Oh look, it’s a mid-week update! Haha..it’s been a while, hasn’t it?
So, at my appointment on Monday, my doctor did a membrane sweep while he was checking my cervix to try and move things along a bit faster; he does NOT want me to go past 40 weeks (I’ll be 39 weeks on Friday). It was uncomfortable, but hasn’t “done” anything yet, and it may not induce me into going into labor. Baby is moving around a lot inside, but so far doesn’t seem inclined to want to come out.
We’re going back on Monday for another appointment and will discuss induction more seriously then. We already have an induction appointment scheduled for next week, because it’s easier to cancel than to try and schedule one only a few days in advance – my due date is next Friday. I’m eating dates, drinking raspberry leaf tea and doing all the things that are supposed to naturally induce labor, but he doesn’t feel like he’s going anywhere. He’s been head-down for a while, my cervix is 2 cm dilated and 3/4 softened, so my body is getting ready.
Of course I’m antsy. I understand my doctor’s desire to get him out and try to avoid the risks of delivering a bigger baby, etc., etc., but so far, this has been a fairly risk-free pregnancy, and I have no symptoms of anything abnormal, so why induce?
I think what it is, is that I’m “afraid” of the epidural, and from what I’ve read, using pitocin to induce labor can make the pain more unbearable, and makes it more likely that I’ll eventually want an epidural. I’ve read enough and know enough about them to be more scared of GETTING the epidural than I am of the pain of labor (which of course I haven’t experienced either though). I have always been pain-medication averse, even after jaw surgery I only took one or two doses of tylenol with codeine, but getting an epidural sounds like a horrible experience. And even then for a lot of women the effect “wears” off.
All of this may fly out the window as soon as I start feeling those labor pains though, so I’m not ruling anything out. I am open to whatever I need to do to deliver a healthy baby in a relatively comfortable way. Whatever that is. But if on Monday things are changing favorably I’m not inclined to keep an appointment to induce before my due date. The week after, yes, but not next week necessarily. But I am getting more and more uncomfortable, and SO HOT, so I may change my mind on that too. We’ll see!!
Honestly I am just trying hard to stay in the moment lately, and mostly succeeding. I’ve been taking naps lately, which is absolutely unheard of for me, because I allow myself to just sit or lay down quietly when I’m exhausted. I stay out of my head by doing crossword puzzles, playing candy crush on my phone, or watching mindless TV.
New arrivals on slowre today, including some dresses I bought recently and should have returned promptly because I didn’t love either one of them. And as of now, I am planning on taking August “off” from adding new items to slowre, but may trickle in a few now and then, so if you’re on the newsletter list you’ll still be updated. I won’t close the shop completely to new orders, but may not be able to ship things out as quickly as I do now, and will still take consignment requests for fall/winter items, to get ready for a re-launch in September. So, when you’re going through your fall/winter wardrobes, I’d love it if you’d consider slowre for your consignment needs, I appreciate the support 🙂
Phew, that’s quite an update for a Wednesday!! Hope you’re having a great week!!