My first 2 were early but for some reason I think this one will be late.
Also, are you willing to let them "strip membranes"? Any considering any form of intervention, natural, homeopathic, or artificial? Is stripping membranes considered artificial intervention?
Stripping Membranes hurts! At least it did me last time.. I don't want to go there, and I would do other things before then.
The Hippie & the Marine
My boys: S (4) & O (2) & Expecting #3 in Dec. 2011
I have never had my membranes "sweeped," but I am going to try it if I make it until 41 weeks (Monday). I have heard that for some people it is painful, and some people say it is nothing at all. Likely has to do with the condition of your cervix and the gentleness of your provider. I am Ok with 5 minutes of pain if it will hasten the 5 or so hours of pain that is labor!
My MW practice will start using a breast pump and may rupture membranes if you go past 42 weeks--both of which are preferable to me than being transferred to an OB and being pressured into pitocen. Frankly, if I go past about 42 weeks and one day, even I will start getting nervous.
Mama to DD1-4y DS-3y DD2-21m
Carlin - loving life with DH and 2 amazing daughters
I haven't even bothered to ask when my MWs cut-off is, because frankly I don't care I think that leagally after 42 weeks she has to refer me to an ob. But I'm paying out-of-pocket anyway and if I do go past 42 weeks she can either attend me "off the record" or I will just UC again.
FWIW, I have been pumping since 36 weeks (to save up some colostrum) and it (obviously) hasn't done anything as far as producing contractions. The last few nights I have tried doing several sessions (like 15 mins pumping with a 10 minutes break) for over 3 hours and nothing happened-like, no contractions at all. So, for me at least, pumping alone isn't enough on its own to get labor going.
Trish~mama to Kaelie 5/03, Amelia 12/13, and someone new coming 11/15, surro mama to Aidan 2/08 & Ellyss 6/09,
Legally we can do homebirth until 42 weeks. After that we have to do hospital birth, but can still stay with the midwives. After 41 weeks we'll do a NST and an ultrasound ~ as long as baby is still fine and fluid levels are still doing well, then there is no talk of induction unless that changes.
same for me, except I'm not doing a homebirth. They'll do an u/s at 41 and a day to check fluid, and let me go to 42 if there's no issue.
mom to z (June 2009) and m (may 2011)
i'm only 38w2d today...getting anxious, but not going all out crazy......YET. lol mostly i'm just trying to NOT let my past experiences get in the way of me being in a good place emotionally if i go over this time!
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My son was born at 41w2d and as much as I am hoping this baby is coming sooner (like, tomorrow!) I am mentally prepared to go all the way to 41 weeks and beyond...I think.
At 41 weeks (which would be Friday for me), she sends her patients for a biophysical profile and NST test. I'm really hoping to not have to do that since I'm feeling confident that everything is fine.
If by any chance I do have to see an OB though, I'm totally lying about how far along I am.
And of course I'll be checking on here for other things to try.
SAHM CrossFitting mama to DS (6) and DD (3) and surprise #3 due in September!