Friday, October 8, 2010

39 Weeks and STILL Pregnant

I went to my 39 week appointment this morning hoping that I would be at least 4 cm dilated.  In this case my doctor would've sent me over to the hospital where they would've broken my water to kick-start my labor.  Well, as my luck would have it - that door was slammed in my face.  Instead, I was told I am only 2+ cm dilated - just shy of 3 cm.  But the good news is that my cervix is definitely soft and I'm 50% effaced - in other words, I'm ready for labor.  It's literally just a waiting game now.

My doctor did encourage induction again because she is estimating the size of the baby to be between 8 and 8 1/2 lbs.  She's afraid that if we wait to induce at 40 weeks I will be delivering another 9+ lb baby.  I've decided I will go back to see her on Tuesday and if things have not progressed any further we will go ahead and schedule an induction since my cervix is labor-ready.  Again, the hope is that if I make it to Tuesday I will be dilated enough to only need a little help such as water breakage.  Avoiding the pitocin is my main goal this time.  I'd like to go as naturally as possible.

I was telling my doctor how my family and I discussed the possibility of having a 10/10/10 baby (which would be Sunday) and how cool that would be.  She suggested that in my condition I could probably induce my own labor with a warm enema and make that happen.  She recommended on Saturday night, around 8 or 9 pm, warming up an enema in hot water and giving it to myself.  She said if it works the way it should I will go into labor by Sunday morning.  Oh, really???  I thought.  Well, I might just have to try that.  If it doesn't work I can look at it as just cleansing my innards for when I do finally have this baby.  No poopies for me during delivery.

My mom is moving here tomorrow with the help of Robert so I am gonna lay low - literally - until he is back home then I will be back to sampling various home induction techniques.  So far climbing stairs has only resulted in pain, drinking tea has only made me get up more during the night and as for Robert - poor, poor Robert.  Well, he just feels used.  Isn't pregnancy great??


Score said...

Good luck! Hopefully you'll go into labor Saturday night after Robert is home and your mom is moved in! I know you're ready. Tell your cervix to get with the program.

Faith Clark said...

Good luck,and I think it would be GREAT to have the baby on 10/10/10. =) I'll pray you go into labor around 8-9pm,and deliver at 1201 Sunday. I feel your pain, both my kids were inductions. Gena was born at 41 weeks 2 days, and Jaxson on his due date at 40 weeks ( b/c they knew he was a big 1, 1 oz short of 10lbs.)