I'm getting my membranes stripped at my doctor's appointment tomorrow if I've started dilating and effacing. I was still pretty closed up at 37 weeks, but have been having a lot of cramping and contractions for the past 2 weeks so I'm hoping that's a good sign. Anyway, IF I've made some progress and IF the stripping of my membranes doesn't work, we've talked about inducing at 39.3 weeks (Wednesday). I'm still undecided on this.
My preferred labor would be a natural one; where I'm free to walk around, get into the tub, basically do whatever feels right at the time, and I know that wouldn't be the case with induction. There is no medical reason for me to be induced. My husband works 10 hour days with a 3 hour commute total added on to that (so 13hrs away from home) for 8 days straight. After his 8 days on, he has 6 off. We have a 2 year old and I'm honestly very nervous about being up all night with the baby and then managing the two of them during the day all by myself, at least for the first week when we're still trying to adjust. The doctor told me that she'd be fine with inducing me this Wednesday so that I'd have the baby just in time for my husband's 6 days off. I know it's selfish, but I feel like I really need that extra help. I don't want either of my children to get less attention than they could be getting, especially my toddler who will be adjusting to the baby.
What would you do in my position, or have you been in a similar position and have advice?
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