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!
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 < 24 hours later... Tried both but no go so far.
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".
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)