Thursday according to their chart ( a day later than my dates - I'm keeping quiet to hold onto that extra day! ) I have an appointment tomorrow for a NST and AFI to check baby's fluid levels. I haven't had any cervical checks and would prefer to avoid them, so I'll decline that this week as well. I have checked myself (I've charted and checked my cervical position for over 5 years or so) and from what I can tell, I think I'm maybe 60-70% effaced and around 2-3 cm. Thoughts on how to guage my dilation and effacement accurately would be welcome!
I really don't know what I'm feeling for, I'm just looking at the chart and guesstimating based on what my cervix has felt like in the past.
I haven't done much of anything in an effort to get this babe out naturally. We've walked the mall a couple times and DTD a few, but I don't really "buy" natural induction methods anyway, and figure this baby will come when s/he is good and ready. I'm trying to trust my body and believe that I'll go into labor when the time is right. I bought some EPO today.
That said, I very much WANT
my much planned for and anticipated BC birth. I do NOT
want to go to the hospital (again - two prior vaginal births, both with pitocin/epidural - one scheduled, one after SROM) if I can avoid it. So I'm musing about when
I will need to get serious about getting this baby moving in the right direction (Monday? Tuesday?), and what
I should consider first. Cohosh? Membrane stripping? Castor Oil?