So I went to my midwife three weeks ago when I was almost 37 weeks pregnant. Out of curiosity, I begged her to check my cervix to see if there were any changes. At the time, I was -3 station, 0 cms dilated, 60% effaced. This sounded like a somewhat promising start, and made me more confident that my body knew what it was doing. Wanting to get things moving a little faster, I have been eating lots (LOTS!) of spicy foods, having lots of sex, walking a ton, nipple stimulation, bouncing on the birthing ball, accupressure, drinking gallons of rasperry leaf tea, in addition to a bunch of other things. I got checked again today at 40 weeks, and am still -3 station, 0 cms dilated, and only 70% effaced! I almost cried. After three weeks of trying home induction techniques, not only has nothing has worked, I am now looking at having a medical induction in one week.
Has anybody heard of this happening? Being full-term, and baby no where ready to be born? I do know my dates are spot on, so it isn't an issue of incorrect dating. I feel like I am already doing all that I can to get my body ready and prepped for labor. I know everybody is different, and we all birth at different times, but I sill feel like I have been betrayed by my body. How could three weeks go by, and my baby show absolutely no signs of coming? My whole pregnancy I have been very anti-induction/epidural/pitocin, but it looks like I may well be on my way to the whole "cascade of interventions" that I have been dreading the whole time. In my head, I had always pictured a nice, serene birth, laboring mostly at home in the tub with my husband, being able to eat and drink all I want, walk around, basically, do whatever I needed/wanted to do gently bring my baby into the world. Now I am horrified at the prospect of being confined to bed, hooked up to an IV, and strapped to monitors... How on earth could one possibly avoid an epidural/pain meds in such an unfavorable and stressful situation? It just doesn't seem possible.
I am really upset at the possible loss of my dream birth. I know I have a week to go, but it just seems so unlikely that if I am not dilated, only 70% effaced, and baby hasn't dropped AT ALL (kiddo seems more likely to come out my throat!!), that all of a sudden my body will magically go into labor in the next seven days. Has this happened to you or somebody you know? If you had to be induced, were you able to avoid an epidural/c-section? Any words of encouragement? Please?