Hi! I am new to the forum and getting close to my due date. I moved to FL recently and found out VBAC is pretty much a no-go here, and that sealed the deal for me as far as choosing UC. I was seeing a midwife home-birthing group until around 20 weeks and I was measuring normal up to that point, and was on track baby size wise at my 18 week ultrasound. I have been UP since then, mainly keeping an eye on my bp since I have a history of pre-eclampsia.
Anyways, I am 38 weeks as of this coming Monday. I just measured my fundal height for the first time because people keep telling me how small I look. I measured at 32...
Opinions would be greatly appreciated. I am super apprehensive to go to an OB in the area as I am afraid of getting sucked in and never escaping. Not to mention the fact that every office I called when I first got into town said it would be a problem for me to become a new patient so far into the pregnancy and that I would have to send them my records, (of which there are little), and then get approved to be seen by the doctors. Is it just me or is it ridiculous that a doctor would have to approve you as low risk enough to be a patient? I don't get it and it was just one more push in the direction of UC.
The only midwife group here won't see me because I have a prior c-section :/
I suspect the baby might be transverse at the moment as he has not made up his mind yet about position, (actually I think he is sort of on a diagonal), but I could be totally wrong about that.I have an anterior placenta and it is hard for me to ever get a good FHT with my stethoscope, but he moves quite a bit. I am paranoid that he doesn't move enough, but since I really don't know what is normal and I do feel him strongly throughout the day I haven't been too worried.
What would happen if I just showed up at the hospital to have things checked out? Any fibs I could tell them to make them more apt to check things out and then send me on my way without them pressuring me too much? I know my personality and I tend to bow to any sort of authority rather than to cause a stink, so I don't want to put myself in a position where I will be steam rolled by freaked out medical personnel.
I want to UC so badly, but of course I would feel terrible FOREVER if there turned out to be something wrong that I could have caught beforehand. I am so torn right now. I so wish the medical community was more accepting of alternative birthing choices so that I wouldn't feel as conflicted about getting something as simple as a reassuring check up.
Thanks for reading and hopefully responding :) This forum has been a great help to me and I am sure countless other lurkers like me.