Post # 1
I went to my 39 week appt yesterday and my cervix is still very unfavorable. I am 1 cm dilated and not effaced at all. A direct quote from my OB: “Your cervix is not good” The baby is still very high. I am feeling pretty frustrated by this! I don’t mind going past my due date but am concerned because my sister had a baby in March. She was at 41w3d and her cervix only 1 cm, 50% effaced and she elected to have a c-section because he thought she would fail induction anyway. I really don’t a csection but don’t want to go through a failed induction first and end up in c-section anyway. I just wanted some stories, good and bad, of mamas who found themselves in a similar situation.
Post # 3
@amelieisme: From what I read, it really depends (doesn’t everything with pregnancy!) some women dialate slowly over several weeks, others go from 0-10cm in a matter of hours. Don’t sweat it too much. However, I would certainly push back against a doctor telling me that I *need* a c-section because he *thinks* I would fail an induction. That to me sounds rather ridiculous. I also don’t really think induction is necessary until you actually reach 42weeks, especially if you know for sure when you ovulated.
Post # 4
Thanks for responding! I do realize things can change quickly…just wanted to hear some stories to reassure me in what may end up being a 3 week wait. In my sister’s doctors defense, she was sort of on the fence about induction vs. c section in the first place. Another sister of ours had a baby 5 years ago that was induced at 38 weeks because of not growing well in utero and it was very hard on the baby. The baby died during delivery. I know it was an early induction ( and may not be the reason she died) but it has made us all quite leery of inductions. Anyway, I am just anxious for him to be here and healthy!
Post # 5
Induction is not somethign you should even worry abotu till 42 weeks and some people can even go longer than that so long as the placenta and baby are not in distress. I think women”s due dates really make us crazy and it’s a shame that doctors are pushed into more inductions or elective c-sections nowadays because it helps them avoid liability suits and clear their schedules on a weekday. I know i am gonna be going crazy if I take a while but babies have been coming forever on their own. I doubt your sister needed that c-section. She probably just needed to wait it out a bit longer or maybe her due date was off. Try to aim for at least 42 weeks if you can and i certianly would try an induction before i would go stright for the c-section. 39 weeks is normal for many women to not have progress yet and it can happen on a dime. I think the medical community has just gotten too lax with all of these inductions and c-sections. Sometimes we need them but it should really be last stiitch or for women with health problems. It’s a baby not mcdonalds.
WIshing you a healthy and easy pregnancy. Try not to worry because nothing will hinder your prgress worse than that. Most births turn out just fine.
Post # 6
This is so different for every woman. It’s very hard to say what your experience will be.
For me, Ineeded to be induced at 38w 4d because my baby was IUGR and I had hydronephrosis.
I went in and had cervical gel placed at 9am. I was not dialated at all. At 3pm I went in for a second dose of gel and was still not dialated at all. Not even a 1.
So I started walking and walking after the second dose of gel, and at 10pm my water broke and I went to 3cm. By 3am I was fully dialated. So 5 hours and I went from 0-10. lol
Never in my life did I expect to progress so fast. From water breaking to birth it was just over 6 hours.
Post # 7
I was 0 cm dilated and over 50% effaced with a high cervix at my 40 week appointment (I was 39 weeks 5 days). I was extremely disappointed and dreading being induced around 41 weeks 3 days.
I started having contractions on Wednesday morning at 6:45 and was 4-5 cm dilated and 90% effaced at around 3 that afternoon. My water broke around 4:45 and I had my baby at 7:48 that night. So I’m not sure how I wa before that day but it still moved incredibly fast for me, so fast even that I had no time for the epidural.