We have a little progress happening! This week I'm 2 cm dilated and 30% effaced. My cervix is very soft and Ellison's pelvic station is at -2. So, we're heading in the right direction! During my exam, my OB asked if I wanted her to strip my membranes. Surprise to me...I wasn't prepared for that question! Basically, she said it could speed up labor by a few days. So, if baby was planning to come Saturday she may come Thursday. If she's planning to come next Friday, she may come next Wednesday. Sounded good to me...the sooner the better at this point! It was definitely uncomfortable, but not terrible. Ellison has been super active ever since, so I think she was annoyed by it. :-) Dr. Rogers said there's a 50/50 chance it works to speed things up. If me and baby are ready for labor, things will start happening. If we're not quite ready yet, nothing will really happen. So, now we just wait and see.
One positive outcome from today's appointment is that Dr. Rogers thinks that now we can schedule an induction a little earlier than 41 weeks if we need to. Because things are moving along and my membranes have been stripped, if she doesn't come by her due date we can call the induction medically necessary instead of elective. Worst case scenario, if she doesn't come by Sunday, we can schedule an induction for Thursday, September 6. Hopefully, she'll come before that all on her own though! We shall see...
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