we cook 'em long and large in my family. my sisters kids, both VB, were 42 weekers. 10# and 10#4oz
actually she started talking induction at 38 weeks. anyhow, wont be going back there... but i do think that im going to give my self a few extra days in my favor when i see my next provider. maybe like 5-7 or so. it will depend but that's what i think i will do. that stress at the end was so awful and i blame it partially on getting a c/s.
After my c/s I learned that the babe's position can delay the start of labor as well as influence how labor goes. DD1 was head down but she was posterior (backwards) and asynclitic (hed tilted to the side). I spent a lot of time following the spinningbabies and optimal fetal positioning suggestions during my second pregnancy and think that helped. Well, that and the fact that my body had already "done it" once before. Since you didn't start labor on your own last time your body may just need more time to warm up... I hope you had a wonderful birth!
Praying for a VBA2C sometime in the next 3 or 4 weeks!
Oh, and my 24-day late baby was 9 lbs 10 oz, which seems gigantic, but he was only 3 oz bigger than my previous baby (10 days late) and 4 oz bigger than my one before that (2 weeks early!).
I think going into a spontaneous labor was very helpful in my success. I had tried a lot of things to get labor going about week overdue (acupuncture, pressure point massage, etc...) and was really getting very stressed out that labor wasn't happening. Finally, about 11 days overdue, I decided I could not control this process, I was just going to have to let everything unfold as it was meant to (and believe me, that was hard to surrender to).
When I'd finally almost given up on labor, I did go into labor at 41 w + 6 days and had a great VBA2C!
The latest baby, a 4th VBAC, I have had (all healthy) was 43w5d. He was a biggun', but it was the best birth ever!! Everything went splendidly.
My only complicated births were on their due dates; the csection and my 3rd VBAC. My quickest births were 10-15-23 days late.
They cannot MAKE you get a section because of post dates. They cannot just drop you, they may threaten it, as there is some law against that. You can wait until labor (doing kick counts twice a day) and then go in anywhere to VBAC. However, it isn't the best idea, it is sometimes the only way to get a VBAC/healthy birth for both of you.
With my first VBAC, they did NSTs twice a week until she was born. The birth went perfectly fine. Maybe you could tell them that you ovulate later than the average woman. Who can argue with that?
Yes, your baby sounded small enough the first time, I doubt this one will be huge. And, besides, I usually have 6-7lbers even going so late, except the almost 44wker. He was 9lbs3oz, and it went fine. He was big, but fine and healthy, as I was as well. Kymberli
I am very petite. My c/s baby was 7lb 11oz (the c/s was "FTP"). My son was estimated that he would be born around 9lbs. My midwives were fine with it, but the doc that backed them up tried to talk me into a repeat section because he was "so large" & I was so tiny. I declined. My son was born at 8lb 6 oz & once I (finally!) reached 10cm he was out in 30 minutes with no problems & minimal tearing.
I had been seeing an OB (was unable to get a midwife - the birthing centres here are government regulated and most people in my city just end up on a waiting list). At my last appointment with her (I was around 38? wks) as I was walking out the door she casually mentioned "ok, so I'll call and schedule you a c-section just in case you go too far past your EDD". The most "convenient" date was only 6 days past my EDD!
I freaked out and called my doula who was able to get me in with a VBAC-friendly GP at the last minute (yay!). He never said anything at all about ever scheduling a c-section, but did talk about doing NSTs if I went a couple of weeks overdue. I'm not sure what his "limit" would be for "letting" me go past my EDD, but I was certainly willing to refuse a c-section if it came to that (as long as tests showed baby was doing fine).
This time around I plan to fudge the date of my LMP a bit to give me a bit of wiggle room.
Kate, mom to 7 year old Djuna and 4 yr old Alden. Missing our good friend Hal the cat who died June 2, 2010
Janet ~ Wife to Bryon (Ret. USN), Mama to Korbyn(12), Koltyn (7), and Kashlynn (6/23/09) Our long awaited little girl!! ... a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised (proverbs 31:30)
My DD (HBAC, waterbirth) started active labor (with water breaking) at 40w5d and she was born at 41w. I had a very long labor and had a lot of emotional stuff to get through apparently. I thought I had gotten passed it all but I guess not. Oh and I was very certain on her dates.