it begins

The extra monitoring officially began yesterday. I had an appointment with my OB – 27w4d.

I did the glucose tolerance test – the stuff didn’t taste that bad to me, but it did leave me feeling funky for the next hour or two. I do not typically ingest that much sugar so early in the morning.

We discussed the peri appointment from two weeks ago and we started the weekly biophysical profiles. BabyHope passed.

We also discussed what it will look like if she doesn’t pass at some point, or if she begins to fall back on the growth curve at one of the growth scans with the peri. Things will apparently move pretty quickly in either case – I likely wouldn’t go home again without delivering her. Hopefully, neither case will happen.

We also discussed what “ideal” at this point would look like. Ideally, around 38 weeks, I’d be effaced and beginning to dilate, BabyHope will have grown well, and we’ll schedule an induction. If my cervix is the beast it’s been in the past and not changing, we’ll wait a little longer – but not past 39 weeks for an induction. Yes, this puts me at a higher risk for a c-section, but I’ve known that for a long time. We’ve got lots of little things on the “list” that put me at risk. Quite frankly, I don’t care.

My doctor also indicated that they would be very cautious about BabyHope’s response to labor. We’re going to have zero tolerance if she begins to have problems. If that becomes the case, we’ll move to a cesarean quickly.

I like understanding the plan. Will I have the “wait and see if I go into labor on my own” experience. No.

But it doesn’t matter as long as we take this little girl home with us.

~ by Larisa on October 25, 2007.

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  1. Sounds like your docs are proceeding with an abundance of caution, which is wonderful. I too have an evil little cervix, and I went to 41 weeks (despite pre-term labor and bedrest starting at 24 weeks) and never dilated one little bit. Even six hours of pitocin wasn’t enough to get my stubborn cervix open. I ended up with an emergency c-sec due to fetal distress. Everything turned out fine, but I look back and wish I’d had a “plan” more like yours.

  2. Sending warm wishes that she can stay in til at least 38 weeks and that you both have a very uneventful delivery. Glad you have cautious doctors with a plan though.

  3. Glad you have a solid plan!

  4. That sounds like a very positive and dependable plan. I know that there are always a million variables, but I have a very good feeling about you taking your beautiful, healthy, precious little girl home with you.

  5. Sounds like a plan!

  6. I know how much you like a plan.

    I’m with you on the “I don’t care” bit regarding C-section. I don’t care either. I just want all of us to get home alive and well.

  7. I think you look wonderful. I know what you mean though, the belly was my favorite part. I wanted the world to know that I was pregnant. I wanted strangers to ask. And five months later I miss being pregnant. Love having my son though! Glad you are being well taken care of.

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