40 weeks, 3 days

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Hello my bloggy friends. It’s another day in paradise. At least as far as Pip’s concerned. His mommy, daddy, sisters, brother, grandparents, aunts and uncles sure are getting anxious to meet him though!

Just returned from the doctor and unfortunately now I have high blood pressure. What!! Yesterday at the hospital it was perfect. It’s not super super high but they checked it twice and it’s high enough that he’s still concerned about preeclampsia, therefore still wants to induce on Wednesday. Hubby and I were pretty adamant with him about our concerns with induction but given the high blood pressure I guess I can see where doctor is coming from too.

The good news is that I had bloody show this morning! Unfortunately no real regular contractions, but cramping is worse then it’s been. And I’m dilated! Ok, only to 1 but still, it’s a little progress. Doctor said Pip is still not low like he needs to be but my body is definitely getting ready. So hopefully I’ll still go into labor on my own before Wednesday morning. Belle is at her Grama’s this morning so I’m going to clean clean clean and maybe all that cleaning/walking will help. Don’t worry, I’m not that ambitious, I’ll probably take a nap too!

A few people have asked me why we don’t want to be induced. So I thought I would share a little more about that with you. Keep in mind I’m not a doctor or anywhere close to a medical professional. These are things we learned in our Bradley classes and by reading alot of books.

Like I’ve said before many women are induced and things turn out just fine. However there is obviously an upward trend in inductions because let’s face it, it is much more convenient. Even though I don’t want to be induced it will be nice to know that’s when we’re going in to have the baby. And of course it’s more convenient for the doctors.

Unfortunately with induction comes an increased chance of things we want to avoid. We would prefer to have a completely natural childbirth. Lord willing, I’ll be able to do this. With induction the contractions come faster and harder, thus the pain is worse, possibly increasing the need for pain meds.

There are also statistics to show that c-sections increase with induction. The reasoning for this is because the contractions come so much more harder and faster, the baby often seems as if he’s in distress or it can actually put the baby in distress. And that then leads to c-section which we’d prefer not to have to have.

Another reason we don’t want to be induced is because we would like to labor at home for as long as possible. Most hospitals have “time limits” on childbirth. They don’t allow the mother to labor naturally, even if the baby and mom are doing fine. If you go into the hospital without even beginning labor yet it’s pretty unlikely you’ll have the baby within the time limit which is usually 18-24 hours. If you haven’t had the baby within that time frame they want to give you something to speed up labor, which in turn makes contractions come harder and faster, which in turn can cause the baby to be in distress, which could lead to c-section.

Of course – all of this depends on the caregiver you have and the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy and birth. My doctor has been my doctor for 15 years and he is a Believer and we trust him. I wouldn’t say he’s “old school” in how he practices but he obviously does believe in doing inductions, breaking bag of water, etc. Things that we would prefer to allow to happen naturally. However, he did tell us today he’s usually trying to convince moms not to be induced so that was reassuring. We’ve went through our birth plan with him and preferences and now it’s just a matter of asking the right questions when he suggests things that we may not agree with. Sometimes they are necessary. It seems that in our case it does make sense to be induced and he has agreed to use a more natural method of induction as opposed to Pitocin so we’re thankful for that.

Regardless of what happens or how Little Pip gets here we are so thankful that we took the time to get educated. We don’t agree with everything that goes along with the Bradley Method but we have learned that we have rights and are smart enough to make alot of our own decisions. Although it can be stressful at times having to “argue” with a care provider, it’s very rewarding in taking control of your own care. So if you’re pregnant or hope to be pregnant anytime in the future that’s what I would encourage you to do. Get educated. Read all that you can about childbirth, the different techniques, traditions, etc, etc. A good movie to watch is The Business of Being Born by Rikki Lake (it does have some profanity in it). You’ll be very glad you did!

And finally, we know that every situation is different. We might or might not have to be induced. We might or might not need pain meds. We might or might not need a c-section. We are willing to do what we need to do for the best health of Little Pip and we are so very thankful we do have medical techniques available in the case that something does go wrong. No matter what the process is like, the end goal is of course delivering a healthy baby and everything else doesn’t really matter. However, like I said, we also have the right to make our own decisions regarding the birth of our baby and it’s good to be educated so we know what our options are!

Ok, off to clean my house and get some last minute things done before Pip comes. Thanks for checking in! We’ll keep you posted.


One thought on “40 weeks, 3 days

    Jenny said:
    December 15, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Can you tell I’m stalking you?? If I were to ever birth a baby, I’d do it the way you are planning! Hoping it happens soon for you!

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