Someone just posted this on my BB, I thought it was worth sharing:
I'm guilty. We started actively trying to get Daniel to come at 36 weeks, 4 days (he came the next day). After 8 weeks of 6-10 contractions/hour, 6 "false start" trips to L&D (I was sent home from the hospital 7.5 cm dilated because I still wasn't in active labor), with a genetic history of "well-baked" early babies, with a baby measuring well head... I was ready to be done. We went on walks and DTD to hopefully get labor going, and it worked- or worked well enough for me to let them AROM. Had I gone much sooner I would have moved on to castor oil. At 36 weeks, 5 days, he was a 7 lb, 11 ounce, very healthy "premie".
But OH, how I regret it! Yes, he was healthy (though some jaundice), yes I had a fairly good labor experience (though back labor with a bad tear)... but now I always get to wonder what might have been if I had let nature take its course.
It's the ONE thing I am changing about how I approach this pregnancy. "I WILL be patient" is my new mantra. This baby gets to choose when it comes. Even if it means I get 9 or 10 weeks of prodromal labor and bedrest. Even if I become the first woman in my family to go full term. This baby will come when he or she is ready!
I remember when you had Daniel, I know that you were having a lot of trouble and pain.
I'm just really scared to have a premie.
Last edited by stercry; 05-28-2010 at 08:35 PM.