Anyone else think it might be sooner rather than later? Here's wishing everyone "happy labor vibes" if babe is ready, and "enjoy the rest of your pg" vibes if you or babe needs more time.
Hoping the baby will stay in at least another week, preferably two or three, realistically four or five, hopefully not more than that! I'm at least a *little* anxious!
We are a family of Jesus loving urban-nesters living the granola life in a not-so-crunchy city. Our kids (DS 8, DS 7, DD 4) are home birthed and educated, and we just found out that a new Little will be added to our roost mid-April '14!
But I would far prefer to make it to September - we are in the midst of a remodel and I'm far from ready
We are also finishing up a remodel though, and are staying w/ my parents. We will stay here until a couple weeks after the twins are born most likely, since the house is still a few weeks from being livable. For that reason, I wouldn't mind if they waited a couple more weeks to make their debut, but my body is SO ready!!
AP crunchy homeschooling mama to Henning (1/4/03), Connor (7/1/05) and Elijah (9/21/08) and shocked to be 11/15 Forever holding my 3 lost little ones in my heart.
I'm hoping to go close to my edd, but since Wednesday is my last day of work, I'm ok going a little late, too. I'm really excited to give birth and meet this baby though, so I hope she doesn't wait too long to make her appearance.
We will be 37 weeks on friday and are down to weekly Dr's visits now....we go to the drs again today at 11:30....last visit she was were 50% effaced so it will be intresting to see if there is anymore progression. Dp last day of work is the 20th and mine the 22nd. I told dp she as to wait at least until then if she can hahaha. Our dr said he can induce when we are at 39 weeks if we havent gone by then or for sure at 40. Its so surreal to imagine that in 2 1/2 weeks I will be holding my first child!!!
I would definitely recommend avoiding an induction if there are no medical reasons for mom or baby. Just because your doc is willing to do it, does not make it good practice. The AVERAGE gestation for a first-time mom left to go naturally is 41 weeks and a few days. So, the average first-time mom inducing at 39-40 weeks is doing so before her baby is really ready to be born, which greatly increases your chances of having a c-section, plus increases the chances that your baby will be premature or have problems breastfeeding, etc. Here is a recent article about premature babies and the US infant-mortality rate.
I would really encourage you to do some research on the risks of induction, the variability of gestation lengths, inaccuracy of due dates, and the potential effects of a c-section on your future fertility and future births. ACOG does not recommend elective inductions, nor inductions because of a suspected "big baby" or a suspected "small pelvis" or some other specious reasons docs give for doing inductions. But docs do them because it is more convenient to their schedules, and they are so routine to them. All that matters to them is a "healthy baby" and if the baby has to spend some time in the NICU first, it's no big deal, because after all we have the best technology to deal with it, and they will end up "just fine."
An excellent book I think EVERY woman giving birth in the US should read is Henci Goer's The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth. It really explains all the research about common interventions in birth and also explains the obstetrical mindset, and gives an insight into WHY so many things are done to laboring women that are not backed up by research (the short answer: fear of malpractice lawsuits).
I think there is no middle ground, at least that I've found.
Inductions aren't always awful but should be avoided, sadly I've not avoided them both times, sometimes things aren't up to us
"So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world." - Jack Layton
I would also avoid an induction for non-medical reasons. It hurts a lot more & is more stressful on you and the babe and you are more likely to get a c/s. I heard something recently that I really liked on this and other "routine interventions": When an intervention becomes routine (in other words there is no outstanding medical reason for the intervention) it leaves you with no benefits to the intervention, only risks.
But I could be biased since my induction failed and ended in a c/s for FTP (or failure to wait, whichever).
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Wow ladies - only a few more weeks and we'll start reading birth stories/updates/and have pictures of our little ones. CRAZY!!!
P.S... I am totally jealous of the camping thing too. DH and I actually talked about it last wkend; but it is just toooooo darn hot for me here in TX. If we lived somewhere cooler, we might be camping every wkend! I love it.
Me. Full-time ,,x2 Momma. Part-time Doula & WAHM. Married to my bff USMC CWO2. Momma to the big M 11/06 -- the lil' C 09/08 and expecting our 3rd & last 12/12.