by Parents Team

Yes and no. If you're a few weeks away from your due date, sex won't do much to induce labor. On the other hand, having intercourse when you're overdue can speed things along because prostaglandins, hormone-like substances in semen, help soften and ripen your cervix to get it ready for delivery. --Julie Taylor

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Community Answers (9)

im 40 weeks pregnant.. i had intercourse last night and my mucus plug hasnt fallen out nor have i felt any contractions. guess this method doesnt work for everybody.
Submitted by krystaltwaco_21

yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted by alize.nino

I was maybe a week away from my due date when was having intercourse and went into labor. But this time around it doesn't seem like its not going to work the same way. And when i have intercourse it sometimes feels uncomfortable.
Submitted by banksalexis1

the semen softens the cervix if its uncomfortable u can do nipple stimulation or use primrose oil it has prostaglandins just like semen.
Submitted by Kmarie

Yes it can I was 37 weeks with my last child and had sex then with in hours I was in labor. So I think it can help.
Submitted by jendiaz071

I believe sex can help. I was 37 weeks pregnant and had sex and a couple hours later I was in labor. :)
Submitted by VereniseAlvarez

YES IT CAN, I WAS 37 1/2 WEEKS PREGNANT AND HAD SEX ON WED. NIGHT AND BY MORNING I WAS IN LABOR
Submitted by ELIZABETH85

no
Submitted by ashleychughes