Went to the doctor today - I'm now 34 weeks pregnant...and it is a wonderful milestone to reach. If the baby were born now he would have as good a survival rate as if he were full term. Whew! I'm so excited to be that far along...although it also makes me nervous to be that close to delivery! I'm not sure I'm ready to have a newborn, but I'm definitely ready to have my body back so I guess it's one or the other!
Everything is looking fine and normal with the pregnancy - and the doctor confirmed that I am indeed carrying the baby really low...thus all the nerve pain in my back and legs. He is head down (low low down) and he has a favorite position with his rear end on one side of my tummy (making me all lopsided) and his feet pushing against the other side. You can actually see these two little bumps where his feet are pushing - it's crazy! Dr. said that usually when women carry a baby that low it means a quicker delivery...here's hoping.
So the reason I'm tempted is that he also gave me the option of being induced early to avoid the chance of being in the hospital for the 4th of July holiday (I'm due on the 7th). I've never had a doctor offer to induce me early purely for convenience and I must say at this point it sounds really appealing. I've been all gung-ho this time for laboring in the tub and trying to avoid an epidural. But if I get induced that concept is out the window. I was induced with Josh and I know how much more painful it can be. But the trade-off of delivering early may just be worth it. AND even more of a consideration is that if I am able to schedule the delivery, I can plan for babysitters and eliminate all the worry of wondering who will be available to help with my other kids, as well as making sure Mark is nearby since he works in SLC and normally rides the bus which might make it tricky for him to get home if I were to go into labor mid-day. Then again, maybe I will just go into labor early on my own and that will answer the question for me. I was a week early with Holly and Ammon...so there is a good chance. Mark is on a business trip in Mexico City so I haven't yet gotten his opinion...any advice anyone?