Hey, I don't have any links, but I know there is a book out there called Obstetrical Risks v. Research Realities that some people recommend highly. I am not sure you could get your hands on it in time, but it has a TON of research. Maybe you could ask in the general "I'm pregnant" forum and get some good input? One of my friends who decided to go to 43 weeks a few months ago really found it helpful. I believe there is an increased risk of the placenta not functioning as well (although I think this is as you get closer to 43 as opposed to just over 42) and possibly starting to calcify, but I think there are also benefits to a lot of people (I am just not sure what they are LOL, but I do not want to throw out a lot of horror stories and make it seem like there is nothing positive about going past 42).
AFM, I am not comfortable going past 42, so we start "at home induction" Wednesday (to give it time to work). I am not sure exactly what it entails, but I think we start with more mild stuff and then work our way up....I am thinking maybe cohosh? They already told me castor oil will be the last resort. Bebegim, who I mentioned got her HBAC at 2 weeks past her DD, used castor oil and it sent her into labor, so I am hopeful for that. I am really getting desperate...I even had sex last night, and let me tell you. TMI, but we haven't had sex in longer than I care to admit. My sex drive is in the toilet and, for me, sex was like a last resort LOL I seriously almost went and bought castor oil before I tried sex but then I rethought that. Ha!!! Of course, nothing happened....and this baby, who by now is way too big to be pulling this, LOVES to lay entirely on my left side. It is so uncomfortable, especially when I am trying to roll over or get up from laying down!! Man, I am seriously losing hope over here. It just feels like I am staring down the barrel of having to go to the hospital and who knows what will happen then...chemical interventions? c/s? ugh. Last night, I had a really good, long cry and it helped a little, but not nearly as much as having this baby would.
Also, January is having some (full term) babies now. I am now banning myself from lurking on that board
Originally Posted by mckittre
northcountry, lawmama: If it was just us buying gifts, I don't think Christmas would be a problem at all. We didn't buy anything at all for him. The problem is everyone else! Many well meaning relatives, and my son is the first (and only until this darn baby shows up) grandchild on both sides of the family. We try to tell people the kind of things we like, and to avoid buying new stuff, but it only works with some people, and only so much. It seems almost more petty to badger people about what they're allowed to get us than to just say they should get us nothing at all.
Does anyone have any good links for statistics on the risks of induction vs. waiting as you get towards (or past) 42 weeks? I was holding out hope that I wouldn't make it to my appointment on Tuesday, but it looks like I probably will, and I'll have to talk to the midwives about whether to induce me this week or not. They don't have any firm "rules" (other than the NSTs and ultrasounds), but will probably push for it, so I'd like to be informed going in.
northcountry: I would kill for any contraction that felt like it was doing anything at all! I get braxton hicks absolutely constantly, but nothing I do gives me even a single one that hurts. (though I have plenty of general pregnancy discomfort by now).