No Surprise For Me

So much for wondering when I’ll go into labor, because odds are really good that won’t happen before I’m 38 weeks and the doctor told me today that I will NOT be able to carry longer than that.  I’ve been on the fence about asking if they will just let me go till Labor starts or at least 40 weeks but today I was told that there is no way I will be able to go past that 38 mark.   They will start checking my cervix on Monday.  If I stay closed and it looks like my body isn’t going to prep itself for a normal delivery then I will opt for a c-section.  I will be put on some extra medications during labor for my heart and when you add pitocen to that it’s like one drug helps start labor and one stalls it so it’ll increase my chances of having a c-sec by 5x anyway.   Dr. Melendez said the choice on schedueling to be induced or c-sec is up to me and was fine with me waiting to make the decision.  I figure once they start checking me it will help me decide either way.  I plan on talking to my Cardiologist about it next week as well as the Perientologist to gather their insite and advice.  If you had a choice between a c-sec and natural birth what would your choice be?  Anyone out there had both?

I get to repeat the 24 hour urine test.  He was so funny when he told me.  I think he knew how THRILLED I would be to have to collect urine for the 3rd time this pregnancy.  I also go in 2 times a week for NST (nonstress tests) now starting tomorrow.

Next week is my perfect storm:

  • Monday: Normal OB (start checking cervix)
  • Tuesday: Perientologist (Big ultrasound to check Uno)
  • Wed: NOTHING?!?  Maybe NST
  • Thursday: Cardiologist and Normal OB
  • Friday: Nothing?  NST?
  • Saturday: My Baby Shower!

All my doctors in one week, so fun.  I am getting excited for my shower on Saturday, it’s what will keep me going the rest of the week.  Steph, Trish and Mom are putting it all together.  It’s the only one we are having so it’ll be fun to see people I haven’t seen for a while.  Glad I’ve started to feel better towards the end of the pregnancy (yay for good medication!)  If you haven’t gotten your evite (via email) just let me know and I’ll pass the info on to Steph.


6 Responses

  1. Wow girly. I don’t know what I’d choose. I think it would depend on the circumstances like you said. Especially with your heart condition. Would the c-section be harder on your body to recover with? Would the pushing and exertion be too much for your heart to handle with a vaginal birth? Those are the things I would consider. But if it was me, I’d probably go with the c-section in your circumstance.
    Oh, and I sent you something from your registry- i hope you got it okay! And I hope your shower is lots of fun!

  2. I didn’t get invited to your shower……I am now pissed and will not be going or giving you a gift:)

  3. I am really glad we had a c-section. I mean, sure, I would have liked to have experienced labor, but it was kinda cool picking our date and then just going in and having our baby. I think it is much easier on your body too, from what I hear. Yeah, you’ll be sore and your incision will hurt for a while, but it really isn’t too bad. The thing that is the hardest is getting up out of bed or sitting up. Plus, laughing and coughing will hurt a lot, but it’s ok too.

  4. My SIL had both and said C-section was worse and harder on her body, especially recovery. I didn’t think labor was so bad until I got too tired. With the epidural it was a piece of cake. The only problem is the extra fluid hey have to give you and if that will burden your heart more. Ask the cardiologist. It’s a tough call when you have to have it that early. I’m surprised they haven’t given you anything to soften your cervix (I forget what it’s called), they usually do that for scheduled inductions I thought….

  5. I wish I could be there… 😦

  6. My sister also preferred her natural birth over her c-section. She told me her recovery and soreness was much longer with the c-section (it is major surgery, isn’t it?). But I would just go with whatever your cardiologist says to do, because she wasn’t a high-risk pregnancy with her c-section, it’s just that the baby was breech.

    Also, I’ve heard that if you get induced for a natural birth, you should definitely get the epidural because the contractions come on so quickly and unnaturally that they’re more painful than if you went into labor on your own.

    How exciting that you’re so close, though!! I’m sure everything will turn out just fine. It sounds like you have good doctors working with you.

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