Finally! I have finally passed the 38 week mark in this pregnancy and am full term. My little guy will be here any day now. I’m excited. I’m ready. And most prominently, I’m nervous. So many worries go through a mother’s head. Some are legitimate. But some, some are just silly. Here are a couple things that had my head buzzing in the last couple weeks of my pregnancy.
Water Bursting in a Way I Don’t Notice
We’ve all heard embarrassing tales of the women whose water burst in public and they were left standing there looking as if they had wet themselves. This isn’t my worry. My worry is that I sit down on the “potty” and in mid-stream, it breaks and I mistake it for simply an overly full bladder. Or I’m standing in the shower and I can’t tell the difference between the burst and the stream of warm water already flowing.
Not Realizing I’m in Labor
With my first pregnancy, I never really had to time my contractions. At 41 weeks, no dilation and no contractions by that point, I was sent to the hospital to be induced. This pregnancy at my 38 week appointment I was dilated to 1.5 cm and was already experiencing the tightening that comes with contractions. The snag comes in though, that I have a naturally high tolerance to pain. My fear is that I won’t feel the pain of “real” contractions and will mistake them for just Braxton Hicks and won’t go to the hospital.
I’m Going to End Up Delivering in the Car!
I live in the middle of a corn field. There’s no other way to say it. My doctor and the hospital I want are over an hour away in good weather conditions. I’ve heard that labor is a much quicker process with the second child and my fear is that I will deliver on the side of the road along the way to the hospital.
You might be wondering what my doctor’s reaction to my silly questions was. She laughed. She promised that those occurrences are rare. The chances of them happening are slim to none. However, I’m not console. I am after all, one of the rare people to get pregnant with an IUD inserted. In fact, both of my children were conceived while I was on birth control. In this area of my life I seem to be the exception, so until this kid comes out safely in the hospital, I will probably continue to fret of these silly things.