38.5 week appointment
So today I had my 38.5 week OB checkup, and not a dang thing has changed since last week! I'm still 1 cm dilated, and my cervix is still pretty thick/firm. I guess one thing did change - he said my cervix is NOT high, and as of last week it was.
I told him I really didn't want to go past my due date. I know a lot of people won't agree with this, but I have my reasons. 1) The baby is measuring big - Liam was 8 lbs 7 oz and that was big enough for me! 2) My anxiety levels go through the roof the closer I get to my due date. I know a LOT of people who have had stillbirths and, while I know the risk is low of that occuring, statistics mean little to me given I was a statistic with our first. 3) I've just been in a good amount of pain the past several weeks. I know I talked about this in another thread, but some days, I feel pain with every single step I take (thank you SPD). He told me he thought those reasons were valid, and he woudn't make me go past my due date if I didn't want to. But he said my cervix also needs to soften up.
He told me some things to try at home (nipple stimulation, dtd, foot massage), and he also stripped my membranes. He wants to see where things are 1 week from today, and then we'll get something on the schedule if needed. We are trying to avoid having to start Cervidil first. But in any event, it sounds like I should definitely have a baby by my due date.
I scheduled induction acupuncture and induction massage for Fridray. I'll repeat at least the acupuncture on Monday. So we will see if that does anything!