Pregnancy Update – 38 Weeks

Unbelievable that I’m sitting here writing 38 WEEKS!

The past two mornings Adam and I woke up to the glorious feeling of sunlight shining through the windows. I snuggled into the crook of his arm and whispered, “This is what it feels like to wake up in the morning on your own, not to screaming kids.” Most nights one or both of our kids wake us up in the middle of the night. But here was a sign that we were finally rounding a very tough corner in child rearing.

What were we thinking getting pregnant again?

Last week my Non Stress Test was good. The Ob/Gyn appointment showed me still 2 and 1/2 cm dilated. She mentioned that next week, if I was still pregnant, we could talk about inducing.

The comment rubbed me the wrong way, but I didn’t say anything. Instead I went home and did some research on the internet. I do trust my doctor, but my instincts were telling me that waiting until labor seemed the natural and best path.

I realize that modern science has made infant mortality decrease drastically. We have come such a long way. I’m amazed that we can now create life in a petri-dish. But there are still so many things we don’t know, like what makes women go into labor.

I found many comments about doctor’s inducing twins at 38 weeks, but no real reason for it. Some mentioned aging placenta, but I couldn’t find a study confirming it.

Anyway, I’ll listen to what my doctor has to say and try to keep an open mind. Who knows if we’ll even make it to this talk?

Stretch Marks

Tuesday morning I met my friend Pam in the park and told her about possibly being induced. She was induced 3 times, all with good experiences. Then she told me about a friend of hers who was 40 weeks pregnant and decided against getting induced. Three days after her doctor’s visit she found out she was leaking amniotic fluid and subsequently had a still born child.

It was then that I stood up and felt a gush in my underwear. I’d been feeling these for weeks in increasing amounts, but just thought it was a bladder control issue. I went home and searched leaking amniotic fluid online. Most blogs said, if you are unsure, get the ph test.

So that afternoon I found myself in triage, checking to see what exactly I was leaking.

Turns out the babies are fine, and although I’m leaking a lot, it’s not amniotic fluid.

As of today, the twins have actually lasted longer than Jack did in my body.

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