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Quick Question for MEARS (if you are around)

(36 Posts)
Tessiebear Wed 06-Jul-05 19:30:08

I am currently 41 weeks today. Had my MW round for a sweep but she couldnt do it as my cervix was too high / unfavourable.
This is my third DS (first one induced, second came naturally at 8 days over, the day before i was due to have a sweep)
What are the chances of me still going into natural labour????
Feeling like all my choices for a natural birth are being taken away

Tessiebear Wed 06-Jul-05 19:42:54


Blondeinlondon Wed 06-Jul-05 19:48:33

You still have a week to go it could all happen don't despair!

helsi Wed 06-Jul-05 19:49:40

I was going to say that it is usual to go up to 42 weeks. hang on in there and all the best!!

Tessiebear Wed 06-Jul-05 19:51:18

thanks guys - i just have this feeling that it isnt going to happen on its own!!!!!

pupuce Wed 06-Jul-05 19:52:51

You have as much chance as you want really (no one can force you to get induced)... You do have a whole week ahead. Your cervix will get "in gear" faster this time around so whilst it clearly wasn't ready it may be in 3 days.... don't panic.
Are things ready?

Should you get induced they might just break your waters and you can still have a natural birth... you might not need more... relax, HAVE SEX!

Tessiebear Wed 06-Jul-05 20:50:08

Yes, but being induced will mean Hospital instead of the birthing unit, NO waterbirth lots more monitoring and may have to encorporate a drip (which means facing my fear of needles) Oh, and NOT any of MY midwives (they dont come to the hospital with you)
Sorry to moan - it is just that last time i felt so in control - had a waterbirth with just gas and air in the birthing unit - i just dont fell like my body is READY to go into labour anytime soon.

Blondeinlondon Wed 06-Jul-05 20:57:07

The sex worked for me - ds arrived Sat, induction was booked for the Mon

Tessiebear Wed 06-Jul-05 21:12:18

How many times a day did you do it ?? (if you dont mind me asking ) We were planning on once a day!!

pupuce Wed 06-Jul-05 21:54:33

Tessie -sex and then in 3 or 4 days aim for a sweep...
You will get there.
I can't see you having a drip !
You can have a water birth with an ARM (and sometimes with the gel too!).

mears Wed 06-Jul-05 22:26:04

Tessiebear - your chances of going into labour are HIGH, believe me. There is absolutely no reason why you should not go into labour yourself. Is your date your own or a scan date BTW? Go for the latest one whichever it is

I personally am not a fan of the 'craze' of sweep offering going on ATM. If your midwife hadn't done it, you would not know where your cervis was and you would not be worried as you are now.

I have seen women with unfavourable cervix deliver the next day. It means nothing. Lots of things can happen in the next few days. Try and chill out and have faith in your body and nature. This baby will come when it is ready.
Agree with pupuce about the sex (if you can be bothered).

Remember, even if you get to 42 weeks, there is no need to be induced if all is well. IME, most women go into lbour between 41+3 and 42 weeks. Have mental words with your baby every day and encourage it to come soon. Book a hair appointment and it is sure to come

Heathcliffscathy Wed 06-Jul-05 22:37:12

mears you are fabulous....

Heathcliffscathy Wed 06-Jul-05 22:38:34

really think that the talking to your baby does amazing things both my (hippy dippy) and sisters' (stuff and nonsense, lets get to hospital) experience...

mears Wed 06-Jul-05 22:47:04

Thanks sophable

Tessiebear Thu 07-Jul-05 09:05:37

Thanks Mears - fab advice - has made me feel a lot better

Tessiebear Thu 07-Jul-05 09:06:12

Especially about booking the hair cut

Tessiebear Thu 07-Jul-05 09:07:31

The date is MY date btw - it was LATER than the scan date. As i knew mine was acurate i wanted to use that to give me more chance of natural labour (as i have a tendency for lateness)

Tessiebear Thu 07-Jul-05 09:18:13

Thanks Pupuce as well

pupuce Thu 07-Jul-05 09:20:31

That's all right
I (always) agree with Mears but if she says you can pop quickly then YOU CAN

yoyo Thu 07-Jul-05 09:28:31

Book a reflexology appointment. Reflexologist told me that 90% of overdue women never make the appointment as they spontaneously go into labour. I booked mine on Monday for next day and DS was born at 4am!

triplets Thu 07-Jul-05 22:20:59

How was the cake? You know what I mean!

Tessiebear Fri 08-Jul-05 09:10:51

it was lovely thanks Triplets
I managed to eat about 3 slices last night - purely for research you understand as my cakes normally NEVER rise

triplets Fri 08-Jul-05 09:32:59

Well done you! By the way my Mum said she always had a crave for baking at the end of her pregnancies, get those scales out!

Tessiebear Sat 09-Jul-05 07:52:34

LOL Triplets - before i became pregnant this time round the nearest i got to baking was a packet mix cake
I havnt STOPPED baking since i was a bout 20 weeks!! very weird!!!
Feel a bit "uncomfortable" today - but still here!!!

mandyc66 Sat 09-Jul-05 08:11:45

any news on baby? my ds2 was 16 days late if thats any use!!!! Natural birth

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