Friday, August 10, 2012

11 Days and Counting...

In exactly 11 days I am being admitted to the hospital and the induction process will start. As much as I love being pregnant, I am ready for this to be over. I have reached the point where I am so uncomfortable that I can hardly function and all I do is cry. The SPD is now causing my hip to pop out to the point where I stand up and my left leg is completely rotated inward. I have also started getting horrible cramps in my calves while sleeping that leave me limping for days. The one new thing that I am really struggling with is the swelling. I haven't developed full-blown cankles like Hillary Clinton but I do have pitting edema from my ankle bones all the way up to my hips. With how awful I feel right now, I can't believe that I complained of being uncomfortable at 30 weeks. That was nothing and I would give my left kidney to be "that uncomfortable" again!

I am starting to become quite anxious about the induction. At his point it looks like it is going to be a closed induction, which means an induction with no dilation of the cervix. I have been taking Evening Primrose Oil for a couple of weeks now to soften my cervix but it isn't doing anything. Today my cervix was completely closed and still high. Even the doctors who were skeptical about my cervical stenosis being an issue are now starting to believe that my cervix isn't going to dilate...even with heroic measure. They told me that the induction process can take up to 72 hours. When I arrive in the morning they are going to use Cervidil to see if that helps to dilate me and that process takes 12 hours. If I dilate a bit, they will insert a balloon catheter to further dilate my cervix and that takes another 12 hours. If the Cervidil doesn't work I may have to use Cytotec and that can take up to 24 hours and that could possibly be followed by the balloon catheter. When I dilate enough they will start Pitocin and hopefully my body will do what it supposed to do. If not, they will section me. From everything that I have read, and have been told, more than 75% of closed inductions end in a c-section. This doesn't sit well with me at all! I have no problem with having a c-section, but I don't want to be in agony for 72 hours (with no food) just to end up in the OR anyway. I obviously want to do the right thing but I think that if my body makes no progress within 24 hours that I am going to ask my MFM just to do the section. I am worried about being off of my blood thinners for so long; I am worried about my gestational diabetes after not eating for days; and I am worried about the effect all of this is going to have on my CVID. I don't need any problems. I am praying to God that within the next week that my cervix will show some progress so that I don't have to worry so much about all of this. It is almost over...


  1. You never know with a cervix like that! Mine has always been a pain in my keister! Doesn't want to stay closed in pregnancy, then doesn't want to open during labour!

    Hopefully though, your induction will go well, if they can get your cervix open enough to insert the balloon, chances are it will work to break up some of the scar tissue and eliminate the stenosis (I ended up with stenosis after my vaginal cerclage- they were able to break up the scar tissue manually, and my cervix opened just fine after pitocin). If not, a c-section is not the end of the world. It's not fun, but the end result is unbelievable.

    I wish you all the best of luck with your induction!! Hope all goes well and you get the birth you're hoping for!!

  2. WOW --so happy for you that the "end is near" and that you got soo far!! woohoooo!!! :)
    CONGRATS!!! i'll be thinking of u the day of your induction.

  3. Happy 38 weeks yesterday! I hope all is going well. The end is in sight!

  4. Thinking about you and missing the anticipated "38 weeks" post this past Tuesday. Hope all is OK!

  5. Hi! I'm Alexis! Sending you lots of luck with your induction!