Baby C's due date came and went yesterday. I am now technically overdue and am feeling even more anxious and impatient than I thought possible.
Today's doctor's appointment at least brought the same results as the ones in the past ... good blood pressure, good urine sample, good Baby C heartbeat, and 0 weight gain from the previous week. The doctor then brought me from being about 1 centimeter dilated to 2-3 centimeters by "stripping my membranes." Trust me it feels as unpleasant as it sounds.
Before the doctor will induce labor, she will check your cervix and the baby's position to find out whether you are far enough along for induction will work.
Doctors use medications and other methods to efface and dilate the cervix artificially so that the baby can be born. Labor induction techniques include:
- Stripping the membranes. The doctor will insert a gloved finger into your vagina and move it back and forth to separate the membrane that connects the amniotic sac to the wall of the uterus. This is called "stripping the membranes," and it causes the body to release hormones called prostaglandins, which ripen the cervix and may lead to contractions. You may feel some cramping and have some spotting after this procedure. Usually this method of inducing labor is done in your doctor's office, and you'll be sent home to wait until contractions begin.
The next plan is to check into the hospital on Wednesday night for some Pitocin to help move along labor with hopes of having the baby on Thursday. Also from WebMD:
Triggering contractions. The drug Pitocin can bring on contractions to induce or move your labor along. Pitocin is an artificial form of the hormone oxytocin, which triggers and strengthens contractions. It's delivered through an intravenous (IV) tube in your arm. Your doctor will start with a small dose and will gradually increase it until your contractions are strong and frequent enough for the baby to be born.
So here I am ... on my first day off from work ... sitting on the couch catching up on all of my favorite CW television shows. Wishing, hoping, praying that Baby C will come soon. I've already taken my long walk today and will now drink a cup of that wonderful raspberry leaf "labor inducing" tea. Hopefully both will help Baby C along.