UPDATE: I ended up having a c section on July 22. It wasn't at all what I wanted but after weeks of becoming more and more swollen and more and more miserable, and then my blood pressure getting high, coupled with the fact that my baby measured over 10 lbs at my last ultrasound and my OB was worried about her shoulders getting stuck, I reluctantly agreed. I spent most of that afternoon in tears. I wanted a completely natural, drug free birth with as few interventions as possible and I ended up having the most medical delivery possible. I eventually got over it and now I have a beautiful, healthy 15 day old baby girl named Mattie Gwendolyn. She is absolutely perfect. My recovery has been somewhat of a pain. It hasn't been that bad really, but I'm the type of person who HATES depending on other people and not being able to be on the go constantly like I'm used to. I've had to really slow down and ask for help these last 2 weeks. Fortunately my grandma stayed with us for a few days that first week. I don't know how I would have gotten through it without her! Anyway, Mattie & I are both doing well and adjusting to life. She is nursing like a pro and sleeps really well too (most of the time). She is such a joy and I am truly blessed to be her mommy!
I have had an ongoing battle with my OB since I was diagnosed with GD. First her concerns were that my baby was going to be enormous and she wanted to induce me at 39 weeks because of the fear of shoulder dystocia. I am not comfortable with being induced as long as the baby is doing ok and I am fine just because she MIGHT be big and COULD get stuck. I have NSTs twice a week and ultrasounds once a week so I am being heavily monitored. At 36 weeks my baby girl was measuring 6 lbs 6 oz-not so big after all, in fact, pretty average from what I've heard and we all know ultrasounds are not always accurate for predicting birth weight.
At my appointment yesterday when I told her I did not want to be induced, her response was "well the longer a pregnancy goes on with a mom who has GD, the greater the risk of stillbirth. But it's up to you. But once a baby dies, there's no turning back. A dead baby is a dead baby." How's that for a scare tactic???? I have been looking all over for actual statical data but so far have come up empty handed.
Like any parent, I would do ANYTHING to make sure my baby is healthy. But I don't want to be induced just because of a liability or convenience issue for my dr. I have talked to other moms about their induction stories. I am just so overwhelmed and confused right now. I'm just PRAYING I go into labor all on my own within the next 2 weeks. Then induction wouldn't even be an issue. So far though I haven't even had any Braxton Hicks contractions. My OB will check me at my appointment on Monday. I'm hoping to be at least a little dilated.
I could really use some expert advice and/or opinions. As much as I have LOVED every single second of being pregnant, I really can't wait until it's over just so I never have to deal with my OB again (and of course because I can't wait to meet my baby girl).