I will be 41w tomorrow. This is my first, and my mother was 3 weeks late with me (her first) so I kind of expected it. Even so, we do walking, RRL tea, I *tried* castor oil, but a really small amount, I didn't want to take too much. It did nothing. I did a far gentler thing, Smooth Moves tea (Senna, Licorice, Ginger, Bitter Fennel, and Orange), which did actually help in the way it was designed to, unlike the Castor Oil, but didn't do anything for contractions. Acupressure, yes. it helps, but doesn't get anything moving. I have the same worries about my water breaking, even though I know that only like 1 in 5 women's labors start that way. I've been convinced a couple times I felt a "trickle" but this was just more excess vaginal discharge (sorry tmi) . . .I'm kind of at peace with the baby now, though I was really, really freaked out last week.
I had a BPP on tuesday, baby is good, scored 8/8, fluid is good, placenta is good, baby is not too big (they guesstimate 6 lbs 12 oz, which I think is about a lb short of what he is), so the midwife is content to leave him to cook. I am only 1 cm, so no membrane stripping, though I was willing if I was a 2 or 3. Only 50% effaced as well.
Have a NST on Monday morning if he's not born by then, and I really am thinking he will not be. The longest they will let me go without induction is next Friday, November 20th, so at most I have a week left. That is actually very comforting for some reason.
And the best (sarcaticlly put) part is, yes! I am still working. Though it is a PITA answering the same questions every day and every hour.
hang in there!
Katrina - Mama to Gabriel
11/20/2009 and Norah
10/11/2011 and Theo
03/11/2013- married to Wayne -