Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Test of Patience

I (along with Z Baby!) have been totally restless the last two nights. It reminds me of growing up on the farm and how mama cows, sheep, dogs, etc. would get really antsy and we knew they were going to give birth soon. And last night I was just certain I would go into labor. But so much for my motherly instincts!

We had an ultrasound on Tuesday and an appointment with our doctor yesterday. The ultrasound estimated Z Baby to be just 3.073 kg (6 lbs 11 oz) +/- 10%, so if that is anywhere close to accurate she's smaller than we thought. Everything looked great though. Amniotic fluid levels are high, baby's heart rate is perfect, and the placenta is functioning normally. And my child is still active - plenty, plenty active. In fact, last night as she kicked, punched, wiggled, spun around from side to side, and basically just refused to be still for more than 3 seconds at a time, I started to have this fear that maybe I was carrying an octopus in there. Seriously, there have to be more than just four limbs. I've got sharp pointy parts poking me in at least seven different places right this moment.

As of 6:30 yesterday evening, my doctor reported that I was 1-2 cm dilated and 60% effaced. We talked options since I am 40 weeks and 4 days now. He said that as long as baby and I both remain healthy, he has no reason to induce labor. He recognizes that a normal gestational period is 38-42 weeks. So, unless I request it, he won't recommend inducing until after that period except if something changes health-wise. Tempting? Oh yes. But the increased risk of complications and harder labor isn't worth it to me when everyone is healthy as is. So if nothing happens between now and then, on Saturday we will begin having twice per week ultrasounds to keep a close eye on everything.

But for now, the waiting game continues. (And all the many things you can eat/drink/do that are supposed to start labor - lies I tell ya, just lies!)

5 comments:

Stephanie said...

Oh goodness...well I've been thinking about you! Didnt you serve that eviction notice already???

Beth O. said...

So how exactly does Caster Oil taste? Just curious...

AcesHigh said...

Emily, I am curious about what the NEW doctor told you about the brazilian mania for c-sections and if you talked about your old doctor, the one who stepped back from normal delivery at the last moment...

AcesHigh said...

ps: completely offtopic, but I took some photos of Gramado that turned very good. Since I guess you never visited southern Brazil, I thought you might be interested.

check it out on this forum (there are photos on page 1 and 2 of the thread)
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=167765

Corinne said...

Ultrasounds at this point have a wider than 10% +/- margin of error. My ultrasound just a week before Kevin was born said 3.5 kg and he was 4.145 kg!

VERY cool that your doctor is not breathing down your neck to induce - very rare in Brazil. BTW, saw Polly today and she asked whether Z baby had come yet.