- 7 years ago
- Wedding: March 2010
My husband and I are expecting our first child, a girl, on 9/27. I’m 37 weeks.
So far, the pregnancy has not only been healthy, but largely uneventful. With the exception of a few unpleasantries, I’ve been feeling better than I ever imagined I might. So, I’m feeling extremely blessed to be where I am today.
One week ago I had my 36-week ultrasound, and yesterday I had my 37-week ultrasound. Last week, they took a measurement of the baby’s weight, which they said they wouldn’t be doing at future ultrasounds.
I know that ultrasound weights can be off by as much as a pound, but at 36 weeks, my baby measured at 7 pounds, 4 ounces. I’m 5’8″ and my husband is 5’9″. At birth we were both around 7 lb. So, we’re not tiny people. But at that measurement, the baby was 7 pounds and 4 ounces with 4 weeks to go. Yikes.
To complicate matters, I have a bleeding disorder which makes an epidural unsafe and more or less takes it off the table. Also, should a c-section be necessary for whatever reason, I will have to have general anesthesia, which increases my risk of internal hemorrhaging for up to 6 weeks after delivery. It also means I miss the birth and I miss seeing my husband meet our daughter, a thought that truly breaks my heart.
So, as you can imagine, my ideal birth plan is to deliver vaginally.
However, my big baby is throwing a bit of a wrench in the plan, as I understand that a big baby is sometimes reason enough for a c-section. So, the possible plan now is to get another weight at next week’s ultrasound and then probably schedule an induction for the week after, at 39 weeks. My OB doesn’t want to induce before 39 weeks, which is apparently now the industry standard.
So, my questions are for women who have had inductions.
1. What method of induction did you go through?
2. How soon after induction started did you deliver?
3. How do you think labor under induction differed from labor that might have started on its own?
4. Do you have any regrets or recommendations?
My goal all along was to deliver a healthy baby by any means necessary. In some ways, I think it might be nice to have a scheduled date so that it will help us better plan. But at the same time, I am, of course, concerned about the process and to some extent about medications. I’m also still concerned about delivering a very big baby at 39 weeks.
I could use a little reassurance! Many, many thanks.