Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Worst fears

Some of my worst fears could come true. But before I start whining, perhaps I should share the positive news. Although still slightly elevated, my blood pressure is holding steady. Therefore, I've dodged the induction bullet for now.

The bad news? She's not confident that I'll go into labor on my own, so induction at full term is still on the table. What's worse, Kidney Bean is posterior. Translation? Back labor. If K.B. doesn't turn around, I'm facing an induced back labor. Have I mentioned that I already have no faith in my ability to cope with normal labor?

The worse news? Although by no means certain, her gut feeling is that if K.B. remains posterior, we'll have real problems with a vaginal birth due to the blood pressure issue. C-section City for me.

I'm trying not to be discouraged, but pessimism is in my nature. The doc tells me to lie on my left side and stand leaning forward to hopefully get K.B. to rotate into the proper position.

Dilated 1 cm.
60% effaced

8 Comments:

At 10:05 PM, Blogger S. said...

Maybe this is a stupid question -- but why does she think you might not go into labor on your own? You're already pretty effaced, and you're still two weeks before your due date, plenty of time for things to start happening...

 
At 2:00 PM, Blogger Valerie & Kiera said...

Oh sweety...I hope that you don't have back labor or a C-section (if you don't want it). I know labor is painful, but things will work out...no matter what, you will have a beautiful baby to share your life with!!!!

I can't wait to meet KB!

 
At 3:36 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

S., not a stupid question. After the visit, I found myself wondering the same thing. This happens to me a lot. She always asks at the end if I have any questions, but I never do. The questions don't pop up in my head until later.

Speaking of plenty of time, she did advise sex every day and lots of nipple stimulation (and only half-jokingly). Ugh! Doesn't she realize that sex is how I got into this predicament in the first place? It's certainly not on my "Things to Do" List.

Thanks, Valerie. I really am trying to think more positively about this than I normally would. None of these possible outcomes is a certainty, so I'm trying to focus on that.

 
At 10:00 PM, Blogger Sherri said...

Dr. Wilcox told me the same thing when I was pregnant with Zach. I ended up being over due, the day I was scheduled for a non-stress test I did go into labor, so he no longer did have to induce.

What he had told me was my nervousness and fear was keeping me from allowing labor to happen. I was dialated to 4 and had lost my mucus plug, but I subconsiously wouldn't produce the hormones....etc. to allow my body to go into labor.

Hmmm.... mind over matter???

I was scared too, really scared, only 19. I did fine, I know you will too.

 
At 11:50 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

Holy crap. Dilated to four centimeters on a first baby and still not having contractions? I can't even imagine.

Thx for the encouragement. I'm really starting to wish I'd opted for a midwife, though -- someone to help with labor, not just delivery.

 
At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh the nurses, at least where I was, were great with helping with the labor part, all 26 hour of it! And don't worry a c-section is not that bad either. It is over really quick and as long as you haven't already gotten hemroids you won't have to worry about them either.

I will warn you though that if you do have a c-section, you might throw up during the procedure. Although you don't feel any pain you get really nauseous (sp)when they move your stomach. :-) Oh the things we do for our children.

Danielle

 
At 4:23 AM, Blogger Jessica said...

Danielle, I think I have some sort of irrational fear of c-sections. In the childbirth education class, I started to feel panicky just watching it on TV. It was way too easy to picture myself strapped down behind the blue tent. I almost added an item to my birth plan requesting to be offered some kind of tranquilizer before being prepped for surgery, but my research seems to show that hospitals just don't do that.

 
At 5:27 AM, Blogger cori said...

i'm sure everything will work out for you! and even if you DO end up having a c-section, it's not so bad. i promise! i was wanting a drug free vaginal birth. i got a drug filled c-section (thank you pre-e!). i wasn't half as bad as i imagined.

as long as you end up with your baby in your arms, you don't care. i promise! :)

 

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