Thursday, December 4, 2008

Disappointing Appointment

Yesterday, my contractions picked up around 2:00 pm. They kept getting closer and more intense, and I really thought I was starting labor. Around midnight, I was seriously thinking of calling and going to the hospital, but I was afraid to jinx things. The contractions and pain continued until 4:00 am . . . and then started to lessen in intensity again. At our appointment today, the contractions were fairly light. Even worse - no significant progress after all of that! I'm still at 2 cm (I was really hoping for 3) but more effaced - definitely at least 80%, and the baby has dropped (almost 0 station). So, for right now, the plan is to wait. I'm not uncomfortable this morning, so I'll just have to hang in there and see what is next.

In good news, at today's appointment it looked like he'd repositioned himself in the "correct" position again - no longer sunny side up. I'm supposed to take it easy, try to rest, and we'll see where things stand on Monday. She would prefer not to try any induction techniques until next week (37 weeks) if I can hang in there. She still thinks there is a good chance the contractions will disappear altogether in the next day or so, and I'll go to term. Actually, if the contractions stop, I don't mind waiting it out, but I really can't handle contracting for the next few weeks like I've been doing. Her best guess is that I'll make it to 38.5 weeks, so still another 1.5 - 2 weeks left. We'll see what the next few days bring!


Lisa said...

Don't get too discouraged!!! the longer the kiddo bakes, the more likely he will be born perfect!!! So it's a good thing that he is not here yet!!!

I know it is frustrating to go through all those contractions. Just hang in there!!! You are almost at the finish line!!!


Shannon said...

I agree with Lisa above, you want the little guy to stay in as long as possible so he can be delivered as healthy as possible.

My friend kind of "pushed" for induction because she was so miserable at 37 weeks and her little guy ended up spending the first couple of days of his life in NICU-

He will come out when he is ready. Until then, I really hope the contractions subside and you get more comfy!

Good Luck!

Chele said...

Lisa and I were thinking the exact same things. Hang in there hon, your baby boy will be in your arms before you know it. Hoping the contractions go full throttle or calm down a lot. Hugs.