We were called and went to the hospital at 8 p.m. A cheery nurse did an exam and said I was one centimeter dilated, 60% effaced (up from 10% last week), and the baby was much lower. All good. In fact, she said I was in the ideal stage for the gel and induction.
She monitored me awhile and then administered the prostaglandin gel at 9:15. Then I was monitored for two hours to see how I reacted (and how baby is doing). Within 15 minutes of the dose I felt a steady, low-grade ache like menstrual cramps. The gel was doing its work (and still is).
At 11:15 we were sent home with instructions to call at 6:30 a.m. to see if there is room for us. As happened Wednesday night, if they are full, they’ll call us in as soon as there’s a room.
We were advised to get some sleep if possible. I aim to do that as soon as I hit “publish.”
Thank you for all the loving comments on the previous post. They really helped. After I wrote that I took a CD my parents sent — Music for Little People’s 20th Anniversary Lullaby Collection — and listened to it while lying down. Sweet dreams.Explore posts in the same categories: Journal, Motherhood, Pregnancy