Hyde, I've been having waves of anxiety too! I am totally not prone to anxiety and it's definitely not attributable to anything, so I just explore the feeling (with a sort of amusement) and use it as an opportunity to get in touch with how my body and emotions are connected. I try to talk to my SO about all this, if he's there, as it's good info for my birth partner. Then I do my best to practice relaxation exercises until is passes. Beyond that, sometimes nesting helps.
EPO: Evening Primrose Oil helps ripen the cervix, but it should not bring on labor. And it's not as good as prostaglandins (most readily found in semen), but it does soften things when applied directly. This softening won't do much if you don't have pressure on the inside from the baby's head, though -when that pressure does come- a soft cervix makes it easier for pressure to change things. If your cervix is ripe (soft) already, EPO isn't likely to make much difference. It's most affective if you place the capsule against the cervix before bed.
BPP tips: Be sure to drink a lot of water before going. Being hydrated helps, as does having a full bladder. One of the things they measure is if the baby is practicing breathing. If they don't see that, don't stress too much because they don't do it constantly. If the baby has had hiccups lately, mention it. It counts a lot of the time and sometimes they'll take your word for it. If there are concerns about fluid levels (the most common reason BPP's end in induction), then change positions, get on hands and knees, etc to get the baby to change positions. There can be a pocket of fluid hiding in there, esp with a full term baby. Evidence based practice, in the event of low fluid levels, is to go home, rest and drink tons of fluid, then come back in at the same time the next day and see if fluid is still low. If so, after thorough checking for levels, that would be legitimate cause to induce. Fetal sizing is NOT part of the BPP score and is all but completely meaningless at this point anyway. So they should not be including that.
For the NST (non-stress test) part of the BPP, get the monitors hooked up and then drink something cold and sugary. This will wake the baby up and get you an "active strip" faster. They also like to see the baby respond to contractions. A wiggly baby can bring these on, as can caffeine for many people (not real contractions, but BH). So, I tend to have a frozen mocha in hand for the post-dates NSTs I've had. And going 2-3 weeks postdates with 3 kids, I've had plenty! Once the monitors are going, try to lie on your left side instead of your back, too. This is better for baby and it's not like you're going to be on your back for any other reason, right? This is supposed to be a NON stress test. lol
AFM: After eating all. day. long. I had this intense restless feeling last night. I felt restless, but nothing was appealing as far as what to do. I got up to just put my bowl in the washer and run it and was filled with a manic nesting urge. I deep cleaned the kitchen (which was not very involved b/c I just did that recently) and SO was great about humoring me. This was good because he did wait until a break in the show he was watching to join me and I was literally biting my tongue to keep from biting his head off. I cleaned while he hung some hooks up for the kids (this project that I've been wanting to do for a while and had everything ready for his part, the last step, for 2 days. It was making me nuts!) then we hung up a pile of pictures that have been sitting on an end table since we moved. Then I straightened up the last of what there was on this level of the house and there was just enough time for a snack before bed.
Oh! I discovered that plain white vinegar is a great upholstery cleaner! I needed to clean the stool for the glider. It's micro suede and so I looked up cleaning for upholstered furniture. The only option listed that we had on hand was white vinegar. So, I just put some on a rag and scrubbed it down. It worked great! Then I walked around with the vinegar rag and tried other stuff. It was awesome for the ceramic cook top (and way cheaper than the expensive cleaner for that specific purpose) and was awesome on glass, too. Yay vinegar! Now I have bleach for sanitizing and vinegar for making things pretty. Today I attack the upstairs master bedroom/bathroom to turn it into a potential birthing suite. I should get off here and get to that before school gets out. After that it's pick up kids from two different schools half an hour apart, drive 20 minutes to 2 hours of appointments, then another appointment an hour after those end. All for the kids. sigh I'm so over these weekly therapy appointments, but there's no end in sight.