Anxious to meet baby but no signs of coming anytime soon!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I went to the doctor on my due date and was only 1cm dialated and 30% effaced (some women are this far at like 36 weeks).  I was pretty bummed.  But baby came 2 days later 🙂

At least you are not walking around 3 cm dialated without labor right?  What a tease that would be!

I would suggest going out to a few really nice dinners, have your hubby give you some massages, and spend as much time walking and dancing as possible.  I know it sounds weird, but walking and especially dancing (very hippy or hula style) will help the baby move into the perfect position.  I did a dancing for birth class, it was awesome!

Good luck and try to enjoy all of it!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My doctor said not to but too much stock into position/dilation. She said you can go from 0 to baby in hours, or stay 2cm dilated for 2 weeks. I had no signs of anything happening at my last doctor’s visit, but my son arrived 3 days early. I started to feel funny around 4pm, started contractions around 6pm, knew it was the real deal around midnight, and baby was out at 10am. I agree with PP about movement – I think I had an easy, speedy experience because I was on my feet up until the last day.

 

Oh and I hate when people say, “get sleep now!” You can’t sleep comfortably when you’re hugely preggers, peeing every few hours, and acid refluxing. You are in the home stretch though! Good luck, you can do it!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I hated it when people told me to sleep!  ARGH!  I was so uncomfortable that sleep was not an option :/

I actually went about 8 days past due.  I had sex, I ate a pinapple, I walked miles and miles, I bounced on a yoga ball, I ate spicy food/Thai food/Mexican food, I TRIED EVERYTHING.

At my 41 week appointment (where I was still not even a fingertip dilated!) they did a non-stress test to check on the baby’s heart rate, amniotic fluid, my blood pressure, etc.  I was very healthy and the baby was evidently very happy, so they did not recommend an induction at that time. 

The midwife suggested that I make a smoothie with about a tablespoon or so of castor oil in it which I did on a Friday, then had the baby after a quick, straight forward, uncomplicated labor the next day!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@mixtaperomance:  It does NOT sound petty, it would be a nice Christmas gift!  But just think, if you go on the 26th or after, you won’t have to spend Christmas in the hospital 🙂 (trying to look at the positive side of things lol)

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@mixtaperomance:  Well put it this way I went in for my start of weekly check ups on a Friday and went into labor and had my child at 32 almost 33 weeks the very next day so anything is possible. And we had a 4 week stay in the NICU to boot

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mixtaperomance:  We all know it’s not pleasant so you can’t really enjoy the last few weeks. Maybe focus on how good it is for the baby to get this extra time. When she does arrive, you won’t likely be worrying about her in the NICU, you will be able to take her right home.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I was like that at 38 weeks and gave birth at 39. Stuff can happen fast. Or not. Trying to figure it out will drive you batty! Find something (like Christmas goodness!) to distract yourself, and try not to dwell on it.

Oh, and sleep. A lot.

ETA: Well, I missed where people said they hated being told to sleep, so sorry if that’s you. But I wish someone had emphasized it a bit more for me in those last days. I was too excited to sleep, but should have (I was comfortable, though.)

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@mixtaperomance:  Ummm… yes I kind of wanted to be induced at the time, but looking back I am SO GLAD I didn’t.  If I hadn’t gone into labor on my own, then either my body or my baby wasn’t ready.  If I had high blood pressure, protein in my urine, decreased amniotic fluid, etc then I absolutely would have been induced.  I was hoping to avoid any interventions, and by not being induced before I was ready I was able to avoid the cascade of interventions that often (but not always) follows.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@mixtaperomance:  When I started crying at my 41 week appointment because they didn’t want to even set an induction date, I was reassured that it was best to wait because we were both healthy and doing well.  The midwife also explained a Bishop’s Score to me… meaning they look at a variety of factors like cervical ripening, dilation, baby’s position or presentation (can’t remember which) and the success or failure of an induction can be predicted by those factors.

ETA- found a link that explains Bishop’s Score: http://wellroundedmama.blogspot.com/2012/02/induction-math-importance-of-bishop.html

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