OMG, this is so encouraging. Thank you.
NST #3 passed with flying colors and all kinds of encouraging words from the nursing staff, including one who told us, “we used to see women in here at 43 weeks all the time.”. Seems our health care has improved, but America’s overall health has not…
I’m trying my best to focus on fact vs fiction. The hardest part of this waiting game has been dealing with “helpful” mother fuckers who insist on telling me that waiting “is dangerous” and that I’m being selfish.
This wait has and never will be about me. This home birth was never about me, just like our first induction was never about me. Kid #1’s induction was about other people’s fears influencing my decisions. The home birth was about giving this guy the peaceful, calm, completely drug free birth that I failed to give kid#1…
At some point, you have to trust your gut and fuck everyone else. My doc is 100% cool with waiting so long as I agree to continued monitoring, which I’ve been 100% cool and grateful for.
Now for the dangerous facts about going past 42 weeks
1. Your chances of still birth, according to current research, goes up to 3% once you hit 42 weeks.
2. There’s very little current research looking at how and why some women go past 42 weeks…mostly because they stopped “letting” women do it over the past 20 years.
3. (Pay attention here) my kid is more likely to die during the car ride home ( the #1 cause of death in children being car accidents), than he is if I leave my body the fuck alone and allow him to come when HE’S ready.
4. Inductions, contrary to popular belief, are not guaranteed safe.
…and so, I wait.
I’m seriously still pregnant.
42+4 by the other midwife’s estimate.
42+2 by my new doc’s calculations.
My first was 42+1 with an induction. Wtf is wrong with my body?
Super weird. I slept the night through and woke up singing my first communion song “This is the Day” in my head. I haven’t slept the night in a month and haven’t been in a church in 2 years. Either I’m losing my mind or this baby is coming. Pretty sure both are true. :)