I've been lurking here for a while, and as this pregnancy draws to an end, it seemed like a good time to actually post I'm a 28 year old FTM living near Washington, DC and hoping for a natural birth.
I was a fingertip dilated and 50% effaced starting at 36 weeks, 4 days. I have had no contractions that I'm sure of (I thought I had something the last few days in the morning, but once I got up, it kind of fizzled...) and nothing seems to be happening. My mucous plug is still happily in place. I occasionally feel BH contractions, but maybe once a day at the most. At 40+1, I was a "solid centimeter," and the OB said he could touch the baby's head, but when I asked him how much a fingertip actually was, he said "almost a centimeter."
The OB started talking about induction next week, and thinks next Tuesday (41+2) would be a good day to give it a try. I've tried bouncing on the exercise ball daily, walking an hour a day, meditating, acupuncture, EPO, pineapple, spicy food, and sex. I know things will happen in their own time, but if I'm not making any progress on Monday (41+1) he recommends spending the night in LD and getting the cervadil to start the induction. I asked him about nipple stimulation and he says he doesn't recommend it, though he didn't get into why and I honestly didn't press it. I'm considering calling and asking to get membranes stripped Thursday or Friday of this week, just to give it a last effort.
I'm trying to relax and go with the flow, but... nothing is flowing.