Bevause I've been told that I am at increased risk of placental problems in late pregnancy due to low PAPP-A hormone, so am not willing to go heavily overdue. We lost a baby at 20 weeks last year for the same reason, and am very anxious about risking anything happening to this one. Growth scans suggest everything is ok at present but am still anxious. An induction or caesarian has been booked for 41+1, to be decided on the day. I'm currently 40+1 so may not need it, I'm just considering my options. My cervix is still high, firm and only 1cm dilated (although I am aware a lot can change in a week!). I'd prefer a VBAC (my eldest son was a caesarian due to being footling breech, the baby we lost was delivered vaginally). But am happy to have a C section if they decide it's safer, or if breaking my waters is not an option. I'd just prefer to have a planned one, rather than bevause of failure to progress, IYSWIM?
I had this and I completely forgot that my midwife advised me to have an epidural put in because it was painful. Slight understatement 0cm to delivery in less than 3 hours no pain relief gas and air was a joke and anyway was all a bit too quick ! Still I got what I wanted natural quick delivery in water and fealing like I did 10 rounds with Tyson the next day a mere inconvenience lol
It's certainly a much more natural way to go, if you can avoid that drip (of pure evil) syntocinon all power to you. I'm sorry I'm not a vbac lady, but I certainly know how grim a full induction is if you can at all avoid it.
Parsley that's reassuring, although I'll take the epidural advice on board! My big fear is that they will rupture my membranes and nothing will happen for ages, and I'll end up in early labour for hours before a C/S for failure to progress. I know they don't like you to go more than 24 hours with ruptured membranes. I don't know how likely that is, though. I got to 5-6cm with DS1 before they discovered he was breech and I needed a C/S, and that happens over about 10 hours, so I don't think that's too bad for a first labour?
Thanks Daysleeper. They won't use syntocin or prostaglandins for a VBAC, as it increases the risk of the scar rupturing (it's a tiny risk, but it basically doubles it). So it will be rupturing of membranes and hoping for the best. Urgh. I wish I could just go into labour by myself! I've got a week.
Ah, I never knew that spanielface, best of luck for your next sweep x
Hopefully that and membrane breaking will give your baby a few hints. I believe you can go up to 72 hours, but 24 is a standard guide - push them, they can't pin you down you do have a choice, I'd certainly be comfortable waiting 48 hours or so without feeling irresponsible.
I had the drip with my 5th baby who was also an attempted vbac but I wasn't allowed to have the pessary. Waters had already gone though (the reason for induction in the first place) so they couldn't use that as an induction method.
I refused this on the grounds that my 1st vbac started spontaneously with waters going and my induction which ended in emcs the waters went of own accord pretty early. I felt if my body was ready to do it, it would and if it wasn't this would hust result in stress, pain and dashed hopes. I had a sweep at 38+1 (elcs booked for 38+6) and ds4 arrived on 38+2 less than 24 hrs later so i thankfully didn't break open the castor oil bought straight after the sweep!