On my due date we had scheduled an elective induction, I made this decision for a couple reasons but it really came down to childcare for the boys and not taking more time than necessary off of work. The plan was that the hospital would call after 5am on Monday 7/22... We dropped the boys with Tall Grandma the night before and settled in, both Muscle Man and I hardly slept. 5am came and went.. WAITING!! WAITING!! I called the hospital at 6:45am, they said I was second on the list and that they were very busy..
We sat around the house ALL DAY waiting for the call. This was SUPER frustrating!! I called my Dr's office and the hospital again. Finally around 3pm they said we could come in at 7pm. Having been away from the boys all day we went to visit them for a while.
Got checked in at the hospital and had the first TINY dose of Cytotec at about 9:30PM. It did nothing! Tall Sister, Muscle Man and I did what we could to pass the time. Eventually we settled in to sleep. I got the second bigger dose at about 1:30AM and thought for sure it would do something.. It didn't!! Baby's heartbeat was good so I tried to sleep more.
Seemed like we waited forever for the next step. They began Pitocin the next morning. Again NOTHING!! Wow!! I could not believe that I was feeling no contractions. I had read a lot about inductions and the risks, etc. but nowhere did I recall seeing that it may not work.
At about 1:30PM I was starting to think that we should stop, clearly baby was not ready.. There was some confusion on who my nurse was as one had gone to lunch...they called my Dr., a lady came in with the table for delivery?!?! I found this very annoying, we were trying to decide if I was going home and someone brings in the delivery stuff, UGH!! My Dr. had the Dr. on call come in to check me. The Tall strong gal started talking about breaking my water, which I was TOTALLY against, I had not had one real contraction, there was no way I was going to let her do that. After checking me it was clear that baby girl was not moving toward the station to be able to deliver. We all decided it was time for me to head home.
We had to wait 1 hour and monitor the baby while the Pitocin left my system. I felt horrible guilt for putting my body and baby through all of that. I started crying and could hardly stop. We headed home about 3pm.
That was Tuesday, now it is Thursday and I am not feeling great. My body went through a lot so it is hard to tell if I am still recovering from that or if this is the early stages of real labor. Time will tell.
|Monday- 40 weeks Pregnant|
Pregnancy Week 40:
Miles Run Pregnant: 225 total, done running at about 30 weeks.
Miles Walked Pregnant: I have not walked much, have heard mixed things about walking. Right now it is painful so I am resting mostly.
Weight Gained: 33 pounds total. Which is amazing!!
Current Cravings: the only thing that sounded good when we left the hospital was KFC boneless wings, they tasted AMAZING. I also am loving Velveeta shells and cheese macaroni.
Current Aversion: Nothing really, but also not much sounds good.
Baby Likes: Baby girl likes it when I lay on my left side, this was very clear in the hospital when I was on the heart rate monitor. I told the staff that she would calm down once I switched positions and it worked.
Baby Dislikes: At this point I think she dislikes getting into position to be born.
Excitement: Her Birth!! When????
Gripes: Hormones. Feeling Guilt for my decisions. Failed induction. Feeling judged. Going past my due date.
Purchases: Gifts from the baby to her big brothers for in the hospital.
So there you have it. Due date +3 and not sure when baby will come into the world. In case you are curious we have tried SEVERAL natural induction methods.
(Rumored) Ways to Naturally Induce Labor:
Sitting on a medicine ball
Being on all 4's on the ground
Drinking Raspberry Leaf Tea
Stimulation of upper region
And on and on
I don't eat spicy food so that it out
I may try to get a massage or reflexology today or tomorrow
Thanks to everyone for the well wishes! Will keep you posted.