Give me the low-down. What natural induction methods work?? Here’s the thing…
Many months ago, while I was feeling oh-so-fab pregnant with my cute little belly and boundless energy, I had told my doctor I didn’t want to be induced. Yes. I said that. I wanted (and still do) to know what it felt like to go into labour on my own. I wanted to call hubs at work with a panicked “GET HOME NOW” and time those contractions until they were 5 minutes apart and we could jump in the car and go to the hospital. You know, just like on TV.
But I’m sitting here, about a day away from my due date, I’m kinda over it and wish I hadn’t said that I wanted to go as long as possible. I’d love to help this sucker get outta my womb and into my arms. But HOW??
Last pregnancy, I never dilated on my own and spent 23 hours in an induced labour. I don’t want this to be my fate a second time. The good news? I’m 2 cm dilated! Head is WAYYYYY down! I’ve had false labour which apparently is a good thing. So let’s get this show on the road.
My extensive research has told me that, in order to bring on the baby, I could do anything from drinking Red Raspberry Leaf tea to (no joke) standing on my head. Most people suggest sex and power walking (at different times, of course). Spicy foods and castor oil have also been mentioned. But what actually works? Is there really a way to start labour without the dreaded hospital drip? I mean, lets face it, there are so many ideas out there that I could be the star of my own TLC show based solely on all the tricks that are guaranteed to pop that baby out.
So, my friends, what should I do? What has worked for you? What should I stay away from? How can I convince this baby boy that life on the outside will be better then safe inside the warmness of my belly??