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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.


Cara

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Registered: 08-23-2006
In reply to: travismom2007
Wed, 12-30-2009 - 9:37am

I wouldn't lose hope; it's obvious that your family carries babies longer than typical.

Lilypie


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In reply to: travismom2007
Wed, 12-30-2009 - 11:52am

Hang in there-- there's absolutely nothing strange about not being ready to go into labor at 39 weeks, especially since you

-Sarah, mom to Melissa Jeanne, born 9/4/07, and baby boy, due 4/9/10

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In reply to: travismom2007
Wed, 12-30-2009 - 10:13pm

If you suspect or wonder if baby is OP (sunny side up) you can check out spinningbabies.com, which has information on how to assess your baby's position and how to get him into optimal position for birthing.

Wishing you the best

Elaine

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In reply to: travismom2007
Thu, 12-31-2009 - 7:31am

I could have written that post, you know. No sign of labor, Doctor saying how unlikely; let's schedule an induction. I went into labor the next day and was done in 4 hours.

Really, the only thing that's different this week is that you know you didn't go into labor before the 360th day. There is no other new information on "probabilities"

Cthulu Crochet



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Registered: 04-18-2009
In reply to: travismom2007
Thu, 12-31-2009 - 9:57am

Hi Cara,


I'm glad you found us!

Rose 


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Registered: 04-09-2007
In reply to: travismom2007
Thu, 12-31-2009 - 11:42am

Thanks so much. I feel a lot better. I decided to go to a chiropractor (never have been in my life) because maybe my alignment is encouraging less than idea positioning. Chiropractor seems to think that one of my hips is currently riding higher than the other (which has been the same side that does ache) and is causing my pelvis to be tilted some. It may or may not be causing the baby to not rest in a lower more ideal position. It seems like it is OP at times and sometimes facing my right hip from what I have gathered from spinning babies.


I have decided no induction and to let my body do what it is suppossed to do. If by 41.5 weeks or whatever my comfort level is I will go for a C-section. I really just want to be left alone. My doctor is worried about the size issue but I am not. I am 5' 4 inches and my son was 8 lbs 1 oz. I have faith that if this baby were to get 9 lbs, my body will birth it anyways. On Monday he is going to ultrasound in his office to measure fluid levels. He did research which showed decreased fluid levels after 41 weeks. I feel subjectively he will measure my fluid levels low. I will ask for a referal for a higher tech ultrasound with an ultrasound technician to confirm low fluids so their is no bias.


He is open to whatever I request as long as it is not dangerous. He asked permission for the membrane stripping and seemed to respect my wishes. He does say some things that seem stressful to a pregnant woman!


I really think when the contractions do start I will at least initially be so thankful for them!

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Registered: 04-18-2009
In reply to: travismom2007
Sun, 01-03-2010 - 1:10pm
Good luck at your appointment tomorrow, Cara.

Rose