Not anything too exciting going on. I did have her do the membrane sweep yesterday, but nothing has really happened. I've not had any more contractions than usual, but I have had some bloody mucous today. I really don't want to have to work a 12 hour shift tomorrow, so tonight would be a great night for labor to kick in!
My next appointment is Monday because that's the only day I could get in. I'll be a day shy of 40 weeks, then the following week I won't go til I'm 41.5 weeks. Which means if I don't have much progress on Monday, it'll probably be decision time. She said they generally don't like VBAC patients to go past 41 weeks, but that we could try breaking my water as a form of induction if I don't go into labor on my own. She said a little bit of Pit would be ok, but then I'd have to have an internal monitor and one intervention leads to another (in her words). Which I guess is better than a c/s, but I really want to avoid all that if possible.
Wish there was something I could do to evict this baby.
Just try to go with your gut. Really... what's the difference in a uterus at 41 weeks compared to a few days later? Placentas do start to calcify a little, etc. that late in the game, but that has nothing to do with a vbac birth... it happens to everyone!
You're right that a gentle induction is better than a scheduled section (I would have made the same choice), but the best bet is letting things happen on their own. Have you considered a NST and ultrasound to check the placenta rather than agreeing to set an indution?
DD - Nov/06, DS - Sept/08, DS - Mar/11
Would your doc consider a balloon catheter or cervadil induction? Starting with breaking your water puts you on a clock...plus if I'm remembering you tested GBS positive, so it doesn't really make sense to me to open up your uterus to the possibility of infection if you don't have to, KWIM?
I recommend you try as many natural induction techniques as you can before going in for medical induction. Hopefully you'll go into labor on your own before 41 weeks and you won't have to worry about it.
She hasn't brought up induction, I asked her if we could go that route before c/s and that's what she said. I really hope it won't come down to that... I'm just worried that she'll want to set a date to decide by. I don't know about the balloon catheter - that's a good option for VBAC if I recall correctly. But Cervadil raises the risk of rupture by quite a bit, so that's not an option.
I lost my mucus plug today! I know it could mean labor is still a week or more away, but it gives me hope. I never lost it til I was in labor with my first two. I can't believe how much stuff came out. Not exactly what I pictured when I heard about the "mucus plug". Sporadic contractions, and I'm hoping by tomorrow night I'll be in labor.
sorry I've been so mia. I'm just catching up on your lodge. the loss of your plug sounds VERY promising! if you dont go into labor tonight, I bet a sweep at your appt on Monday would do the trick to get things going!
Molly & Elton 10/2/04
Mary 5/24/06, Celia 6/9/09
Baby #3 due 6/21/13
Woohoo for mucous plug!
DD - Nov/06, DS - Sept/08, DS - Mar/11
I knew cytotec increased the risk of uterine rupture, but I didn't know cervadil did. I just did some research and learned that it does. I am always learning new things. In the research I just did, I can see the logic in using low dose pitocin because you can turn it down or off if the contractions are too strong, but you can't do that with cervadil. I can also see that rupturing your membranes before starting pit might make sense because if that is enough, that's all you have to do, but if you need the pit then if the water is broken you can use an internal pressure monitor to get a better reading of the strength of the contractions from the pitocin. It's a very slippery slope, though.
yay for losing your plug! That's a good sign!
I'm curious it we have a baby?! It's been a while since we saw you here, hope all is well.
She posted on the June board last night, so I don't think anything's happened yet -- at least not as of 7:15 last night. I hope something happens for you soon so that you've got a better chance at a successful VBAC!