I am 41 weeks today, and finally today I started feeling cramps & tightness in my back. I went to the doctor for my 41 week appointment, and I am about 80% effaced and 3cm dialated. Soon after the exam, my doctor (who is a GREAT doctor, that I very much admire) says "Well, we will get you scheduled for an induction - which will happen either tomorrow or Wed."
I asked her if we could do a NST first to determine if the baby is doing ok, and if we could schedule the induction for closer to 42 weeks - so maybe Saturday or Sunday. Her response was no, and that she didn't want to push too close to 42 weeks.
She mentioned that as you get closer to 42 weeks the chance of complications rises. I know that is true, and she said they would try to induce by breaking my water versus using pitocin or other drugs. I am just concerned that I'm about to walk into a situation of a very long and tough labor - versus trusting my body to know when it's time to 'go'. But then I worry that I'm being stubborn and that I need to think first about having a healthy baby.
I feel a bit like a failure - like my body isn't doing what it should be doing...is that strange? I am SO excited to meet our daughter, but was definitely caught off guard today with an induction being scheduled so quickly. I'm looking for a bit of support or words of wisdom from those that aren't as emotional as I am right now. Thanks for listening .