Post # 16
I know you must be ready to meet your little one. I was induced 11 days past my due date and I thought I was going to lose my mind. I knew my due date was accurate because I had an IUI.
You still have time before you have to worry about an induction. I was worried, too, but mine wasn’t that bad. I did end up getting an unplanned epidural because of the extra strong contractions but it was great not feeling any pain and getting to sleep while I dialated to 10.
Nothing anyone said to me made me feel better while waiting but I promise you, you’ll soon have a newborn attached to you at all times. Now with a 2 week old, being pregnant feels like forever ago. Hoping your baby comes soon and you have a smooth labor and quick recovery!
Post # 17
You have time. Everyone dilates at different times/rates. I find that impatience will make or break your last days of pregnancy. Relax, don’t worry about getting checked every chance you get. Just let your body go at its own rate without letting impatience and anxiety get the best of you. You’re almost there!
Post # 18
I was .5 cm dilated at my last OB appt (39+5 days). I went into labor on my due date exactly (40w). I labored for 10 hours at home (hard labor, had nonpainful contractions 10 hours before that!) before going to the hospital, at which point they checked me and I was ONE cm dilated. I wanted to die.
I still delivered a baby about 18 hours after that though!
So not everyone dilates a lot before going into labor.
Post # 19
- Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017
I was 0cm until my 40w0d scan when I was 1cm dilated, 3cm by 41w and ended up having my baby naturally 9 days late. If you don’t want an induction you can ask for a few more days, my baby came out sooo strong and alert, she could hold her head up, I’m glad she got the extra days she needed. I stayed sane by walking and walking and enjoying the nice weather.. 🙂
Post # 20
It’s normal for first pregnancies to go to 41 weeks… in fact that is the average length of time for first pregnancies. The expectation that you will give birth by 40 weeks is not accurate and sets up for disappointment. Hang in there… your body absolutely knows what it’s doing and you don’t have to have an induction just because you are past 40 weeks. It is safe to go to 41 weeks without intervention (even 42 weeks).
Post # 22
still pregnant (40+5 today). I have my last OB appointment this afternoon and I’m hoping to schedule an induction for sometime this weekend if possible.
Post # 24
Awww poor you. I went ten days overdue. My water broke first on there was meconium in the fluid so they induced me to speed things up. I ended up with a csection. I know this kind of story is probably what you are dreading! I’ll echo what others have said:
the Labour wasn’t so bad, but I did get an epidural after about four hours of active. Love the epidural!
being late was a blessing in disguise. I know it is so hard, I remember waking up every morning and crying because I couldn’t believe that I was still pregnant. But it does have benefits like you have more time to get ready and time to yourself to rest. Plus big babies are easier, less fussy. Mine was over ten pounds haha.
The hardest part for me of the whole process is realizing you have no control. Even with respect things like walking or having sex speeding up the labour process- none of those things have been proven to work. Baby comes when he’s ready and he comes however he likes. Unfortunately you just have to give in to the process.
Im sorry you must be miserable but don’t worry it will be over soon!
Post # 25
fingers crossed that you will go into labor naturally! I was 8 days overdue and was induced so I really hope you don’t go that route, but I know you are so ready. I was very thankful for a baby that cooked a little longer because she was super strong and alert. You got this!
Post # 26
Am I ignorant to these matters? I had two kids and they came on the dates I was due BUT I would not have wanted to be induced. I feel like, the kid will come along no matter what so why do I have to have medical intervention?
Post # 27
medically they don’t want you to go too overdue because the placenta starts to age and there is a greater risk of stillbirth, meconium in the amniotic fluid, and fetal distress. My practice will induce after 41 weeks if baby still hasn’t arrived. It’s not like I WANT to be induced per se.
Post # 28
Oooh, interesting. Thanks for the info.