I saw my doctor yesterday and had an u/s. Baby still looks great on the biophysicial profile (the thrill of u/s is definitely gone after having one every week since 34 weeks). My mom came to the appointment with me which was nice, because it was soooo long. I waited 3 hours to see the doctor, because she was in surgery.
Anyway, she checked me and I am still only a fingertip dilated and still 50% effaced. Kind of disappointing, but I figured as much, because I don't feel like anything has changed much in the last week.
My doctor wants to go ahead and start inducing me on Tues night at 40 wk 5 days. I would go in for a cervical check and then decide if I need a cervical ripening agent to proceed. I'm pretty sure that I would need this. She wants to use Cytotec which I have read bad stuff about. I asked her about Cervadil, but she said she hasn't had as much success with the Cervidil. The one good thing about cytotec that I read is that it can kick you into labor so much that you don't end up needing any pitocin.
I am just nervous about the risk of uterine hyperstimulation. I hate that I have done so much reading and envisioning about natural birthing and now I am going down the road of a totally interventionist birth. It sucks.
One of the deciding factors on inducing is when my doctor is on call, which is Wed. I think I was so worn out at the appt after waiting for 3 hours that I just agreed to whatever she said, but now that I have had time to think about it, I really would rather wait until the weekend to see if maybe, just maybe, I can spontaneously go into labor. There is no medical reason right now that I can see to be induced. ACOG doesn't recommend inductions until 42 weeks, unless there is a medical reason. Amniotic fluid level is good, placenta looks good, baby is happy.
My doctor said that only 5% of women go past their due date. I don't know if she was talking about their practice or in general, but I know for a fact that in general this is absolutely not true.
So if anyone has any suggestions and advice, I would welcome it. One minute, I feel ok about the induction and the next I am really nervous and feel like it would be better to give it a little more time.
Should I be eating castor oil omelettes for breakfast?!