Well. Today I go in for my first Non Stress Test to make sure little Bagel is active and responsive, and has enough of the good ole amniotic fluid to keep her cushy in here a while longer. Since apparently she is very cozy in my ute, and I was feeling idle, I did go to one meeting yesterday for work where people gawked and told me I was “all belly”. One “kindly” co-worker told me that it looked like Bagel hadn’t even dropped yet, she was so high in my stomach. Gee, thanks! Just what I needed to hear as I head into 41 weeks pregnant.
I have been doing my walks, squats, sex, evening primrose oil, and sitting on the labor ball the last few days, but nothing feels very different. Not to get too graphic (but of course, I will), when I inserted the primrose oil capsules last night, I noticed my cervix was basically unreachable it was so high, which can’t be a good thing. Everything I’ve read says the cervix is low when labor is about to begin. I will get very occasional cramps, but nothing notable.
Hubs and I had a discussion about inducing labor at exactly 42 weeks, and both of us are very hesitant to do it simply because of the date on the calendar. I realize that many people may have differing opinions on this, and I would not judge anyone for choosing to induce at 42, but for me, it is just really not sitting well. My gut is telling me to wait a bit longer, if it comes down to me being pregnant at 42 weeks. I feel very healthy. Bagel moves around constantly, and seems perfectly fine. If I do hit 42 weeks without any signs of labor, I’m going to speak to my doctor about scheduling NST tests every other day that week to make sure that Bagel is still being responsive, and of course if there is anything like low fluid levels, or she seems like she is getting stressed, I will induce. But if there is a chance she could come naturally at 42 + 4 days, I’m really not understanding why I would induce at 42 weeks exactly. It feels arbitrary to me. There is a higher risk of meconium at 42 weeks, but from what I have been reading, the Pitocin given to induce labor at 42 weeks can often stress the baby, leading to the passing of meconium, thus furthering the statistic that babies born after 42 weeks pass meconium. As far as placental function, I feel like the every other day NSTs would be able to alert us to anything wrong in that department (decreased fetal movement, low fluid, or Bagel’s heart rate not increasing when she moves). I’m hoping that I don’t have to get to a place where I need to make these decisions, but it was good to know that Hubs and I were on the same page about asking for just a bit more time before an induction.
I will update everyone on today’s NST.