Today is going to be an awesome day. Why? M. has the day off speech therapy and I have no doctors’ appointments! What a great way to celebrate hitting 39 weeks! Know what would be an even better way to celebrate 39 weeks? Having this baby!
I wasn’t in a rush before. I really don’t mind being pregnant, especially because this is definitely our last biological child. I also feel incredibly lucky to have made it to 39 weeks. Who thought that was going to happen? Not me! While I occasionally feel like a squishy manatee, I love my big belly and I’m really going to miss it.
But my OB lied again. He’d promised that I wouldn’t need an induction/c-section just because I hit 41 weeks. Then on Tuesday he told me he doesn’t want me going past 40.5 weeks and next week we’ll need to schedule my foley catheter induction or c-section. Why? No reason. That’s just what he feels safer doing. It has nothing to do with Smudge (whose last 4 or 5 NSTs and AFIs have been called “perfect”) or me (whose blood pressure is still a gorgeous 110/60 on average).
My back is killing me…I have to use a wheelchair to get around the store. I’m really excited to meet this little guy. I’m not agreeing to getting induced at 40.5 weeks just because I hit 40.5 weeks though. I want to wait till at least 41 weeks before looking at stripping my membranes. I’m prepared to argue with my OB next week but dreading it. My understanding is that foley cath inductions are not as effective as pitocin inductions (which I can’t have, doing VBAC) and with all the Marfan risks associated with surgery I don’t want to be pushed into a c-section without cause.
So, please join me in wishing this baby out before my next appt. (the 9th). I’ll be passing this week by taking walks and eating as much pineapple as I can stomach. If you have any simple natural induction suggestions, please leave them in the comments! (Note: I know about evening primrose oil, raspberry leaf tea, and the cohoshes, but all are contraindicated with my medications.)