I think it is pretty clear that I really want to avoid being induced. When I say “induced” I really mean an induction that involves a 0 to 60 pitocin type induction. I want to give my body a chance to do things on its own. This is important to me because depending on your body’s readiness level, induction may be more likely to result in an emergency c-section, than to an actual baby.
This “readiness” level can be described by the Bishop Score, which takes all of the elements of the cervix and baby’s position to estimate the possible success of any induction efforts.
All very interesting.
Because I want to avoid being induced with pitocin, I am willing to try some other things. I’m not going to be drinking castor oil – no worries. The problem with a lot of the “natural” at-home induction efforts is that your body has to be ready for them to have any influence (like having sex… it will only encourage your cervix to open, it won’t *cause* it to open).
So today, in an effort to avoid having to keep my induction date (scheduled for July 14!) I had the doctor do a membrane sweep today.
Google it if you please.
Basically the OB used his finger and separated part of the amniotic sac from my uterus. This procedure causes a hormonal change in the uterus, that can lead to labor. Regular labor, not intense, crazy, pitocin-like labor.
The reason I decided to do this was that, despite the fact that my doctors are letting me go to 40 weeks, I still have the GD cloud over my head, and that “fetal demise risk” running through my mind. I also figured it would be better to stimulate natural labor a week early, and have her now, than to have the medically induced labor I am scheduled for next week.
So, according to ACOG, there is a 60% chance I will have a baby girl in the next 48 hours. Meaning, this process jump-starts labor for 60% of women, and if it hasn’t started within 48 hours, it probably isn’t going to. Just keep in mind that while it is a form of “induction” it doesn’t involve forcing the body into doing anything, rather it encourages a process that is already in the works.
Before deciding that this was something I wanted to do, I did look it up and read about other peoples’ experiences. Most of it seems pretty sketchy. lol. Like… Yahoo! Answers. So here’s how it went for me:
When you go to the girly-doctor for your yearly appointment (if you don’t do this, you really should. Please do!), they do a cervical swab. They insert a speculum, open things up a little bit, and then poke your crervix with a long q-tip.
Membrane sweeping does not hurt as much as the long q-tip does, and it doesn’t last nearly as long.
The doctor was doing a cervix check (which is pretty painless, just slightly uncomfortable), and he says “oh yah, you wanted the membranes swept”. He moved his fingers around a little bit more than usual, and it was over. Less than 30 seconds.
So did it hurt? No, just uncomfortable. I did take some tylanol ahead of time, just in case it ended up being painful… but that was probably overkill (interwebs had me scared). I am now about 3 centimeters dialted (last Wednesday I was 1), so my body is making some progress on its own, hopefully this will just speed things up a little.
And by the way… I’m scared crazy. Not about giving birth. That part is fine. But there is going to be a baby in my life very soon and despite feeling like I’ve done plenty to prepare… I feel un-prepared. Gah!