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Induction on Monday if no joy before then

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berolina Thu 20-Sep-07 15:26:43

40+6 today and very little sign of anything at all happening. Hospital this morning, thorough scan etc., baby doing very well but they don't want me to go further than 40+10. I thought anything would happen other than having to be induced hmm have been anticipating this baby since, oh, about 36 weeks and the idea of Giving Birth is getting very surreal. It's been such a long haul of a pregnancy (all placenta problems happily resolved) and I'm not coping very well at all with the anxiety (that's another thread, though).

Any spare labour vibes in this direction please

JackieNo Thu 20-Sep-07 15:28:23

Sending vibessmile. Am shock that it's that time already - it's whizzed by (though maybe rather less so for yougrin).

berolina Thu 20-Sep-07 15:32:53

Thank you

This was on the cards but I am probably going to have to labour alone The only person who is near enough and we could countenance having ds is due herself on Monday. (ds is not used enough to anyone else except ILs, and for a number of reasons we can't leave him alone with them).

I'm actually quite scared.

VeniVidiVickiQV Thu 20-Sep-07 15:34:02

why not past 40+10?

JackieNo Thu 20-Sep-07 15:34:04

sad. I can understand that. Hope you can have a lovely midwife with you.

berolina Thu 20-Sep-07 15:35:00

They are not sure that the environment might be starting to deteriorate, VVV, although baby is absolutely fne atm.

(turtle is in the post, btw )

Peachy Thu 20-Sep-07 15:38:56

Ooh poor you sad, giving birth alone is a scenario here as well and I am not so hoping it doesn't become a relaity.

As for the birth itself, have had 3 births one induced and the induced one was fine, don't worry.

Sending labour vibes.......

berolina Thu 20-Sep-07 15:42:43

Thanks for the reassurance when are you due again?

Peachy Thu 20-Sep-07 15:55:31

Next (LAST) one due April so a while to go yet LOL, have had one induced early, one a week earlya nd one a week alte- so will be running a book on delivery date grin closer to the time....

mosschops30 Thu 20-Sep-07 16:04:08

berolina can I just say that I dreaded being induced and held on unitl 40+15 but eventually had to give in.
It was a very pleasant experience and much better than my spontaneous labour.

Good luck and I hope all goes well smile

aikigypsy Thu 20-Sep-07 16:10:22

They like to induce here at 40+10, too, which I think is a bit rushed. Can they check your placenta? I know it's possible, but not all hospitals will have the expertise to do it (I think they just use an ultrasound machine).

Four days is a pretty good amount of time. I hope the baby decides to come out without too much fuss before Monday!

Mrsjaffabiffa Thu 20-Sep-07 18:26:41

Induction doesn't have to be horrible, I had an amazing induction with my second at 41+4, it was quick easy and with no more intervention than the drugs to start me off. It was so good that I planned an induction for my third who was born in May, hmm I didn't get that far though, she decide to arrive very quickly on her own at 39+5.

good luck, get eating pineapple and lots of hmmmm you know what if you can bear it. wink

berolina Thu 20-Sep-07 21:08:42

Thank you everyone. Aiki, according to the scan today the placenta is beginning to show gritty spots - which I know needn't be bad in itself.

Have been scaring myself with 'research' on the risks of induction and thinking letting baby take his time is probably preferable. Trouble is, I also want this baby out because the longer the pregnancy goes on, the more my usually very well-controlled or -suppressed <very deep breath, this is quite a big admission for me> OCD is rearing its ugly head. Fear and panic that after it all - the previous miscarriages, the bleeds, the rocky start to the pg - something will go wrong at the very last minute (catching listeria is currently a big concern hmm), translating into hygiene and cleanliness worries. It's becoming a struggle to avoid transferring that (or the general anxiety vibes) to ds. Because of that it was a big relief to know I'll only have to hang on until Mon now. But I don't want to be induced either if baby is not ready and if all seems OK on Mon (placenta, heartbeat etc.) - I want to do the right thing by this baby, not just by me.

berolina Thu 20-Sep-07 21:17:28

Oh and I'm scared stiff I'm going to be crap with 2, and not able to give either what they need.

berolina Thu 20-Sep-07 21:28:19

there are twinges. in the right place but they are not contractions. <sigh>

Chaotica Fri 21-Sep-07 01:27:21

Good luck on monday. I read your posts early on when I had similar placenta problems threatening (although I didn't have a bleed) and I'm so glad you're OK on that score now. Now I've got induction booked for Tuesday (39 weeks, for various reasons) and might end up on my own -- I'll be hoping for the best for you. (My DD ended up being induced for slow progress and the induction wasn't nearly as bad as the waiting beforehand.)

mears Fri 21-Sep-07 01:32:25

Berolina - you will be absolutely fine I am sure. Is your cervix going to be examined before you go in to see how favourable you are?
I looked after a friend of mine the other day who was to be induced at 40+10. She had a sweep of her cervix in the afternoon and started contractions that night. Had a lovely boy at 40+8 - her first baby.

You might find that if you are favourable, a sweep might get you going. I only approve of them as a last resort before induction and after 41 weeks.

MrsJohnCusack Fri 21-Sep-07 01:43:11

berolina, I was posting here v.grumpily just over 6 months ago when I went 13 days over. Turned up to the induction appointment in labour in the end (was induced first time round though). there doesn't really need to be a sign, especially not second time round, it can all happen very suddenly - there is still plenty of hope.

so I am sending you plenty of vibes and hope they do some good. Also the worrying about 2 - totally normal, and of course it will be OK. Everyone worries about that, and it takes some getting used to, but you WILL BE OK. There'll be some tricky bits and some wobbles, but your DS will love the new baby just as much as my DD loves her baby brother & will regard his baby brother/sister as the best present you ever gave him before too long smile

hope you keep on top of the OCD. My DH has a form of it and I have it mildly, it's horrid. I think everyone gets a bit jittery after their due date - it's only natural

i am rambling but I'm trying to send vibes and chat reassuringly. Probably failing miserably! Good luck

Califrau Fri 21-Sep-07 03:01:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

berolina Fri 21-Sep-07 07:01:27

Morning everyone - and thank you Emotionally I feel better for a decent (read 6 hours) night's sleep. Have tried a, er, natural method of getting things going (with dh, sorry TMI) and have a pineapple waiting in the fridge...

mears, I expect (hope) they will. Had an internal yesterday too and it took a while to find the cervix but OTOH the baby's head was apparently well down. You know, I don't know whether they do sweeps over here (certainly don't know the German word for it - emkana, geekgirl, anyone?), otherwise I would definitely want to try one before starting on induction proper.

berolina Fri 21-Sep-07 15:37:35

I have been contracting mildly on and off (ave every 10 mins, I'd say) since this morning grin Nowhere near full-blown labour, but a good sign, I think.

JackieNo Fri 21-Sep-07 17:39:55

Fingers crossedsmile.

FlossALump Fri 21-Sep-07 18:18:25

I hope you not posting since then means things are moving along nicely for you berolina! If not I'm joining you for induction on Monday at 40+12. Am now working myself up nicely about it all and mourning the likely loss of my home birth!!

thinking of you. xxx

berolina Fri 21-Sep-07 18:33:09

contractions have stopped <sigh again>

Oh Floss, do hope you get your hb...

FlossALump Fri 21-Sep-07 19:28:36

It is soooo frustrating isn't it? I had it the other night where they were coming every 2 minutes - only mildly but enough to get my hopes up! i don't know if you feel the same but I don't know how far to push all the old wives tales or how much just to sit back and see if things happen naturally and if not then put it down to fate? Does that make any sense? Because at least going in for an induction means baby will be monitored closely and so although constricting will be reassuring?? Am I completely nuts?!! grin

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