So Many Babies Already! YAY! Who's left? - Page 2
Thanks for your labor vibes ladies...I am going to give it all I've got today and tomorrow to try to encourage labor to begin. Moxa, walking, sex, hands and knees, Maybe the cohoshes (as per my MW's suggestion) since my cervix and everything is looking good and I'm already contracting (though not labor-strong). Well, I can't really walk in this slushy snow mixture but maybe tomorrow I can get out there.
My Aunt has five kids-- 3 singletons and then twins. I asked her if she went past her due date with any of her babies (today is my due date) and she said: "yes, number one was born 3 days late, number 2 was 5 days late, and number 3 was 15 days late!" YIKES! This is my number 3! haha. I was HOPING she would say that each baby came earlier than the last, but that's not the case at all! haha.
(her twins, #4 and #5 were born at 39 weeks-- almost 7 lbs and 7 lb 5 oz! that's a lot of baby!)
My sister's second one didn't come any sooner than her first, I think. And my mom went to 44 weeks with her second (dating in the pre-ultrasound days, it must be said). My doula (who is super-experienced, she's been at it for around 20 years) totally disabused me of the "the next one comes earlier" notion that I had.
40 weeks today, for me - an another NST/US tomorrow. I'm almost hoping there's something vaguely amiss and the "i" word gets trotted out. My midwife attempted a sweep yesterday but didn't get very far, but she offered to do another one this weekend. Fortunately (unfortunately?) I don't live in an induction-happy part of the world and if there's nothing wrong with the baby or me I don't think anything beyond a sweep will be offered until 42 weeks. I can always ask, but I think I would need to be more miserable to do that. The fact is that I'm not particularly uncomfortable and I don't have any health concerns, I'm just completely, thoroughly DONE with being pregnant.
What's everyone's thoughts on cervadil, just out of curiosity?
Well spughy, funny you should ask since I just got my second dose of prepidil yesterday and no baby yet. The first dose I had was at 40 weeks and it certainly helped bring me from 2cm soft posterior adn 50% to 2-3cm, stretchy, soft, middle, 70%. MW says I look as good as could be and that I should be having this baby NOW...but still no show. SEcond application I had at 40+6. It gave me a few hours of contractions and that is it. Never tried cervadil, but really they are the same thing different package. I used a generic cervical ripener with DS2 two years ago. It took two applications (1st at 41+2, 2nd at 41+3) and I went into labor fast and furious a few hours after the second application. Although labor was intense it was totally doable without drugs-- I just labored in the water for 3 hours and out he popped.
I am pretty disappointed that I haven't had this baby yet, but whatever. I guess he is going to wait until the last possible moment to show. I just hope it is before 42 weeks or else I have to birth in a hospital which I really want to avoid. OTOH, my MW totally offered to give me pit yesterday if I wanted to birth right then. I would have had to go into the hospital for that, so I passed and said we'd cross that bridge when we come to it in a week, but man oh man I wish I could just take the plunge with no regrets or guilt.
Anyway, I figure I have a week left to go and if the baby shows before then, WOO HOO!!!!!!!! This is me on a good day however. Tomorrow I may want the pit.
I had cervidil with my first baby to ripen my cervix prior to the pitocin drip the next day. I had a horrible bishop's score (closed, thick, high) so I didn't notice that it did much. I didn't even have any cramping while it was in. It must have been somewhat effective though, because my labor went really quickly once on the pit. Anyway, it is a slow release prostaglandin and isn't recommended for VBAC mommas like me for the risk of uterine hyperstimulation (which is rare and usually resolves in a few minutes after removal of the cervidil). I've seen that cervidil can start rip-roaring labor in some moms if they just need a little "push" to get labor started but their bodies are otherwise primed for labor.
Spughy, oh my gosh, I totally know what you mean about almost wishing something would show up wrong - I've had a tiny little part of me that has almost wished for that with my last several NSTs, LOL.
I actually was just talking with my doctor about cervidil yesterday. Not a ton, but I thought what he said was interesting. I'd asked him what his induction plan would be if my cervix was the same as it was yesterday (1.5cm dilated, 70% effaced - .5cm more dilated than before but other than that, I've been exactly like that for a month) and he said that it would be foley bulb, cytotec, pitocin, in that order. I asked if he would consider using cervidil instead and he said yes, but that it would be a longer/slower process with more chance of it not working. I said that from what I'd read, the main advantage to cervidil was that it can be removed if you're over-responding. He said that's true, but that it's sort of a false sense of comfort, because even if you do remove it it's still had a chance to put those hormones into your system, and so removing it is not necessarily going to remove the effects. (Unlike pitocin, for example, where you can turn it off and in a relatively short time have it out of your system.) He said that if I was worried about it, we could start with a low amount of pitocin when they put the foley in, and see if that gave enough of a kick-start. I explained that I was a little worried that I might be more susceptible than most to uterine hyperstimulation because I have an irritable uterus and contract so much already, and he said that was an absolutely valid concern to have, and that they would not do a prostaglandin of any type if I was contracting as regularly as every 3 minutes or so (which I usually am). Anyway, I thought all that info was interesting. I did a bunch of googling on cervidil vs. cytotec last week and the only conclusive reason I could come up for about why the former was preferable to the latter was the removability factor. (As long as a low dose of cytotec was given to begin with and not a large one.) So, that probably doesn't really answer any of your questions on cervidil (LOL), but I thought it was an interesting conversation anyway!
I am really still hoping labor happens on its own, but if we do make it to my induction date (next Tuesday), I am really crossing my fingers that it won't take much to get labor really going. My body is obviously really fond of contracting already, so we just need to bump up the intensity!
Good luck to all with looming induction dates. Here's hoping we all go into labor before then!
I'm still pregnant too! Not due until the 24th, so I'm not terribly surprised. But I keep having all these contractions that get my hopes up! With my first I didn't have anything except some super mild BH here and there, so at least I didn't constantly think I might be going into labor at any moment. My uterus is toying with me this time.
For all of you who are facing potential inductions, I would personally avoid cytotec like the plague. It's not approved by the FDA to induce labor (not that means a lot to me, to be honest) and it's been known to rupture uteri.
With my first I was induced with cervidil and then had a super fast labor and never needed pitocin. I'm pretty sure it was because my body was just ready at that point.
I'm in the exact same boat as you SamiPolizzi, I'm due the 24th and have been having contractions that are tricking me in to thinking labour is starting and then they stop. So frustrating. With DD they just started and never stopped and 36 hours later she was born. She came at 40+1 so maybe I just cook babies that long ;)
Hoping anyway :)
No induction plans for me, I can stay with my midwives until I'm 42 weeks and then it would have to be an automatic transfer of care to an OB as per our regulations. I'm hoping that won't be an issue. I originally planned on having DD 2yo home with us for the birth but she is going to my moms this weekend and I'm hoping maybe that will be what I need to turn this into real labour. Wondering if I'm internally worried to much about her needs and that's keeping labour from getting going.
My induction is on the 28th, so the night of the 27th is good with me. I just really do not want to be induced. It did not go well last time and I ended up with a C-seciton. It was hard enough last time recovering from a c-section with just a baby to take care of, but this time I would have the new baby and three energetic boys. My DH only gets 1.5 weeks off of work, and we have no one to come help after that. So I really need a semi-easy recovery from this birth.
*SIGH* I'm still here. We had a bit of a false alarm on Thursday--after I posted my update, my DD and I went to work, and I was contracting every two minutes for the three hour job. We decided to go to our other job, but just do a quick cleaning, since things weren't getting too intense yet. I had finally made the call to DP, who works two hours away, and he made it home before us. DD and I had decided to work until 1pm, but I had a few really strong contractions and we left a few minutes early. I had called midwives, the two kids in school, and my parents (who planned to come hang out with the kids).
So DD and I get home, DP and DS (12) were filling up the tub, I'm pacing around and contracting, etc. DP and I went for a walk, my parents showed up, and then things just started to slow down. My MW suggested that we eat a good dinner and then get some sleep, as things would probably pick up in the night. Well, I barely slept, had wicked heartburn, and things SO did not pick up. :( Friday (my EDD) was a bad day. DP stayed home, and we walked and were bored. Saturday and Sunday we intentionally found projects to do, shopping, etc, so it was easier, mentally.
Last night I was having more intense contractions, having to stop and breathe, etc. DP has been great--lots of humor, suggesting lots of walks, so sweet and patient! Still nothing. DP decided to stay home today because we're worried that with all of this pre-labor, I might go pretty fast once labor really does happen, and he works pretty far away. The ironic thing is that I'm going to go clean this morning anyway, since MY job is only two hours today, I'm working with someone (neighbor, who will be the driver), and its only ten minutes away. I am considering calling the midwives later this morning and seeing if they'll see us today. We missed our 40 week check Thursday because I thought I was in labor!
Congrats to everyone who's had their babies.......I have been wanting to post under each thread but I just don't even know where to begin, you know? So YAY for all the babies and patience for those of us who are cooking them longer! :)
Hey all - I am still here. due date passed yesterday. I am kind of relieved. I had a scary notion that he would be early and we just couldn't plan our lives to get everything done before this week. My hope is for sometime after Wednesday - maybe Friday? I feel kinda lame for wanting himt o come late, but I really do want to have some quality time with my husband, who is on spring break (he's a teacher) while we can get it. Our lives are so bust. And though I am swelling lots, and constantly wondering if he will come today, tomorrow, etc...I just want to embrace where I am right now and just hope for a healthy baby and a smoothish transition to mom-life. But I am glad to have a little group of people left who are in the same netherland of uncertainty as I am in. I am trying not to worry about the possibility of induction this early, but I hope you ladies who are facing it weather the emotions of it alright! And congrats to all the people here who made it to the other side!!