Friday, September 7, 2007

At 3 Days Overdue

So we went to see the midwife today. I am 3 days overdue and the baby's head is not in the pelvis. Apparently this is not a good thing. Usually with a first birth the head is in the pelvis by now.

We may be looking at an induction.

In fact, we go back to see the midwife on Tuesday the 11th. That same day we will go to the hospital to do a fetal non-stress test - I will be hooked up to various monitors for about 2 hours to assess movement and heartbeat. The idea is to check that the placenta is working and still providing baby with oxygen and nutrition. On the 14th we will have an ultrasound to check amniotic fluid and baby's muscle tone - again to make sure the placenta is doing it's job. On the 16th we will most likely be induced. Although if the testing on the 11th and 14th shows that everything is okay, we could wait a bit longer to see if things progress naturally.

The midwife had to have this talk with us today and set up these dates.

She also indicated that a lot can happen in the next few days and that it wouldn't be unusual for the baby's head to move down.

She suggested that we go for walks, that I spend some time on my hands and knees and/or in the squat position, that I use the birthing ball, that I keep moving around, etc.

We left and had a lot to process. This is not exactly our plan. Yet we want to be safe for the baby and me.

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