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Gaaahhh!

Trying to jump start labor (39 weeks) before my induction Tuesday.... Walking ans sex don't seem to be helping much (but who knows...

What's your favorite natural labor inducer/ old wives tale?

* inducing for health reasons blood pressure and extended use of insulin (I will be 4 days shy of my adjusted edd, and 4 days post my original edd).

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Anyone?

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I'm sorry that I did not see this sooner.

Here is one article that lists some additional ideas (and a recipe to try):

[h=1]Ten activities that could induce labor[/h]
I know that some successfully use various herbs/minerals to try and jumpstart labor but without your doc's OK (esp. given your bp and insulin use) -- it is not advised.

Many of my own pregnancies went over. I think I tried just about everything but my body's response seemed to be "let's give her one more lesson in the virtue of patience! Argh! LOL

I do believe that walking and sex were my go to's. Also - taking a nice bath / shower and relaxing seemed to have a positive impact. (At least it did help lower my bp.) Stressing over my desire to avoid induction was one of my big obstacles.

I also did try squats (next to a table to haul myself back up! LOL) and while in bed -- various stretches and positions I'd later deploy during birth.

I'm not sure what combination worked or if it was simply time. There were still a couple that I did end up being induced but I was still able to have an otherwise natural birth experience.

I hope that you get pleasantly surprised and have much more progress than you realize! Either way, I'm sending you lots of ELV's and a wishes for a wonderful birthing experience!

All the best,
~Missy

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Aww thanks! This is baby number 3... ds1 was a not emergent emergency csec (time to set up and hubby was there but we weren't gonna "try" labor first) at 32 weeks. Ds2 was a vbac on his due date (repeat csec scheduled for the next day). This one is being induced a few days early so...

With Ds2 I did a lot of walking and some acupressure (or my hubby's attempt based on a picture off the internet, worst case scenario - a really nice back rub) and water broke

I don't do herbs or anything like that but the "can't hurt" type at least give me the illusion that I'm "doing something".

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The massage sounds nice. Suggest one more -- just for good measure of course! LOL

What time do you go in tomorrow? I'll be thinking of you!

~Missy

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5 am... Ds1 and ds2 are already at the grandparents' for a sleepover... They are sooo excited!! I could do without the snow, ice and freezing temps (so far it's taken hubby 2 hours to get home - usually 45 minutes)