Went for my 38 wk. checkup today. Dr. did cervical exam and said I am barely a fingertip dilated and ~ 30-40% effaced. So, not much happening, but he said regardless, I could go into labor tonight, or 2 wks from now...Also, baby is head-down, but not yet descended.
This morning I thought my water was going to break. I felt a quick pop/knock feeling way down low in my pelvis. I thought for sure my water was about to burst. I braced myself, but nothing happened. Still... nothing... no leaking or contractions or cramping. It felt exactly like what I felt like right before my water broke with Julia, but no water. Dr. said as long as I'm not leaking any fluid or cramping etc. not to worry, prob. just the baby shifting position. Maybe it was baby shifting or dropping, but I'm starting to get the feeling that he is going to be here soon.... (when I was pregnant with Julia and got that feeling she was born that weekend...)
I'm still hanging here - I thought for sure I was going to have the baby this weekend, but nothing happened. My family had a shower for me today and I'm glad that the baby held out for it. We got so many nice things - I feel so much more prepared now. There's a full moon tonight and I just read on one of my birth boards that the full moon can bring on labor if you're close to your due date (who knows, probably an old wives tale... we'll see..) I'm really tired now - I'm going to watch the Phillies game and try to get some sleep.
I can't believe my ticker is reading "only 6 days to go"....I went for another NST today. Baby passed with flying colors. I went upstairs to the L&D dept. for a fluid check again too. Fluid measured 14 this time. So everything looks good - the baby has been moving around like crazy too - he feels so big to me - much bigger than I remember Julia feeling. Julia was 6 lb. 10 oz. and 19 inches long when she was born and she was born at 38w2d. I was getting the feeling tonight that maybe baby would decide to come tonight, so ... who knows. I go tomorrow for my 39 wk. appt. Hopefully I have made some progress - if not I suppose I will talk to the doctor about induction options. I reallly would like it if I went into labor naturally. Although my water broke on it's own with Julia, no contractions started, so I needed to be induced with pitocin. The contractions were excruciating and my hope is that was because of the pitocin and maybe it won't be as bad if I don't need the pitocin? (wishful thinking I'm sure...). But, I don't think they will let me go more than one wk. past my due date, and I really don't even want to go that far. It just brings on a whole new set of potential problems (meconium, baby being too big, needing c-section......). We'll see - I'll post update tomorrow.
Just got back from my 39 wk. checkup. Cervical exam results were: 75% effaced, 1 cm dilated and baby at -1 station. So, things are progressing. Baby was at -3 a week ago, so he has moved down some. Although I don't feel tremendous amount of pressure, I have noticed in the last few days more pressure down there (kinda feeling like I have to go to the bathroom alot). If I don't go into labor on my own, I am already on the schedule to be induced 6/22 (due date is 6/15).
Well, tomorrow is my due date and baby still has not arrived. I thought for sure it was going to happen yesterday - I was feeling on and off menstrual-like cramping all day. But...nothing has happened and today I felt less cramping. It really feels like he is running out of room in there. I'm not feeling the kicking like I was before, but I can feel and see his whole body roll around in there. Yesterday, his butt must have been facing out. I could feel the hard lump of his body pushing outward, right in the center of my abdomen. I really hope he hasn't flipped - he has been doing some sort of acrobats in there that is making me uncomfortable and kinda hurts a little. The weirdest thing yesterday, after I got out of the bath, I looked in the mirror and I could see all of the veins in my body, from my shoulders down - it kinda freaked me out a little - I could see all of the blue veins, like a road map - I almost looked bruised. But, I've read this is normal during pregnancy so I'm not worried about it- it was just sort of scary, because it never looked this pronounced before. Julia and DH both have colds. Julia has had one for about 5 days and is getting over it. DH just started coming down with it today, and it's hitting him pretty hard. I've been feeling like I'm fighting one - hopefully I'll beat it and it won't get the better of me. Not good timing at all for any of us to be sick. I really want to have this baby, but maybe it is better if he holds out a little longer until we are all feeling better. Tomorrow I have a NST and fluid check - hope all goes well - then, the following day I have an OB appt. (if nothing happens before then....). Julia turned 2 on Friday - can't believe my baby girl is 2. We took her out to eat and had a little cake and sung happy birthday. (Even though we already celebrated her bday, it didn't feel right not to do anything on her actual day...)
40weeks/Today is my Due Date!!
My due date has arrived, but my dear little baby hasn't yet. It's ~ 3:30 in the afternoon now, so it's unlikely it will happen today. NST and fluid check went well today. Fluid is still hovering around 12-13. Baby was very active and had reactive HR. Tomorrow I will see my OB...hopefully something is happening in there!
Still no baby... Cervix was still ~75% effaced & baby at -1 station - dilated to just about 2 cm. Yesterday was my last OB appt. before delivery - 5 more days until induction. I will go for one more NST and fluid check on Friday, then induction on Monday (assuming nothing happens beforehand...). I'm feeling pretty tired the last few days - I've kept very busy the whole pregnancy, so I'm not feeling guilty at all about just taking it easy and not doing much.
Ok, kinda gross, but I think I just lost my plug - I went to the bathrooom and when I wiped there was globs and globs of mucousy/gelatinous goop. I know people can lose their plug and go on being pregnant for weeks, but I'm wondering if, since I'm already overdue if this means labor is coming....Oh boy, I'm a little nervous. I'm only 4 days away from my induction date, but it's still kinda scary...