Full term in the midst of the olympic buzz

Last night we celebrated hitting the 37 week mark while watching the opening ceremony of the olympics. For us the countdown to the olympics has had a very special meaning because it’s taken us almost as long to get to this point as it has taken London to make the olympics possible. Now it’s all happening right around the corner from us here in East London while we are waiting in anticipation to meet our little baby boy. Everything is buzzing with a typical London combo of excitement and chaos. The chaos part is the worrying bit, because the hospital where I’m giving birth is right in the epicentre of it all. In fact it’s the officially designated hospital for the olympics. Not that the maternity unit as such will be affected by that, but the journey to the hospital will…

On Thursday 2. August we will get a taste of how difficult it is going to be to get there. I’m having a ‘membrane sweep’, which is the first step in the process of induction they have planned. We have been told that they want to ensure that I do not go over 40 weeks because it’s an IVF pregnancy. Apparently there is a higher risk of stillbirth when overdue because the placenta does not work as well anymore. Whether this has more to do with higher maternal age than IVF as such is difficult to say since the two factors often coincide. In any case, we do not see any reason to take the risk so we will go along with the plan.

A membrane sweep is viewed as the natural approach done prior to medical induction. It involves manually stretching the cervix and sweeping inside to try to encourage the release of prostaglandins, which are hormones that help trigger labour. It sounds rather unpleasant, but if it means a chance of avoiding medical induction it is worth the try. How effective it is is questionable. Presumably there should be about 50% chance that you go into labour within 48 hours. But it depends on how ready the cervix is at the time. If it doesn’t work they will do another one a week later. If nothing has happened by my due date (17. August) it will be time for medical induction. By then the olympics will be over, so it will be easier to get to the hospital. But I’m so hoping to avoid medical induction and I’m also just ready for him  to come out now. So fingers crossed for an olympic baby!! 🙂

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4 responses to “Full term in the midst of the olympic buzz

  1. Omg I forgot about you being in London. How crazy! Can’t believe they are trying it so SOON! Im due 18th, & we’re looking at around 11-14th. Our friends had that done two weeks ago & gave birth 9 hrs later, but that was at 40+3 so I guess she was well & truly ready. I hope it all goes ok & the Olympics don’t mess with your labour too much!

    • Yes the membrane sweep is very soon, but it’s because they want that two week period to try to get it going without medical intervention before I hit the 40 weeks. Are you also having a membrane sweep as a first course of action?

      • Dont know yet! think they were talking gel on cervix….but I’ve had an interesting day today…so stay tuned….something pre labour-y going on but not really sure. Its a wait and see at this stage. Hope you’re going well!

  2. It’s really an Olympic fever going on. I watched the ceremony as well, must have been one big party in London last night. Hope you’ll be fine when it’s time for going to hospital. Best of luck!

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