My membranes have officially been stripped. Let the labor begin, y'all!
I had my 39-week check-up today and I asked the doctor if she would strip my membranes to get things going. But not before I asked, "Is it gonna hurt?"
Clearly, the answer is yes.
But honestly, it wasn't as bad as I anticipated. I just held Blake's hand and breathed. [It was just so damn hot in the room though.]
I'm now dilated 1.5 cm and 80% effaced. I doubled in the effacement department so that's great!
The doctor said sometimes stripping the membranes works and other times it doesn't. [I've heard so many mixed reviews from people, but mostly 'it works'] Immediately after she stripped me, I began cramping/contracting. Of course this is all normal and to be expected. I also have not stopped contracting for an hour now. As soon as we got home I packed a few last minute items in the hospital bag JUST! IN! CASE!
The doctor said I was a candidate for inducing NEXT TUESDAY (Nov. 23), but B and I both agree we want Little Miss to come on her own. However, if she's not here by November 30, we're inducing for sure [doctor's orders].
Back to the contractions... they've been coming frequently, and I've sort of been keeping track of them. I just don't want to sit on the couch and anticipate/obsess over them. I also sent B off to a meeting for school, then they are all getting dinner after. I told him to glue his phone to his leg! I know, too, that this could possibly be false labor, or the contractions could just stop all together [even for days].
The not-knowing-what-exactly-is-going-on-part is killing me!! I wish there was a better way to know for sure! Sheesh!
OK... so now that things are getting closer, I put up a poll on the side. GO VOTE!
For now, I'm just going to keep drinking water (because it'll make false labor go away) and alternate between sitting and standing.
This is exciting and scary all at the same time!!!!!!!!!!!
Please keep us in your prayers, and I'll try to update as much as possible!!!
Happy Tuesday, Everyone [Glee's on tonight!! ...hope I don't miss it, hehe]