Saturday, April 3, 2010

A little talk about induction

Now for the word on everyone's mind: INDUCTION

A few things for everyone to remember:

1. We didn't have an ultrasound to determine a due date until well after the 12-14 week cut off - but for reference, the ultrasound due date was March 22nd

2. Based on my cycle, which I charted for almost 2 years prior to getting pregnant, I don't have a typical 28 day cycle, which is how they determine a due date when basing it on the first day of your last period.

So here's the deal.

The first day of my last period - based on a 28 day cycle - would have landed us at a March 24th due date. BUT, because my cycles are longer than 28 days, we have to add 5-7 days to that date - make sense? This puts our due date between March 29th and March 31st.

Which means that since it's now April 3rd, we are most likely only 3 days past due.

During our first BPP ultrasound, Friday March 26th the baby's head measured at 39 weeks, 3 days - which would also align with the late March due date.

There have been no signs of fetal distress, low levels of amniotic fluid, or any placenta degradation.

For us, we are focused on educating ourselves before being scared into doing something that isn't necessary for our son, and at this stage, there isn't any medical reason to induce labor.

As I mentioned in the last post, we had another BPP yesterday and saw more improvement on his position and no signs of anything to cause concern. Next week we're potentially going to go see an obgyn with our midwife and he will conduct a stress test to provide us with more information on the boy.

But until then, we're readjusting our thoughts and resting in the peace of the knowledge that he is healthy and thriving and it's just not his birth day yet.


mary said...

Thanks for the info. You're so thorough! Glad to hear all is well on the baby front. And on the Meg front.

Melanie said...

I just saw your pregnancy update on facebook with the note at the end about induction post coming, and I thought "I can't wait!" And then I saw you already had it up!

They measure from the first day of your last period?? That seems crazy! We're not all 28 days!

When my mom had me in 1979, the doctors told her her due date was something like March 22, and I was born April 11. And she was not into questioning medical advice in those days - her doctor just let her go. And I was born 7 lbs. 8 oz., generally considered perfectly healthy. ;)

Happy Girl said...

Great posts and let me add I am SO GLAD that induction is not being pushed in anyway. I never knew that about the cycle, so interesting. Thanks for keeping people updated. I am glad to know the place YOU and ANDY are in and able to rest in the peace of it all. Hope we can chat tomorrow. love ya.

Flo Paris Oakes said...

Good job Meg! What thoughtful parents from the beginning.. SO proud of you.
It's so hard to be patient, and do the best thing for your babe (along with hearing a million people tell you you should induce) but you ARE being patient, and doing the right thing.
Love you!

sufferingsummer said...

Flo said it well.
Stellar parents from the get go.