Originally Posted by BoringTales
42 weeks would be my personal limit, and if I'd had a prior C I'd want to try a foley induction as opposed to using any of the labor inducing drugs. For me, going past that would be too much like playing russian roulette with a healthy, term baby. I'm very anti-induction for healthy non-complicated pregnancies in general, but at some point you have to consider just what you are risking for your ideal birth experience.
Good luck in your decision making process and I hope its all for not and you go into labor on your own soon!!
Wow...really, Russian Roulette
? Is that really the language you would use? Because it seems really strong, TBH....strong and a bit crazy, when you consider the options as far as induction is concerned....foley induction even seems to be a bigger "risk" than waiting it out....pitocin and al lthat jazz, EXTREMELY risky as compared....considering this woman is a VBAC....I'd say her BEST bet is to wait this out...baby is fine, baby is not the reason she is worried..she is worried, due to the persistent myth that some magical, dangerous change takes place at exactly 42weeks and that, quite suddenly, you are no longer a woman wanting a natural and more gentle birth for your child...but instead, become a crazy person, hell bent on playing "russian roulette" with your babys life! Going past 42weeks...is just as good a reason to be induced as "huge baby syndrome"...also known as "anything larger than 6 pounds". Ugh.
Anyway...OP.....darling...if you feel something is WRONG, you need to listen to that feeling...but with a happy, active baby with good heart tones and a mama who is not feeling any signs of danger...I'd say you are right on track! With your previous births being inductions...we have no idea how long you really bake your babies, you know? Left alone to bake 'em....you could've gone past 42weeks every time..in which case you wouldn't be the least bit worried now, because you would know that you are a longer gestator(is that a word?).
"Due" dates are just as arbitrary as "too late" dates. These dates, these lengths of time in which our body NEEDS (according to the med community) to have completed the process of readying our babes for the world...these are lengths of time set by MAN! Not nature. Most MWs who are out of their comfort zones past that mark...are only uncomfortable due to insurance risk, etc...really. Our bodies are all different...each and every one of us are chemically different people. The process of preparing our bodies and our babies for birth is so complicated...every moment, OP, your body is undertaking this task, even when you don't feel it or see outward sings. For us, it feels like waiting...like a wait that may never end....but inside, your body is a hoppin' joint right now...as evidenced by your lovely contractions and other signs that you are SO close.
So long as you remain comfortable...feeling as though everything is fine with the baby, sounds to me like you're right on track. For me, personally, I wouldn't seek care, simply for moving past the 42w mark. It is just SOOO arbitrary...really, if by 42w your baby isn't quite ready...that would seem to me, to be even MORE reason NOT to induce...if s/he's not ready, s/he's simply NOT ready, you know?
Good luck....I really think you sound soooo close and, like a PP said..I'm guessing you're going to have a quick and intense birth...it seems like your body is doing TONS of prep work and I think when you are ready to go...your gonna GO!
Good for you honey....it seems like you are really using your head and intuition here...as long as that baby stays "happy"....I'd say this is perfect, just the way it needs to be! I don't envy you, my sweet, I only went to 41w1d...and I literally thought, that my baby was never, EVER going to come out of me. Somehow, when you are in those final days....it's SO hard to see that light at the end of the tunnel...then, WOOOSH! Out they come...and you find yourself thinking some time later "whoa, 48 hours ago I had a baby in me still...that seems like WEEKS ago!" - when we're in those last days/hours....it feels like time is streeeetching out so slow...then, baby comes and all the sudden time is FLYINNNG and days pass like seconds!!
Soon, my lady, soooooooooon.