I am 38 weeks now, and it has been suggested that I be induced (on the 18th of April).
The reason I have been given is that I have been to the hospital 4 times with worries about reduced movements.
However the first time I went I was told I wasn't feeling the movements because the placenta was at the front. The second time I had a really bad virus and was coughing severely all the time so my stomach was constantly tense and in pain because of this, hence I couldn't really distinguish between baby movements and pain from all the coughing.
The third time I didn't go because of reduced movements I went because the Midwife had taken a measurement and thought the baby was small, however following a scan all was yet again fine and the baby is actually on the higher end of the normal development track.
At my last midwife appointment (very shortly after the scan) the midwife again had a lower size estimate but pointed out that the scan was more accurate and it's quite subjective which was good.
I explained that I was yet again ill (coughing and blowing my nose a lot) but she didn't think much of this.
The midwife said that the movements would feel different as my pregnancy went on, when I said there had been a slight change she said 'if I felt any changes I should go to the hospital'.
Now feeling more anxious I spent a worried night coughing and sneezing. Although I was feeling movements throughout the night and next day, I was now paranoid that I wasn't sure I could feel the baby moving quite as much, so from the midwifes advice felt I should go to the hospital. SO the next day feeling very ill and confused I called the hospital who told me to come in.
All was fine with baby who again measured just on the top end of the growth chart and had healthy flow through the umbilical cord and a good heart beat.
HOWEVER the doctor told me that now because I have been in complaining of reduced movements 4 times he recommends I be induced on 18th.
Having read that this can be more painful and the baby's lungs may not be fully developed, plus the fact the baby is healthy I am not sure I agree with this recommendation.
I have now been more diligently recording the baby's movements per hour and there is a definite pattern of activity which I had been vaguely aware of previously, with baby moving throughout the day but mainly late evening and morning.
Soooo I wondered if anyone has any advice please, I have to make a decision by my pre-induction appointment tomorrow!!!