The saying is right… no one is pregnant forever… because doctor’s won’t let you. And so we’ve reached crunch time.
If you are squeamish about pregnancy talk, go ahead and exit out. Please revisit when my life isn’t consumed by evicting this baby anymore.
At my doctor appointment on Friday, the doc brought up the word I’ve been dreading: INDUCTION. I knew it was time to discuss it, but wow, I didn’t think I’d end up here. But…
I will be introducing Baby D to you by this Friday, no matter what.
So we just enjoyed our last weekend as a family of two… for real this time!
I still want to give Baby D every chance possible to come on his/her own, so I’m looking into options I hadn’t considered before.
Though I’ve eaten labor-inducing food with other beautiful pregnant ladies:
Gone on many, many long walks:
Done my squats, like a good girl:
…and more; desperate times call for more medical measures.
Like a membrane sweep.
Sounds pleasant, no? I struggled with whether I wanted this or not, but decided I would prefer this to work over having to use pitocin. What is a membrane sweep?
Basically the doctor goes in and sweeps around the bottom on the amniotic sac. This does not puncture the sac, but rather it stimulates the release of hormones that can bring on contractions and labor. It will not start labor if you are not ready, but if you are, it should put you into labor within 48 hours.
So, after reviewing my options over the weekend, I’m going to call this morning and try to get into the office for a membrane sweep. One caveat, though, is that I must be progressed enough on my own for the doctor to be able to reach my membranes. Friday I wasn’t there, so I’m really keeping my fingers crossed that the doctor today is able to complete the process.
Then I’ll have 48 hours to hopefully go into labor on my own before being induced, which I believe would happen on Thursday morning.
How I’m feeling…
Mostly excited! We finally have a true end date in site and know by this weekend, we’ll be holding our baby. It feels so surreal!
A bit nervous that I may have to get to the point of induction. As you all know, it’s something I wanted to avoid with every fiber of my body, but I said from the beginning, the safety of my baby comes first and I have to trust my doctor when he says he doesn’t want me going over 10 days past due.
Points of Interest…
- currently 6 days overdue
- signs it is time for baby to arrive: I spotted the beginning of a stretch mark on top of my belly button. Ah!
- the snacks I bought for L&D are close to expiring
- I’m at the point I no longer fear labor. Bring it on.
And finally- thank you all so, SO much for your support. The emails, tweets, facebook messages, comments and love you send my way really make me so amazing and supported. I long to get back to blogging that isn’t consumed by baby (which I promise it won’t be!) and it really means the world to me that you’re sticking it out with me.