I seem to have dropped the ball on promising another post yesterday…
But anyway, yesterday morning we went to the OB for Parker’s non-stress test. In short, the mother has fetal monitors fastened to her stomach which are then hooked to a machine. These monitors track the baby’s heartbeat and the mother’s contractions. What the doctor wants to see is a strong baseline heart rate that increases during movement and stays steady during contractions. In the nurse’s words, Parker must have read the book on non-stress tests, because he passed with flying colors!
With that out of the way, we were able to see the OB much earlier than expected. After his examination, he decided that we would best be served by scheduling an induction. For three straight weeks, there has been no noticeable change in my wife’s status that would suggest that Parker is going to be born on his own, at least before the 42-week mark.
After waiting anxiously while the doctor scheduled a date, he told us that we will be checking into the hospital Monday at 8:00 p.m.
Induction, in this case, is going to be a two-step process. Monday night, my wife will be given prostaglandins to sort of ‘ready’ her. In some women, that’s enough to induce labor, but most likely, Tuesday morning, she will then be given the synthetic hormone Pitocin in order to actually induce the labor. While Parker could really be born anytime between Monday evening and early Wednesday morning, the OB seems to think it will probably be sometime Tuesday afternoon.
But to us, it doesn’t matter. It’s just nice to finally have a tangible date to look forward to. While labor could still occur on its own over the weekend, and we certainly hope it does, to know that we’ll have our son no later than Tuesday or Wednesday, it’s a good feeling.