My first was 42 wks too.
Now I tack on a couple of extra weeks to the due date, which is a pretty safe bet. That way if I do go 'over', I'm still in ok shape mentally. Even still, when dd was born at 42 wks, she was COVERED in vernix, which means she wasn't overly mature. She probably could have gone another 5 - 7 days just fine, but I did the castor oil thing because the hospital threatened to induce at 15 days over. ugh. The MW gave me the choice, of course, but it didn't seem to make sense to wait and have to go to hospital just to make THEM happy. She was a good weight, and 22" long, and did fine out, but RELAX mamas!
OUR BABIES KNOW WHEN TO BE BORN!!! Jessi - RELAX into this. WE are NOT in control, and we SHOULDN'T be. This is not our birthday - we already did that. This is your turn to help another soul into the world...help...not control. Get your feet up and chill and laugh at people who freak - it's quite funny to watch, actually! :LOL
Thanks for sharing your story Karen - I know in my head that birth is not easy (for anyone involved!), but somehow felt really solo on this. It's nice to share stories and feel that mamaglow that comes from understanding
. Your experience sounds a LOT like my own, and I too felt we made the right decision to go to hosp., it was just such a let down. This time I'm packing a little bag, just in case! I ended up in the hospital with NOTHING! I think we were all kind of shocky. The only good part to it all was that dh actually got one night of sleep while we were in hospital and he was at home (7 hrs). I do hope that your tooth stays ok. I hate toothache. Really, back ache and toothache are just unbearable to me and I instantly reach for drugs - the stronger and longer lasting the better. Labor I didn't need drugs for (well, not the first 16 hrs. of contractions anyway!), and I've had stitches in a variety of places without anesthetic, but a little toothache and I'm out for the count. Weird. Anyway, you're very brave! I think going and having them look and see what's up is probably a safe thing to do... they wouldn't do x-rays anyway, would they? Just look around...
Anyone heard anything about almonds for indigestion? I thought I knew about it but I can't find anything online about it and my mw didn't know. Do tell!
Lisa - it's snowing! It probably won't be enough to keep dmama at bay, but I can always hope! I hope you have found a good book to read, curled up and warm! It's the perfect day to find yourself in Tibet or Brazil or someplace amazing... kwim! Enjoy! andy