I hope everything goes well. And I agree, she could come anytime now before your induction date. And I too also keep thinking about the pain of the whole labor and delivery process but I keep reminding myself that it's only temporary and plus woman have done this for years so if all of these other women can give birth, I can do it too. And your pain tolerance may be different from other women. It may have hurt like crap for some women but you may find it not as bad. I will definilty keep you in my prayers. Not much longer at all until you will be holding your baby girl in your arms
You will be totally fine with an induction. Actually I know more people that were induced than not. I think its great that you have light at the end of the tunnel. This pregnancy has been soooooo rough for you. You need to be holding your little girl already!
I will keep my fingers crossed that she comes before induction date though.
Hugs, Jessica. I also know a friend who was induced and everything went fine for her, she got an epidural and had a vaginal delivery with no problems. You also do still have time that baby may decide to come on her own before then. Whatever ends up happening, you will get through it and you will have your sweet little girl to enjoy very soon! And hopefully your DH will sound more excited once he has had a chance to absorb an actual date-I know even for myself this baby is kind of an abstract concept and I'm the one carrying her and feeling her kick, lol! Having a firm date would make it seem that much more real-even though I know in theory she could come anytime, if I knew for sure that she WOULD be coming by X day and no later, I would suddenly feel like I had a deadline or something.
Don't think the worst! It's good that you're okay with the "worst" that could happen but don't think it will! And yes, she might even come on her own before that because you will be about 40.5 weeks by then. Seems like lots of babies come between 40 and 41 weeks (mine both did). So hopefully your body will be more ready by then at least and respond well to the Cervadil.
Good luck girl!!
I'll add another positive induction story...
With my first, I was induced at 40w1d due to pre-e. I was pretty much where you are...maybe 1/2 cm dilated, hard & high cervix but she HAD to come out ASAP so I didn't have a choice. I went in at 9 pm and low and behold, my cervix had magically softened enough that they decided to skip cervadil and just start pitocin (not that it would've made a huge difference, just sped up the process a bit). Loooong night, failed first epidural, finally got that fixed and then by 11 am I was ready to push. An hour of pushing later, baby! Woohoo!
With my second, my doc gave me the option of induction as I had a "favorable" cervix but was only 1 cm at past my EDD yet again. I'd been having horribly painful contractions for 2 1/2 weeks that obviously weren't doing anything and it was getting difficult for me to take care of my DD so I went for it. Went in at 7 am, pitocin and epidural started at 8 (yeah they did them back to back so no more painful contractions...it was great), fully dilated by 2, baby here by 2:15. My body seemed to just need a "kick start" that time because apparently they didn't have to turn up the pitocin very much.
Anyway...glad to hear you have a light at the end of the tunnel. Inductions have their place IMO and you are officially DUE which makes it very different than someone who is say 38 weeks trying to get doc to agree to inducing. Hopefully she'll come before, but if not, things will likely go just fine