Got up early to take Yasmina to the hospital for 9am this morning. I’ve just come back home quickly to have a little time to myself before I return. It already feels like it’s been a long day, and labour hasn’t even started yet.
Here in France they will not let a pregnancy go beyond 5 days after term. In Yasmina’s case following a scan on Monday, they reduced that because there is not a lot of extra amniotic fluid and so the risk to the baby of constriction in the umbilical cord on natural birth is increased. Therefore this morning the appointment was for hormones to encourage the cervix to dilate since it wasn’t dilated at all. Yas was on a monitor all morning but still her contractions are too far spaced out and irregular.
So I’m waiting to find out if the cervix has started to dilate to see if the second phase of other medication to encourage contractions will happen. It could be that overnight nothing will happen in which case tomorrow will see more “encouragement” followed by the chance of a caesarian on or before Friday.
Yasmina is doing fine and is in her room in maternity where I am paying over 4â‚¬ a day (this may or may not be refundable via our medical insurance) just for her TV to work. The state have a massive hole in the health budget, but TV rental is a high margin operation! They should rent out Internet access too. Modern mums would love to be online I’m sure, and they could fleece them for even more per day.