Wednesday, July 21, 2010

40 Week Check-up

Nothing crazy to report.  Blood pressure, weight gain, and baby's heartrate are all good.  They don't even start talking about induction unless there's a medical reason to.  They did do a cervical check, which is the first one I've had done since I was 36 weeks.  At 36 weeks, I was closed and 50% effaced.  Now I am 1.5-2 cm dilated and 50% effaced. At least my body has progressed at all!  Getting checked today made me so happy that I hadn't been getting checked weekly.

Next appointment, if baby is still in my belly, is a week from today.  At that point they'll probably order a non-stress test.  For those who don't know what that is - I'll be sent to labor and delivery and hooked up to a fetal monitor for about 20 minutes to just monitor baby's heartrate and movements.  If all goes well with that, then they let me go to 42 weeks.  If baby is still in there, then we likely will have to induce.

Hoping I never even get to next week's appointment!


  1. wow hang in there! I have heard the internal exams were tough! I hope this baby decides to come out soon!

  2. How exciting!! Hoping for you that your next post has a precious baby photo in it :)

  3. The cervical checks suck but even worse is a cervical sweep!! But if you want to get labour going, this will do it! I was 2.5 cms and on and off contractions for about a week days. Went to labour and delivery to get checked out and my dr was the one on call, suggested we try a sweep to try and get things going. I naively said "sure"...OMG!!!!! But 3 hours later I was in full labour and she was born 8 hrs after the sweep!

  4. There is nothing worse than having to wait, and wait, and wait; other than having to tell everyone you are still waiting!


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