Due date: in which we discover exactly when Baby C will be putting in an appearance
My EDD is 31st January. Which, as my football-loving husband keeps joking with me about, is also the football transfer deadline day (for those of you lucky enough not to know what this is, it’s the date when the footballer club-to-club transfer window shuts in a flurry of last-minute moves, and a big fuss on Sky Sports News).
31st January has always been very much an estimation, as only 4% of babies actually arrive on the predicted date. I always assumed I’d be overdue anyway; my mum was around ten days late with all three of her pregnancies, and I’ve never been on time for anything in my life. At our birth chat with the midwife, we discussed how it’s standard to induce women at 40+10 in this area, so those were the time parameters we were loosely thinking around.
However, I had my final appointment with the consultant this week where she told me that this wasn’t to be the case; if there’s no early appearance from Baby C then they will induce me on my actual due date. This can take a few days so, all being well, we should definitely have a baby by February 4th.
It’s only a slight change of plans, but putting a finite date on the baby’s arrival is incredibly exciting and also slightly daunting at the same time.
I can’t wait to meet the baby, but have to admit that I’m not that keen on the idea of being induced, mainly as a result of my stay on the induction ward earlier in my pregnancy. But it’s necessary as the placenta becomes less effective the more overdue you get, and I’m at a higher risk of anything going wrong with it due to my blood condition. So the consultant explained that this the safest thing for me and the baby, and obviously I’m happy with that.
Plus, spurred on by the early arrival of the first two babies from our NCT group, everything is pretty much ready and hospital bags are packed. So I guess now we just have to sit tight for the next 3 and a half weeks, and then go in on the last day of the month if nothing happens sooner. Even if it does mean someone has to catch-up with the last minute football transfers that evening on Twitter and not on the TV…
Since finding this out I’ve also been told some really positive stories about inductions (and if you have any more I’d love to hear them!)