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Ugh I was so worked up about this ALL morning - and then had to wait an hour on getting to the hospital because they were running REALLY behind, and then I got the nicest midwife in the world for my appt, didn't even send for the doctor as I agreed to a stretch & sweep, and no induction date yet.
My urine is absolutely fine. The "bits" that were making it cloudy were just something random that happens (skin naturally shedding or something). It was dark again and he (it was a male midwife) said I was dehydrated, so I'm going to have to keep drinking from a bottle of water or something, because that's the second time. But nothing untoward there. So I can finally stop worrying about the swelling I had last week.
My BP was fine, measurements fine, baby's HR were fine.
Their plan for today was basically to convince me to have a stretch & sweep. I didn't need convincing, I WANTED a stretch & sweep! The midwife said he has a record of being good at them and most ladies go into labour within a few days. It didn't hurt, was a bit uncomfortable but fine, and he said it was a pretty easy one to do which is a good sign that things are gearing up anyway.
I am 1-2cm dilated, as soft as soft can be, and my cervix is anterior and short. Baby's head is at -2 so still not engaged but still in the right position. He could actually feel baby's head when it didn't seem like he was that far in! The midwife recommended staying on my feet, walking or using a birthing ball to try and keep baby's head pressing on my cervix. We did try to get a birthing ball from Babies R Us on the way home but they didn't have any. So I'm going to have to have a drive around tomorrow round the sports and chemist shops to see if I can get one. And if not, go for a BIG walk now I know the swelling is nothing to worry about.
This might not sound all that exciting to you, but consider that when my water broke with Daniel, it took 6-8 hours on syntocinon for me to get to 2cm dilated - and my cervix stayed hard, posterior and long for a long time. And Daniel's head was free floating / -4. So already, a week in advance of my previous pregnancy, my body IS in fact making some progress by itself. If it comes to an induction in the end, at least the conditions will be more favourable. I guess EPO has worked for me as far as effacement is concerned despite how gross it is!
If the sweep doesn't work I am booked for another appt next Monday for monitoring and a second attempt at the sweep. Then if that doesn't work they will book me towards the end of next week - 23rd/24th - for an induction, so they are giving me the full 42 weeks to go naturally. If it comes to that I have been promised I can have the new pessary first before anything else is offered, and the midwife said that the pessary causes most women to get into established labour within 24 hours and can be removed once contractions have established, whereas the synto drip, once it's in your system it's in.
So feeling much happier about things right now. I guess my body takes a little bit longer than some people's to bake a baby, but at least this time it's making progress by itself and at least this time I know what I do and don't want.
Thanks for all the support and for putting up with me!