I realized last night that all of my pelvis pain has actually done some work. I attempted to put on a pair of tights that I easily wore to an event 2 weeks ago, and I could not pull them up much past my knees. There just no more stretch. I gave up and wore leggings and no socks to Thanksgiving dinner on a snowy evening.
Today my pelvis is [FINALLY!] feeling much better. (See the feeling icky thread for my rants on pregnancy symptoms...) I hope this is its final expansion, because I couldn't take that stinging, aching feeling again ... This is my fourth pregnancy and the worst pelvis pain I've experienced. Thank goodness for stretch pants and leggings!!!
*It is not recommended to induce labor prior to 39 or 40 weeks. I never try labor-inducing methods prior to 40/41 weeks because my babes just aren't completely finished cooking at that point. I sped things up just a couple of days for my first labor, and my DD had a valve/flap in her heart that wasn't quite closed. It caused an innocent murmur that went away in a couple of days and didn't cause any health issues, but she did have to endure a lot of tests and extra procedures at the hospital. I still feel guilty about that.
I tend to carry my babies at least a week and a half past my EDD, so I've tried lots of induction techniques, but never pitocin, as I worry that I won't be able to handle the pain of contractions that are stronger than my body would produce.
Natural Induction Techniques I've tried
There are lots of things you could try to get things moving along. You may already know of them (I see you have two other kiddos) but I'll list a few:
Acupressure: *My chiropractor tells me this is best to start a couple of weeks ahead of your EDD to be effective. Still, worth a try.
Here are some links to videos on labor-inducing acupressure points:
acupressure to induce labor (this video covers leg and foot points)
Acupressure Points on the hand
Acupressure Points on the shoulder/back
Sex to Induce Labor
Semen contains prostaglandins. Prostaglandins cause the cervix to "ripen", or soften and prepare to open. While it is debatable whether there are enough prostaglandins in semen to have any real effect, it is not a terrible way to keep hope alive and while away the last weeks of your pregnancy. Another great side effect is the fact that orgasms produce oxytocin, the hormone that causes contractions. So, between the two, there is a pretty good case for the cure for pregnancy.
Having your care provider strip/sweep your membranes. This worked for me at 41 weeks with my first child. I had already spent several weeks 3cm dilated and was 5cm dilated at my 41 week visit when my CNM did this. I think it's just forcefully removing the mucus plug -- not a gentle procedure as it can be an achy feeling to even have an exam, but still works with your body's own process rather than causing artificial contractions. I believe it By midnight, I was in active labor.
*This was tried and failed during my second pregnancy ...
Evening primrose oil:
You can either take the evening primrose capsules orally, or you can crush them and rub the oil onto your cervix
during your final weeks of pregnancy. You can also simply insert the evening primrose tablets into your vagina and wait for them to dissolve. The effect of evening primrose oil is to induce muscle contractions in the cervix, much in the manner of prostaglandins.
This is a last resort for me. During my second pregnancy, I went 2.5 weeks past my EDD, and my baby's heart rate was concerning my MW. I drank the castor oil in an orange sherbet smoothie in the evening. I can still taste that nastiness. (I vomited the initial dose that was mixed with OJ.) Shortly afterward, the resulting diarrhea kept me in the bathroom for a long time. Warning; TMI: If you have hemorrhoids, this WILL inflame them. :(
Active labor arrived in the wee hours of the following morning, though. DD tolerated labor well, with a normal heart rate throughout labor, and she was born healthy, with her cord around her neck. That may have been the cause of the heart rate fluctuations.
Nursing my toddler
My breastmilk tends to "dry up" during my second trimester and nursing becomes painful during pregnancy, but last time around, 1.5 weeks past my EDD, I decided to let my recently weaned DD nurse. It did, in fact, produce the contractions that led to labor.
Foods: (I don't know how effective this is, but it doesn't hurt to try... and it's yummy.
Pineapple: Don't get carried away, though, as it can irritate your tongue. (learned this the hard way)
Basil: It's said to be the "magic" ingredient in eggplant parmesan that is associated with triggering labor. So buy some fresh basil, make pasta salad, have some pesto, eggplant parmesan, etc.
Trinity: I hope you are able to go into labor on your body's clock, at home.
Peace , Love , and healthy baby vibes >>>