Friday, February 10, 2012

the unwanted OB appointment

I gave in to a cervical check this morning. 3-4cm, 80% effaced, and -1 station. I knew Maggie was low, and now I have a medical opinion to back me up. The "useless" contractions I've been feeling on and off all week appear to have done a little something, considering the condition of my cervix. As soon as they coalesce into a regular pattern, I think things should move pretty quickly... or maybe that's my wishful thinking again.

I had the induction discussion with the doc. I told her that I wanted to avoid pitocin since it would necessitate constant monitoring and the hospital doesn't have a portable/wireless fetal monitor (yet- they're looking into buying one, but not in time for me to use it). My biggest dread is being stuck on a bed while in labor. I want to be able to move around. That's my top priority. So, in light of that, my doc agreed that we should proceed with AROM (artificial rupture of membranes) instead of introducing pitocin. I'm on the schedule for first-thing Tuesday morning if Maggie hasn't arrived by then on her own. I'm going for a walk now, and plan on another before dark tonight... plus a lot of hot sauce on everything I eat. C'mon baby!

2 comments:

sprogblogger said...

Oh, here's hoping she makes her appearance oh, RIGHT ABOUT NOW! I hear you on the pit. fears. It was the worst thing about my labor, and I'm CONVINCED that not being allowed to move around is what led to stalled labor in my case. Fingers crossed that Maggie shows up soon and on her own!

mekate said...

Good luck sweet B! I hope Maggie takes advantage of your fabulous head start and makes an appearance. hey, it's my birthday tomorrow, so maybe that can be something we share?

Take care of yourself, and sending love and luck
xoxo
Kate