This 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:
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Chinese Food
- Nipple Stimulation
- Evening Primrose Oil
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?