One way or another, I should have a baby by the weekend.
At my follow-up appointment today I was barely dilated to a 1. The midwife could feel the baby’s head and she said she felt a lot more encouraged by that than where things were last Friday. While she was “in there”, she stripped my membranes, which SUCKED… and I’m sure it’s nothing compared to actual labor.
(I did some Googling… of course… and there were several women who said that membrane stripping didn’t hurt at all. They also mentioned that they were dilated to a 3 or 4, so perhaps that had something to do with it. For me, it hurt!)
There is a chance that labor could start on its own from that action. But if it doesn’t, I am scheduled for induction processes to start on Thursday evening. I thought really hard about it and I didn’t really want to use drugs if I could avoid it… so I’m going with the creepy balloon induction on Thursday. However, I feel a little better about that plan now that my cervix is somewhat open. And with that option I’ll go home and get to hang out where I’m more uncomfortable. If I did a medicated induction, I would have to stay at the hospital for it.
Then on Friday morning I will go in (unless contractions and labor start coming on Thursday night) and they’ll start Pitocin if needed. So I guess however it happens, by Friday at the latest I should have a baby.
And then maybe I can stop yammering on about pregnancy crap and get back to running-related topics, which are far more interesting to me!