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|Tue, 12-29-2009 - 4:07pm|
I am in need of some major vbac support. I am due December 31st with my second child. Today's doctor appointment was like the last three, baby is still up high, cervix very high and tightly closed. Today doctor let me know he was getting a bad feeling about me being able to go into labor on my own and worried the further we go the larger the baby is getting. I am measuring 40 cm today but I do look pretty large! He is leaning toward induction (with pitocin) when I hit 41 weeks but if I elected to go straight to C-section that option is mine. I declined membrane sweeping today. Next week I may elect to go ahead with that. I switched to this doctor at 36 weeks because he is known to be vbac and hypnobirthing friendly and I was getting bad vibes from my previous obgyn group.
With my previous pregnancy my water broke at 39 weeks after a stressful vaginal exam (I was closed and baby was high up), a visit to the hospital to monitor blood pressure, etc. My son was sunny side up and even with pitocin his head never really applied appropriate pressure to my cervix. At 21 hours I had made it to 6 cm and ended up with a C-section.
Don't some women go from closed to in labor quickly? Is there something "wrong" because my baby is still not low and engaged 2 days before my due date? I am really starting to wonder if this baby is also sunny-side up and that is why it is not decending. How far do I go before I worry about my fluid levels decreasing? (that will be checked next week) or the baby growing too large? (I don't even believe that regularly happens!)
I feel everyone is losing hope. Everyone is calling to see if the baby is here yet. Everyone I know has been induced before or on their due date. No one believes a body can still go into labor on it's own. My mother had me at 43 weeks and my brother at 41.5 weeks. I am starting to lose my faith is all of this. My uterus is contracting stronger and more often. I also notice when I first stand up I definately feel a head in my pelvis, it just isn't always there.
I am drinking red rasberry tea, eating eggplant parm tonight, dtd, etc. Any words of wisdom will be really helpful. I just don't want to quit before I give my body a chance.