Schedules have been messed up... thumbs have been twiddled (on my part!)... lives have been put on hold... tears have been cried (again, on my part)... and now we have arrived to the day of induction - or have we?
We are scheduled to go in tonight at 9pm, "check in to the hotel" =) Then I will be given a drug to help dilate my cervix, we will sleep, and then in the morning we will take the necessary drugs to help the contractions and labor move along.
That was the plan, but now we are having second thoughts. Last night Andrew and I went online and did some research on the common medical methods of induction. Our main concern is that I will be given pitocin (a commonly used drug that is a synthetic version of the hormone oxytocin, which is naturally released from the woman's body to get labor going). All women have different experiences with this drug, but I have read that pitocin can cause contractions that are more painful than natural contractions, which can lead to the baby getting less oxygen, and in turn the baby becomes stressed. If the baby becomes too stressed, this can ultimately lead to an emergency c-section. I do not want to have a c-section. I know it seems to be a common practice these days, but Andrew and I are planning on having as many children as Our Lord will give us. I don't want this labor and delivery to complicate any future labor and deliveries. I have also been hoping to do this birth naturally, and if the contractions are more painful because of pitocin, then I will more likely request pain relief.
Yesterday I went to the doctor's office and they did a "non-stress test." This involved me sitting in a really big, comfy chair. The baby's heart rate was monitored and my contractions (if any) were monitored. I also had this button to press whenever Baby moved. The whole goal was to make sure Baby's heart rate was responding to his own movements and my contractions. As it turns out I did have one contraction while I was hooked up to this machine! I would not have know it was a contraction without having the machine's numbers going crazy. It was not painful and so I was very shocked to know that that was a contraction. I have been feeling stuff like that off and on for a while now, but I never knew they were contractions.
Last night, I think I had more contractions. I tried to sleep as much as I could, so I think I slept through most of them... but I did incorporate them in my dreams. So it is possible that my contractions are progressing; however, they are not really getting noticeably rhythmic in any way.
So we are thinking now that if we could wait a little while longer, as long as the baby and I are still safe and healthy, it would be better. Especially if I am starting to have contractions and they are progressing. I have a call into our doctor and I will talk about all of this with him. I really trust him, so his advice will help greatly in our decision process.
I am totally ready to hold my son, but I also know that being patient will help lower the stress in this situation.
Thank you for all your prayers! I am currently compiling a list of prayer intentions that I can offer as a focal point for each contraction. If you have anything for me to pray for, please let me know!