40w 4d appt - discouraged

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Registered: 08-17-2010
40w 4d appt - discouraged
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Thu, 08-25-2011 - 11:44am

These weekly OB appts are no fun. I had mine yesterday, I'm still only 1 cm dilated - no real progress from last week. Which would be fine, except my stupid blood pressure spiked. I seriously thought the OB was going to send me to the hosptial straight from the appt to induce. I cried... she said they'd check it again because she knows how badly I don't want to be induced. Luckily when they checked it again at the end of the appt, it had come down enough that she felt comfortable sending me home with the promise that I would keep a very close eye on it at home.

It's beginning to seem like an induction is inevitable. I have one scheduled for the 31st, but was hoping to push it back if everything looked good. Unfortunately, I can't really push it back any further because I'll be 42 weeks next Saturday and they don't do inductions on weekends, plus because it's Labor Day weekend (ironic, right?) they can't schedule an induction on Monday. Which means the next available date would put me at 42+3 which is longer than the OB, and I quite frankly, are comfortable with. I know that the risks jump for everyone after 42 weeks and because of my borderline hypertension I'm more at risk.

I really don't want an induction, but I also obviously don't want to put myself or my baby at risk. I'm bummed that the all natural birth I've been preparing for and wanting so badly just may not happen. I'm still holding out a little hope that my bp will behave itself and I go into labor on my own sometime before I'm admitted for the induction on Tuesday night...

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Sat, 08-27-2011 - 4:01pm
Oh, Stormi, if either of my births have taught me anything it is that as much as you can plan ans wish and hope, our babies and bodies often have other plans. Keep the faith, stay strong and firm and knkw that whatever happens you tried your best. Maybe you just have stubborn babies like me. My first started labor a just as I got up to go to mui.duction at 41 and 2. This labor started as I got up to go to my c-section at 41 and 5. Go figure! But remember as with all parenting we canonly do the best we can with the cards we're dealt. :) You'll be great and we'll be here for you. Hope you're safe in the storm!
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Sat, 08-27-2011 - 2:42pm
Good luck and stay safe with that big hurricane! lay down, relax and try that accupressure on your hand when you are having bh's, worked great for me. :)

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Sat, 08-27-2011 - 11:54am
With my first I'd "picked" the date I knew she would be born. But when I got up on that day, I didn't feel like labor was imminent so decided I was wrong. And then she was born at 6 pm that evening afterall with just 5 hours of labor.

Don't be too discouraged. You really never know. And not feeling like labor is just around the corner means nothing.

Praying for the best for you...
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Registered: 08-17-2010
Sat, 08-27-2011 - 11:49am
Unfortunately not :-( I feel a lot if pressure & have bh contractions but nothing steady or consistent yet. It would be my luck that she'd decide to come sometime tonight though... That's when hurricane Irene is supposed to hit our area the hardest! I guess we'll see...
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Sat, 08-27-2011 - 3:29am
Any labor action? I've been thinking that I bet your baby is here by now :)

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Fri, 08-26-2011 - 11:53am

I understand how you feel. I also want my body to go into labor naturally. Today I am 40weeks 1 day. My doctor says if I do not go into labor by Tuesday (my next appt) we will induce on Wednesday or Thursday. I have the same feelings you do. I am scared more about the interventions that happen after pitocin...

Good luck to you and I hope your baby decides it's time to make an appearance soon, so you can focus on your new little one.

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Registered: 04-21-2004
Thu, 08-25-2011 - 6:53pm
I'm sorry :-( How high was it, exactly? I was induced twice for gestational hypertension, but my bp responded VERY well to bedrest. As long as I was horizontal, my bp was actually very low.
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Thu, 08-25-2011 - 4:35pm
major labor vibes for you!!! I went into labor on labor day weekend with my 2nd. It would be nice if labor and babies didn't have to be so unpredictable huh. a healthy baby is most important :) maybe I'm wrong but just don't have them break your water until you are in 100% labor....once water broke, no going back.

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Registered: 11-14-2007
Thu, 08-25-2011 - 4:08pm
Yeah, I hear you... I've had to be induced both times and I really wanted to go in labor on my own too. I know a little how you're feeling but you still have time :) Just plan something really special for this weekend and watch baby come, ha ha...
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Thu, 08-25-2011 - 2:52pm
I do plan on still trying to go unmedicated with the induction, it's just that the induction itself isnt natural. I really wanted to let my body go into labor when it is naturally ready & have that experience. I guess I'm trying to come to terms with the fact that I may not get to experience that. And I'm also concerned about the increased risk of further intervention that comes with induction, especially having a csection.

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