I can't be the only one who wants my baby to stay in as long as is healthy, can I? Especially with the new March of Dimes article out about almost term preemies. Now, I don't love being pregnant anymore then anyone else. But I want a good size, healthy baby that can breathe on his or her own. And they're so much easier to take care of on the inside!
If I had a scheduled a repeat c-section with my daughter then she would've been born at least 2 weeks early and probably only 5 lbs or so. Instead I had a VBAC on her due date.
I do what works and when it stops working, then I do something else.
I am feeling pressure by mainstream friends and family. People want to take out that 'unpredictable' element to birthing babies. I know it's not exactly convenient but I'm not willing to risk all sorts of thing just so this baby would fit into someone's schedule.
There are some natural things that spur labor on, like castor oil and several herbs whose names escape me at the moment. Those things aren't guaranteed to start labor though...
however, I wouldn't mind going into labor naturally before 40 weeks (39 would be good).
They're not typos. . . I can't spell!
That said, I am planning a natural homebirth so I won't be doing anything aside from walking, sex, etc. to stimulate labor. I have no intention of inducing with drugs. I would consider cohoshes, etc. under the advice of my MW, but can't think of any reason to go there until at least my due date.
Basically I definitely want my baby to be done cooking before s/he arrives - but that doesn't mean I don't hope "done cooking" = 37 weeks!
BUT, I've been measuring smallish (2 cm behind) and I just have a feeling that this baby is going to take longer than 40 weeks to bake. I'm pretty sure I'll be here mid-January complaining that I'm going to be pregnant forever!
SAHM to DS Jan09, DD Mar11.
Now being done work early is a completely different story
I'm a terrible pregnant person. It takes a huge toll on my body and I suffer lots of health issues...top that off with always being late and it can be just plain miserable for me. Maybe it is a bit selfish, although 37 weeks is considered safe and term....but I'll be hoping for an "earlier" baby this time. I would never wish him to be born before he was term though, nor would I schedule an induction or c-section at an early date.
This will be our first homebirth and I am slight worried I won't go into labor on my own. I mean I'm sure I would at some point...but since I was late with all the others and the OB's always induced me I'm kind of convinced my body can't do it on it's own.
Kim, Wife to Michael, Homeschooling Mom to Hannah (14), Aidan (12), Brighton (9), and Oliver (6) and Ephraim (3)
Umm, no. We're having guests until I'm 39 weeks, and there's no way I want to birth at home with 5 extra people in the house! I've told this baby s/he has to wait until January, but as soon as it reaches the 1st, s/he's free to make an entrance whenever s/he wants!
(ok, i'm just teasing, you know that right?)
I really really don't want a baby on Dec 23. It would suck to be away, but even worse to hurry home.
But, kid will show up when kid shows up. I'm certainly not hoping for the baby to show up before they're ready.
It sure would be nice to have his baby between Christmas and New Years!
Mom to 5 amazing kids! (DS10, DS8, DD5, DD3 and DS1)
Taryn-31 Crunchy Conservative Catholic SAHM with DH-32
DS 7.5, DD 5 (vbac), DD 2.5 (vbac), and DD 12/30/13 (vbac)
Comforts of Home Midwifery
I was induced with DD at 40 weeks, 3 days for no good reason. No way will I allow that again!
My EDD has been Dec. 28, Jan. 2 and Jan. 4. Whatever. Late Dec./Early Jan. I'm hoping for after the holidays.
I love being PG, though! This one has gone by so quickly! How is it possible I only have (give or take) 7 weeks left? I admit, I'm still mostly petrified about having a newborn with my high needs/spirited/LOUD toddler!
DH is going out of town for a weekend (unavoidable) mid January. So I really do want her to come by/around her due date and not 2 weeks late. If I go a week over, we'll start talking natural induction techniques.
Anyway I'd just be thrilled to go into labor on my own, period. Around 39-40 weeks would be icing.
Tina ~ SAH- head Mama to -
DS (07/'03), DD (05'05), DS, unplanned UC (01/'09), DD (06/'11) ...
SURPRISE! New little one, due Sept. 2013
I do not want to induce at all, so am praying mostly that she comes within a reasonable time so I don't get the induction talk.
Proud Single Mama, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Student, Aspiring CNM
DD ~ 1/7/09 DS ~ 9/22/10
Loving wife to an amazing SAHD : Mommy to Aviendha 01/19/09
homeschooling mama to ella (9) and maya (5)