Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The one where she was almost induced

Yesterday, I had my 38 week check up. Y'all pretty much know that I've been measuring "behind" lately. {Where my fundal height has been about 2cm behind the baby's gestational age.} So at my appointment, I was measuring 36cm. No big surprise there. The doctor said it was probably because the little chickadee is so low. Next, she moved on to my cervix exam. Let me tell you that she's not as gentle as the male doctor {ouch!} I have been anticipating this exam for two weeks now, keeping my fingers cross that I made some progress.

And did I, folks? 

Nope! Still just almost halfway effaced and 1cm dilated... Son of a nutcracker!

She then went on to tell us she wanted to do another ultrasound to see if the baby was growing because at this point it might be better if she was on the outside instead of just basically hanging out in the inside. If the ultrasound showed no significant progress, we'd talk about inducing NEXT WEEK.

So, B and I go with the flow like we always do and had the ultrasound. The baby was measuring 6lbs 9oz and just under 37 weeks. Last week when we had an ultrasound done she was measuring 6lbs 6oz. Babies should be gaining about half a pound a week. The ultrasound showed Little Miss was not. On top of that, babies should mimic breathing. The tech was looking for movement in the baby's abdomen/ribs and said she should have one every thirty minutes. The tech waited thirty minutes and Baby Girl did not take a "breath." We weren't concerned at all because she was moving around quite a bit before the ultrasound, "swallowing," and her heart rate and amniotic fluid was perfect.

The tech consulted with the doctor and the doctor decided I should go over to the hospital for further monitoring. The doctor said if there wasn't a change at the hospital, then we'd REALLY be talking induction. Like.THIS.WEEK.

Fortunately I've had my bags packed for three weeks. I told B to throw in a change of clothes and we were off. 

...Oh wait, did I mention Indy was still at the puppy parlor? Fortunately, Baby Girl's godfather was able to pick him up... thanks goodness! Guess he's Indy's godfather, too ;) ...

We arrived at the hospital around 3:30ish. They hooked me up to a fetal monitor to keep an eye on the baby's heart rate, as well as movement, and my contractions. Yes, my contractions. Apparently I've been getting them more frequently than I thought. I've really just been brushing them off, but I could see them on the screen and since I was relaxed, I could feel them {versus always being on the move at home.} They were, however, irregular, so nothing to get too excited about...
Any way... I didn't get unhooked from the monitor until a few minutes before 7. {At least they fed me! And B got free food from the cafeteria since they were closing.} After the monitoring, I had another ultrasound. This particular machine didn't measure weight, but it measured gestational age. Little Miss was measuring exactly 38 weeks. Great, but what the heck? What about the other ultrasound? It didn't make sense to us. 

The tech at the hospital was 100% confident in her measurements. Plus, within less than ten minutes we saw Little Miss take three "breaths." The tech said she was probably just sleepy and very content earlier at the doctor's office. After the ultrasound, another nurse came in to have me sign a paper and leave. I was actually kind of pissed dumbfounded the doctor didn't come in to explain things herself. {she was at the hospital, too} Instead, she just wrote on the paper, "Keep doctor's appointment for Tuesday 11/16." Lovely bed-side manner skills, huh? {that's a whole other story, peeps}

Any way... apparently the ultrasound at the doctor's office was a fluke and Little Miss is right on track. Thank goodness!!!! As much as it would be nice to have a tangible due date, I really would prefer NOT to be induced. And even though I'm totally ready to have this baby like!right!now! I want her to come when she's ready to make her debut.

{I'll be interested to see what happens at next week's appointment, seeing as I know I'll be measuring behind yet again.}


  1. Oh no! What a pain :( And talk about getting hopes up. Darn! Well, better to be safe than sorry in the end. Have a great day!

  2. Wow!! Talk about crazy stressful up and downs.
    I hope that she cooks and comes when she is ready.
    Inductions stress me out (if you want to know about my experience then you can ask! lol... nothing terrible because I have my three healthy kids right here with me.
    Anyway - HANG IN THERE!!
    You are so so so so so soooooo close!

  3. holy hospital-day batman! Sounds like you all had quite the eventful day. I'm happy B was able to be there with you! And sounds like you have an awesome support system around you (Indy being able to be picked up).
    Glad things are back on track for you and that they are progressing how you want them to be! I'll be anxiously awaiting to hear how your ultrasound goes next week!

  4. I'm the same as you in the fundal height aspect. I've been measuring 2 centimeters behind this whole time. At my 30-week appointment, I was measuring 28. Not sure what our little guy's weight is, though...they haven't done an ultrasound since 25 weeks. I'm getting to the point where I'm ready to have him already, just about...but we'll see what happens. I've got a few more weeks to go.

  5. Oh my goodness! Its getting so exciting isn't it? I can't wait until she's here!!

  6. Oh goodness! That sounds like an insane day! At least you can rest easy that she's perfectly's always nice to have that reassurance.

  7. wow that is one crazy day you've had! I've never heard of them trying to induce because she hasn't taken a "breath" for 30 min if she is totally fine other wise. I'm so glad that everything turned out ok with her! She'll be here before you know it!

  8. I've never heard that breath thing either! I'm glad you don't have to be induced and hope that Little Miss cooks as long she need to, but also come soon cause I want to meet her! :)

  9. Aw what a fake out! I'm sure she will be here soon enough though - at least everything is still going good! I'll be hoping she comes out soon and healthy for you!

  10. Sorry you had to experience all that stress but glad little miss is on track and you are doing well! Hope you are staying as comfortable as possible.

  11. That fetal heart strip looks good (saw some good accels!) which is definitely reassuring!! Sorry for the stressful day but little miss is definitely worth the extra time and worry!


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