I am all for letting baby come when he is ready. I have been able to do this with all my kids except 1, and he had started labor on his own but was transverse the afternoon before and nurse gave me a shot to turn him(he had turned on his own, but she didnt wait to check that), I had a bad reaction to the med to stop contrations and he went into distress, after all that they insisted on pitocin. It was much worse and much longer then my other deliveries, so I really don't want pitocin again.
This is my 8th, and the problem this time is I am having blood pressure problems with mild preclam, they are doing reg us and starting non stress tests soon (I am almost 30 weeks now, hbps started at 16 wks, weekly apts, specialists, 4th us on monday). If my tests for kidney or liver function come back worse or the baby shows distress or has blood flow or lack of growth problems, I will need to have him earlier. Right now they are hopeful we will make 37 weeks, but are sure I wont be able to go past 39 weeks if all stays where we are at now. If any of the tests come bad, we could need to have him quickly or we may have a week or two it just depends.
Since I want to aviod pitocin if I can, and also prefer not to have them try to start it by breaking the water, since that puts us on a time limit and limits our choices.Also the doc broke my water last time without telling me to 'speed things up' and it did nothing but make the contractions hurt. I am wanting to put together a 'plan' of things to try for both if I have a couple weeks warning or need something quick, also if I get to 37 - 39 weeks I would like to get things moving without the above interventions or at least try. I would rather not, but doesn't sound like I will have a choice for his health or mine unfortunately.
So I am interested in safe ways to encourage and get things moving. I have heard of some possibilities, but would like to know if you have tried any that worked and how long they took, so I can know when might be a good time to start it.