Inducing Labor – Does Anything Work?

37 week belly pictureThis morning I had my 37 week doctor visit. My blood pressure has been elevated the past few days, but I can always get it back down by lying down on my left side. I was anxious to talk to my doctor about that today.

The appointment went pretty well. Gained a pound. I’m up to 9 pounds gained for this pregnancy. I am SO happy about that! Blood pressure was  a little high, but not too bad. It was 140/85. It tends to get worse as the day goes on, so I wasn’t surprised that it was ok.

Went back to the exam room, and he came in a few minutes later. We talked about my blood pressure, and he told me that he’s not too concerned since I can get it to go back down, but if there ever comes a time that I can’t get it to go back down, I need to go to the hospital immediately.

He then checked my cervix. Still really high, (not surprising!), but he could feel the baby’s head, and I’ve dilated to a whole ONE. It’s better than nothing, though, right? He stripped my membranes and told me that because I’ve done so well this pregnancy, he really, really wants me to see if I can go into labor on my own. Fabulous. <insert eye roll emoticon>

Since I’m past 37 weeks, he told me to start doing anything I can think of to put myself into labor. Since I’ve never gone into labor on my own, I really have NO idea what will work!

So, I got home and started googling “ways to induce labor”. Oh. My. Word. Everyone and their mother has an opinion on this.

Now, so you know, I will NOT drink castor oil or Kaopectate or do anything that’s not natural or safe. While I want this baby to come naturally, I do NOT want to do anything that could cause him any harm.

What are the ways to induce labor that you have used that have actually worked? Are there any that really will work?

So far, the most common ways to induce labor that I’ve found are the following:

  • Sex
  • Acupressure
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Eggplant
  • Chinese Food
  • Nipple Stimulation
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Walking

I am also planning on trying the Break Your Water Cookies that I posted recently, and see if those do anything at all.

I know that this post will cause people to comment and tell me that I need to let the baby come naturally and on his own. I already know that nothing will bring on a baby that’s not ready to come. And since I have never, (in all 5 previous pregnancies), gone into labor on my own, I figure that if I start doing these things now, maybe by the time my due date rolls around, he’ll be ready to come. So, please, no lectures. I’m not going to do anything that could hurt my baby, and since my doctor is the one recommending that I do these things, who am I to question his advice? 🙂

I am curious to know, though: Is there a method to induce labor that has worked for you?

32 Week Doctor Visit & a Bonus

Today, I had my 32 week doctor visit with my obgyn. Overall, it went really well. I haven’t gained any weight in the past 2 weeks, but I haven’t lost any either. Doc said that if I’m not going to gain, at least it’s best that I’m not losing either. Blood pressure was good. Baby’s heart rate was good. He didn’t even check to see if I was dilating because I was “so closed” last time that he’s convinced I’m not going to dilate on my own. (Just like I’ve been telling every other doctor for the last several pregnancies!)

So, what’s the bonus? I have strep throat! (And so do Jace and Lucy, but I’ll get to that.) I started having horrible ear pain yesterday. By 5pm, I couldn’t stand it anymore. I dropped hubby and the kids off, and Ashley went with my to the emergency room. They got me back right away, and the doc checked my ears. Said they both looked fine. Then, he checked my throat. He said that it appears I’ve had strep for quite awhile, and it’s now working its way up my ear canal. (I didn’t know strep did that, and my throat never hurt!) He did a rapid strep test just to make sure, and it came back positive immediately. He put me on antibiotics as well as a pain medicine for the ear pain. My obgyn looked at my throat today, and he said that they put me on all the right meds, and I should be feeling much better in a couple of days.

Last night around midnight, I heard barking coming from the boys’ room. No, we didn’t get a dog. It was Jace. And it was croup. I hate croup. So, Jace and I spent the next 3 hours using the nebulizer and breathing in the steam from a hot shower before he finally fell back to sleep. He continued to bark all night.

Lucy woke up this morning with absolutely no voice, and tears streaming down her face because her throat hurt. It was heartbreaking.

My first phone call this morning was to the school to call Jace off for the day, and the second was to get Jace and Lucy into the doctor. We finally got in at 3 this afternoon, and guess what? Strep throat for them, too. SIGH. I’m praying that it stays between the 3 of us, but the doc isn’t hopeful. He did say that if any of the other kids start showing any signs of a sore throat, they would just call in an Rx for them as well.

It has been quite the 24 hours around here. I’m hoping we all get over this quickly and that no one else gets it.

Being sick and pregnant is just no fun, but being sick, pregnant, and dealing with 2 sick kids while trying to keep the other 3 kids from getting it is really no fun.