We had our midwife appointment yesterday. Since we were one day past our due date, some interesting things happened.
First off, they said that I should get checked so that they have a base measurement when I go into labor and delivery. I’m 1 1/2 centimeters dialated, 80% effaced (not too impressive considering I was 75% at 34 weeks), and the baby is in -1 position. I’m happy to know that my body is working, but I know that these measurements don’t really mean much when it comes to when I’ll go into labor, so I’m taking it all with a grain of salt.
We also scheduled all my Assuming I Don’t Go Into Labor Anytime Soon appointments. Next week I’m going in twice and getting monitored in labor and delivery for 20 minutes before each midwife visit. Also, if I don’t go into labor by the 30th, I’ll have to be induced. That puts me at 42 weeks and 1 day. The midwife told us that after 42 weeks the risk of fetal death doubles. I really don’t want to be induced though. Scary, scary, scary.
Then, the midwife was concerned that I might be leaking fluid, so she did an ultrasound to make sure that I had enough still in my belly. I had plenty, but that was interesting. It wasn’t a big deal thing like the last two we had. It was just this little machine that she brought into the exam room and measured the black. It was weird to see her spine though. Creepy.
So, it’s basically my biggest fear (obviously not the worse case, but probably the most likely) to be induced. It would force me to stay in bed for the most part, be monitored continuously, have a constant IV (I’m already going to have to be hooked up to antibiotics every 4 hours because I’m strep B positive), pretty much all the stuff that I ABSOLUTELY don’t want. Though I weigh it, and if my baby’s life is at risk by going further than that, then I’m willing to do all those things. Her safety is my number one priority.
I’m semi-trying to induce the labor myself. I’m just trying to get things in order around the house so I’m mentally prepared and then I’m trying to walk, eat healthy, all the other stuff I’ve been doing normally. Well, I’m trying to walk more than I have been since I haven’t been too good about doing it. I’m also trying to make sure that I don’t let myself get too tired. I don’t want to go into labor without any strength. Anywho, I’m going to go eat. Hopefully something healthy.