May 17, 2011

38 weeks and cervical checks

Baby girl and I hit 38 weeks today! I'm so grateful to have made it to this point... so grateful. For the 3rd trimester, this was my first goal. I felt 37 weeks may have been "full term", per se, but it was a little too early for my comfort. 38 weeks, I feel if she was born today she'd be healthy and have a good chance at EBF successfully! Now, 39 weeks is my true goal. I want to make it there with a smile still on my face! At 39, momma feels ready at any moment!!

My 37.5 week appt results: dilated 0-1 cm; 50% effaced
My 38.5 week appt results: dilated 1 cm; still 50% effaced; doc says "very squishy"

At this point, I'm praying for my body to go into labor on it's own. I fear induction. I fear pitocin. I fear increasing my odds of having a c-section.

My OB has actually instilled this fear in me, because he mentioned the "I" word at 36.5 weeks - yes, i.n.d.u.c.t.i.o.n. I was really put off and the stress began for me. It's a long story, so I won't dwell, but in short, there's no medical reason to induce before 40 weeks other than "increased stillbirth rates", according to my OB. I considered induction at 39.5, but now, my gut says to wait till 40.5. Overall, I don't want an induction, period. I want my body to go into labor naturally - on it's own.


  1. And it should do just that, go into labor on its own! Praying for you friend!!

  2. Hahaha!! My word verification was uterus!!!!

  3. Oh A! I'm praying you get the labor you want! It'll happen. :)

  4. HAHAHA, Christy! How appropriate!!!