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So, I'm 16 days past my EDD. When the midwife checked me Tuesday, I was only 3 cm, and that was after she was digging around a bit. She tried to strip my membranes, but couldn't. She offered an ultrasound, and at the time I thought, no way, but now several days later I'm wondering if it would be a good idea, just to be sure the baby is OK. Thoughts?
 

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What information would you gain from an u/s? What would you do with that information? Are you doing kick counts? Is baby moving plenty still?<br><br>
I don't think I'd do an u/s unless there was something specific I was looking for.<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
Come on out babe!<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I'd want to be sure there was still enough fluid, I guess, and that the placenta is still functioning as it should. And... I don't know. The baby is still pretty darned active and the heartbeat is fine. I'm probably just picking up on everyone else's stress.
 

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I don't think I would have one until 44 weeks. That is, if I was still feeling lots of movement and the heartbeat was normal. But if you have a feeling that you should, I would definitely validate those feelings and go ahead and do it. Worrying is just the pits. Good luck! And sending you lots of ((labor vibes))
 

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I haven't and wouldn't.<br><br>
I have been 2 and 3 weeks late.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'd want to be sure there was still enough fluid, I guess, and that the placenta is still functioning as it should. And... I don't know. The baby is still pretty darned active and the heartbeat is fine. I'm probably just picking up on everyone else's stress.</div>
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Well, u/s are not a great tool to check fluid- they just kind of guess. So if you're having enough movement I would think there's enough fluid for now- just keep drinking plenty.<br><br>
Placenta, again, u/s not the best indicator for that.... movement is still good....<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
I'm sure everyone around you is stressing out. Can you take a day off and get a massage or take a mini-vacation?<br><br>
-Angela
 

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An ultrasound couldn't tell you as much as regular kick counts and non-stress tests would.<br><br>
A healthy, happy baby - no matter the amniotic fluid level or grade of placenta - will respond to movement with rises in heartbeat that stay for 15 seconds or more. He/she will also have regular movements throughout the day. The medical model states kick counts at around 10 per day. I usually recommend moms eat something, then lie on their side and count how many movements they get in a half hour. Chances are they'll get ten before 15 minutes is up.<br><br>
I'm not fond of biophysical profiles simply because the information is so subjective based on what the technician is able to see/measure. This information isn't always a good indicator that something is "wrong" with the baby.<br><br>
In essence, our bodies are not our baby's enemy. They are working together - it's why some babies come early (because the body knows that he/she will do better out than in) and some babies come late (because there's no hurry or there is something not quite finished yet).<br><br>
I believe in our culture the fear we place simply on the due date is causing a huge rise in interventions, complications and illness for mothers and babies. Our bodies are not cartons of milk - there is no expiration date or "best by" date. We are complex, non-linear beings. Our body wisdom is something to be honored and respected.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Thanks all! I just talked to my midwife and we're both still comfortable, so no ultrasound at this point. This is the longest I've ever gone, and I think the combo of my first homebirth, being "past due" and being three hours away is stressing out the relatives... who, in return, are stressing me out. So, I'm just going to stop answering the phone and reading their emails. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> And the baby is moving like crazy. I could get 10 kicks in five minutes, especially if I've been eating Jordan Almonds, which the baby really seems to like. Note to self: Get more Jordan Almonds.<br><br>
So, I'm going to take Katie Grace to her ballet recital practice and get pictures in case I can't be there Saturday, and tonight I'm going to the library book sale. And if I'm still pregnant Saturday, I can go to the recital, and if I'm still pregnant Sunday, I'm making DH buy me a ticket to go see Man of La Mancha. And then Monday we'll see what happens, I guess. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I like movement counts and non-stress tests<br>
but in answering your question about when would I get an ultrasound- about the time I started considering having one-- my reasoning behind this is that you should do what you feel is best, and no matter what someone can reason you into or out of your deeper sensibilities had a desire for this action --- who am I to dispute that...
 

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Good plans <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Enjoy!!
 

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Oh Annette! I've SO been there...went to 43.5 weeks with DS2 - would have been longer if he weren't cut out, but I digress...<br>
Anyhow...just wanted to say hang in there! Baby will be here soon!<br>
Though, I'm sure you're sick of hearing that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 
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