I am 35w (this will be my first) and starting to think about different eventualities that I might have to prepare for in birth. I talked to my midwife about when they would want to induce if I didn't go into labor on my own, and she said probably 42w depending on whether there were indications of a problem or other factors to take into account. However, I had some high blood pressure readings early in the pregnancy, so I'm starting to try and prepare for what might happen if my blood pressure were to start going up sometime in the coming weeks. (Throughout the middle of the pregnancy it was 110/70 or lower, now running 120/80 or so.) I know there is really nothing you can do to effectively induce labor when your body isn't ready, but assuming I made it to some sort of point where I was "almost" ready to go when they wanted to induce, is there some sort of hierarchy of home/natural induction methods that tends to work best or be most effective most often? I am thinking no... seems like people tend to try them all and nothing works if the body isn't ready anyway... but thought I would ask and see if people had experience or opinions.
I'm not worried about my care providers pushing me into induction before it is necessary--I trust my midwife enough that if she does recommend induction, I believe it will be for a good medical reason. I don't think she would do it because she had an unfounded suspicion that the baby was "too big" or something. I don't so much trust my body, though. It's hard to be fat and pregnant and not feel that the other shoe is bound to drop at some point.
Also my friend was just induced at 41w (and I don't know the details, so it's quite likely that there was a good medical reason) so it got me thinking about this topic. Of course she tried everything (RRL tea, sex, walks, nipple stimulation, pretty much everything except castor oil) and nothing worked, so it's hard to know if any of this is worth doing.
I almost feel weirder about induction than about a C-section. I don't understand why such a huge percentage of labors seem to need to be induced nowadays. It just doesn't make sense to me.