Monday, March 22, 2010
OMG, Big Baby! (41 weeks & waiting)
My mom went with me to the ultrasound, so she's a little worried about the size, but told me to do what I want as long as I feel comfortable. I think she would choose a c-section in my situation, but she is being pretty supportive and understands that I'd rather take the risk of a big baby and possible tear than the certainty of a major surgery. She still doesn't think they should "let me go this long", but most babies in my family were induced and/or born early, so even a week post-dates seems like a long time. My sister was freaked out by the size, and was just like "you need to have a c-section now!", but I just told her the risk of surgery was more serious to me than the chance that the baby may be big, and that the hospital would be able to do a section pretty fast if it ended up being necessary. Most of my friends think I'm sort of nuts for even considering a natural birth, but I am mostly getting support, encouragement, and offers of help.
I am still only about 1cm dilated, and not very effaced, but he has moved down into my pelvis some. My midwife stripped my membranes a little when she checked, with my permission, and said we'll probably do the same thing on Thursday if I haven't had him, depending on how things look. I want to give it at least another week of watching and waiting, but am hoping I go into labor soon just so other people's concerns don't rub off and cause me to be stressed out and tense during birth. I still feel like everything's good, and there's a reason he's growing and hasn't come yet, but I can also use some baby/labor vibes and good thoughts sent my way right now. :)
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