Musings of a Marfan Mom

39 Week Update

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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.)

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  1. I will ask my friend for her brownie or cookie recipe that is supposed to induce labor. She ate them and her water broke the next morning!

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    Ashley Reply:

    OOh! That is my dream come true!!! Brownies that start labor…woohoo! Forget my suggestions, Maya – do this one!

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    marfmom Reply:

    Whoa. If I can induce labor by eating junk food…!!!!

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  2. So… um… I’m certain you’ve head this one too, but I’ve heard ‘relations’ with your husband can help! Semen serves to soften the cervix and the female orgasm can help produce contractions. *blush* can’t believe I just typed all that on a public page. Just trying to help!!! :) And yes – walk walk walk woman! :) I’m rooting for you!

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  3. I was told that drinking root beer helps. I can’t understand why but I drank root beer and 24 hours later Savannah was born.

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    marfmom Reply:

    I wonder if flat rootbeer will work, since I can’t do carbonation? I am going to investigate, thanks!

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  4. Food with oregano and a loooong pedicure! I’m sure you’ve checked out the acupressure sites? You can get your ctx going by applying pressure between your first finger and thumbs and also on the back of your leg, just above your heel. http://www.givingbirthnaturally.com/acupressure-to-induce-labor.html Good luck!!! Hoping it happens soon!

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  5. Sex. Semen works the same as Cervidil (but gentler), and your orgasm can trigger ctx.

    Of course, *nothing* will send you into labor if you and especially the baby aren’t ready!

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  6. Woo hoo! Happy 39! Stick to your guns with the induction.

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  7. Lots of walking worked for me.

    Wishing you a fast and healthy delivery!!

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  8. Congrats on reaching 39 weeks! Here’s hoping baby comes soon to alleviate all the issues… But glad you’re sticking to your plans.

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  9. I had the foley catheter procedure but was told that it was only to ripen my cervix, that there was a slight chance I would go into labour which I didn’t. I had to have to pitocin. I hope the foley does it for you (if it’s even necessary) but the best thing would be for you to just go naturally.

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    marfmom Reply:

    Yah I have read before that it only works well at inducing labor after 42 weeks… :-/

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  10. Come on, baby, the world (and your mama) is ready for you!

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  11. Chilli peppers. I ate loss of chillies the night before Polly came, literally a pizza with loads & loads of sliced jalapenos. Also, scrub the kitchen floor, my grandma would say. Good luck!

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  12. I second scx, spicy food and lots of walking. But it was also asparagus that got me going :) good luck!

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  13. I’m sending lots of good thoughts your way. You are almost there and you are going to have an amazing, and smooth, birth. Hopefully very soon.
    I thought of you as I met with my Marf-specialist cardiologist today. He says my carrying twins is going to give him even more grey hairs. But he’s really supportive of my wish to avoid a C-section and is going to push for a vaginal assisted birth with my OBGYN, who seems to already be onside with me.
    I will admit, after reading of your experiences I’ve been reminding my team at every meeting of what I want. I may be a broken record, but they aren’t going to be surprised at my wishes 6 months from now.

    Take care of yourself, M. and smudge. You are ready for this and it will go well.

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