Hello, this is my first post here!
Although I've had all hospital births (all inductions, actually, and half of my pregnancies were high risk) I thought I'd ask all of the natural mommies here for some advice.
This pregnancy, baby #6, I developed high blood pressure at around week 32-33. It is barely under control with medication right now, even though I've been doing the best with my diet that I can and taking it easy.
Here's the issue. My OB wants to induce by week 39 because, frankly, she's worried about my blood pressure and thinks I do NOT need to be pregnant any longer than necessary. Just this past week I accidentally scratched off a tiny scab on my leg and after the bleeding stopped, I *leaked water* from my poor edema-tortured legs!! Ugh.
I have accepted that I will be induced, but at the end of week 37 is there anything I can do to help things along naturally? Even if I don't go into labor, I'd like to help the dilation/effacement process if possible so that I can get through my induction as efficiently as I can AND without additional medication. I did so with my last induction but it was AWUL.
So, are there any suggestions for me? What about nipple stimulation? Does sex really help? My husband is worried for my health and I'm worried that the stress of induction will be worse than just letting things go...*sigh*
*Oh, forgot to mention that I've had several ultrasounds to watch the baby's growth and that I tested positive (1:149) for Down Syndrome but everything showed that baby is fine and growing on schedule.