I am 40 weeks TOMORROW! Baby's due date is TOMORROW! Ahhhhhhh! Couldn't you just squeal in delight?
So we literally just got back from my 40-week midwife appointment, where the midwife checked and found.................... I'm only 2cm and 50% effaced. Slight improvement from last time for sure but with all the EPO I've been using I would've thought at least 3cm and 75% effaced. Oh well! It's not indicative of anything at this point anyway.
She asked me what I wanted to do and I told her to sweep away! Can I just say that hurt in a way that nothing has hurt before. I don't know why it did... maybe because the cervix was so far up and still not dilated very much. I could feel my face turning bright red while she did it! Ugh! And there was blood, too. Yeah, I think it was nice and swept for sure.
Baby is finally in the correct position (anterior) and she is -2 station. A station is where babies head is in relation to the cervix. -3 is far up, 0 would be at the cervix and +3 would be crowning to give you an idea of what that means. AND she guessed baby to be around 8 lbs at this point, maybe a little less.
I want to also add that during the internal she checked out my pelvis and said it was beautiful and large! So she said there shouldn't have been reason for my Abigail's collarbone to have broken during her birth. She read the entire birth account that Abby's doctor wrote out and nothing indicated shoulder dystocia and that her descent into the world was actually very normal and perfect. Which leaves me with my original assumption- the doctor is at fault for pulling on my baby's head.
And finally she said there is now a "nice bulgy bag of waters" after she was done sweeping. So hopefully that means, if baby drops some more, my water could break and take the guesswork out of everything. Ha ha!
So far I just feel sore. We'll probably go on a walk later, even though I already went on a walk today, because it is gorgeous out. Having a few strong but painless contractions since as well.
This appointment made Daniel start to freak out. It was really cute actually. He actually said, on the drive back home, "Jesus, please let Zoe come... at a convenient time!" Just for that I hope I go into labor at 2am. I'm such a nice wife!!!
If the membrane sweep doesn't kick labor into gear then we'll do an amniotomy next Tuesday, which is an artificial rupture of membranes (in other words they take a crochet-hook type instrument to break the bag of waters).