Yesterday I went in for a routine appointment at my midwife's and decided to get checked. (I had declined last week, but so many people asked me, I figured I should have something to tell them.) Turns out, I was 100% effaced, dilated to a 6, and baby was at a +1. Heather (my midwife) kept saying, "She's just right there!" There were two assistants that asked, "How are you even walking?!" Uhhh… one step at a time? I didn't realize I wasn't supposed to be walking. :D I honestly had no idea that I could possibly be this far along. I had felt a few, what I assumed to be, Braxton-Hicks contractions, and I've been uncomfortable, but having never reached this point in labor before, I just assumed it was all just normal end-of-pregnancy woes. Turns out, they've been productive! Who knew?
I really wanted my sister, Jalin, to be there for this labor, since my mom is gone on her mission, but she lives 10-12 hours away, so it didn't seem likely that she'd be able to actually be there for labor. To make matters worse, her husband is going to be out of town starting next Tuesday and will be gone for a week. So in order for Jalin to come stay with me for a week, I needed to go into labor right away or wait till my due date of Feb. 3rd*.
All things considered, we decided to try a natural induction. This is much different than a medical induction. From what they told me, a natural induction includes some capsules (
So we're doing that tonight in about 20 minutes. Wish us luck!
*Due date is Feb 2 according to my LMP and Feb 3 according to the ultrasound.