Tuesday, January 1, 2013

I held her in as long as I could!

So lately I keep hearing all these commercials or reading articles about how important it is get to 39 weeks of pregnancy before having your baby. All these things keep saying how all this important brain activity occurs during those last few weeks and how babies born early can have complications and developmental problems. 

And it kinda freaks me out.

Fynn was born at 38 weeks and 3 days. Not quite 39 weeks. Now, most of these ads are about "elective" labor. Inductions or elective c-sections. I get it, they want women to stop planning their labors because it's convenient or because they want baby born on a certain date. That wasn't the case with Fynn. I started dilating early on my own. I thought I was in active labor at exactly 38 weeks, went in and was 4 cm. 3 days of contractions later and I went to my 38 week check-up. We discovered that I was 6 cm, so my Dr. wanted me to go to the hospital. And then she stripped my membranes (still don't know exactly what that means, but it hurt like crazy). She said it would help things progress.

Was this a type of induction? She was coming in the next couple of days any way. I was already 6 cm. I was being admitted to the hospital that afternoon... but maybe I was supposed to continue that slow (oh, so freaking slow and painful) labor that I had been having for the past 3 days... if I had kept that up I probably would have made it to 39 weeks. But there's no way on earth I could have had a healthy, unmedicated birth after a few more days of that. Those 3 days alone were exhausting enough.

Okay, I'm rambling. I'm not even sure why I'm writing this. I just keep seeing and hearing things telling moms to wait until 39 weeks. And I did. So the mom-guilt continues and I feel bad about not giving her those extra couple of days to bake... as if I could have controlled it.

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