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Well, I knew that 1st time Moms went to 41W1D on average (which means that going to 42W is well within a healthy, "normal" range.) But I was convinced I'd go sooner - studies show like 75% of Moms who exercise thruogh their pregnancy go before their "due date" (40W) and my sister went very early, my Mom & Gmom right around due dates.
So I was NOT a happy camper when I made it to 40W and I wasn't even having any BH ctrx! I was starting to think my uterus didn't even work!
I was ready intellectually, to wait longer. But emotionally, I was a complete WRECK and feeling betrayed by my body. Terrified I'd never go into labor naturally, terrified of induction, terrified I'd never be able to handle pit ctrx without an epi (Not to mention the emotional stress of doing all my laboring in the hospital, which I also dreaded - had been planning to labor at home as long as possible.) Frustrated and angry every morning I woke up not having gone into labor AGAIN!
Mama to P. born at home 10/09, and W. born in the hospital 2/13
I wish I'd known that pitocin contractions hurt way more than the regular kind. I would have gotten the epidural instead of enduring what I mistakenly thought was the sort of thing "women have done for centuries."
I was given misoprostol instead of Cervidil, but it's pretty much the same thing.
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