Tuesday, February 16, 2010

40 weeks, 2 days (or 3 if you ask the OB)

The appointment went well today. I am unfortunately still only 2 cm dilated and 50% effaced, which is shocking considering the amount of contractions I am having. Last night, we actually timed them at every 5 minutes, lasting over a minute each for over an hour. This is usually when they say to call and go in to L&D. However, they just weren't painful enough. We decided to go to bed. I was awoken 2 times with very painful contractions, but that was it. We thought that would get us a little movement in the cervix area...but no such luck. Oh well.

However, we got a sonogram which showed the world's cutest little tushy tucked under my right ribcage. Teagan is measuring at about 7.3 lbs right now, which they say is perfect. The measurements are give or take a pound...so she is anywhere from 6.3 to 8.3, but they are thinking on the smaller side of that...around 7 lbs. They measured her head, her belly and her femur, and all came back at somewhere around 37 weeks, which is in the normal range and not big...yay for me! So, those dreams I have been having of carrying around an 11 pounder were totally wrong! They fetal non-stress test went well and she looks healthy and safe in there for now.

The doctor discussed possibly inducing but said that there is no real reason at this point since she looks good and healthy in there. She said she'd be willing to if I absolutely wanted it but I am uncomfortable with the idea of inducing when I am only 50% effaced and 2cm dilated. It seems that when your body isn't terribly ready to give birth, inducing greatly increases your chances of having complications and eventual c-section. So, Brett and I are going to be patient (or pretend to be). We have another appointment on Monday, when I will be 41 weeks, 2 days. If I don't go by then, I am sure my doctor will set us up with an induction date ASAP since our conception date really is set in stone thanks to IVF and placentas do not last forever. I really really do hope that we go before then.

I am seriously trying some of the labor induction techniques...eating spicy food, drinking red raspberry leaf tea, walking a lot....but nothing. So, here we wait.

12 comments:

Jill M. said...

I see you're still hanging in there! Sending you some more labor vibes. =)

Not Your Aunt B said...

Thinking of you. Hope the little lady is here soon!

Kate said...

Sounds like you'll go on your own before next week's appointment. Hope your baby picks the due date!

Sky said...

I think you'll give birth before 41 weeks and 2 days. She's gotta be itching to get out by now. :)

PJ said...

I'm so freakin' excited about how close you are! YAYYYY!

lastchanceivf said...

Arrrgggh, you're on the final 100 yards of a marathon journey and I know you are so ready to cross this finish line. Hang in there!
PS my word verification is "ledge" so I hope you're not out on one :)

Hope in Virginia said...

Baby is just too darn comfortable in there!

Barefoot said...

Sending you good labor vibes - it sounds like you're on your way! And if it makes you feel any better, I was only 1cm and 50% effaced when I was induced, and squeezed that puppy out right quick. So it doesn't have to be terrible.

Anonymous said...

My doctor suggested having sex to bring on labor. I can't say that I tried it. I did not feel to sexy at that point.

Lost in Space said...

Come on out, Teagan!!! It's time! It's time!

Hope you are hanging in there, Sue.

Rebecca said...

Delurking to mention: I know a million people will say not to do this, but I did it when I was in your exact spot (a few days overdue, steady but unproductive contractions). I put a very small spoonful of castor oil in root beer and sucked it back with a straw. I had no diarrhea or cramping or anything, just real labor a few hours later. I think the arguments against it are when women take too much. Anyway just a thought. I keep checking your blog every day to see if Teagan is here!

Kris said...

I am getting anxious and can't wait for Teagan to make her appearance!