My second baby was 9 days overdue. This may not seem like a long time in the scheme of a pregnancy, but if you have ever been pregnant, you know that at the end, doing just about anything is a serious challenge. Sleeping. Eating. Bending over. Standing. Being awake. Nine days in this state is an eternity.
6. Most importantly, monitor yourself and the baby. Keep in close contact with your doctor or midwife, Women in prolonged latent labor are often encouraged to induce or have a c-section. I know I was desperate and tired– if my midwife had encouraged me to induce, I would have. Luckily, though, she encouraged me to be patient (so very hard!). She even said, “Enjoy this time,” and I had to resist the urge to sock her in the face. But she was right. My baby just wasn’t ready yet.
In the end I was able to have my beautiful daughter naturally and she was healthy– so worth the (long) wait.
Mad love to you mamas out there experiencing prolonged latent labor. We have been there too, and it is no picnic. Dig deep in your heart, do what you need to do, and in the end the most important thing is that you and your baby will be happy and healthy together.
Do you have any tips for women experiencing prolonged latent labor?