The wife and I are 3 days shy of reaching the 37 week mark and are feeling a bit anxious about a visit to our obstetrician yesterday. Long story short (I'll try!) - a few days ago we went in for an ultrasound and all looked good, except the analyst laughingly joked that "it's going to be a big one!", guesstimating the weight at around 3.7 kilos (8.15 pounds).
We called up our obstetrician a nervously asked if this would be a problem, seeing as we still had three and a half weeks to go before the estimated birth date.
She had us come by yesterday for monitoring (all good, no contractions, just a few hiccups) and examined my wife's cervix and found it still closed and thick.
Now, the problem with our doctor is that she's a very fast talker and once she mentioned the words "Possibility of Inducing Labor" our heads didn't stop spinning until we left the office.
We're going to call her again on Tuesday to have her clarify a few things, but she wants my wife to take a rectal suppository called Buscapina (as it's called in Spain, where we live) but it's basically Butylscopolamine, a drug used to treat pain and discomfort caused by abdominal cramps, menstrual cramps, or other spasmodic activity in the digestive system - sometimes known as Buscopan.
She says this is to advance the ripening of the cervix.
Since arriving home, we've had a chance to read up on inducing labor, and we're both against it. We want our baby to come when she decides to come and not because labor is provoked by some chemical agent.
On the other hand, there are "natural" methods to move things forward, like eating prunes, sexual relations, nipple stimulation, taking long walks, climbing stairs, etc.
So my question is, will taking this suppository start my wife on a express ride to babytown? We're barely at week 37 and see no need to rush things along if not absolutely necessary for the health of the mother and baby.
Or would it be more realistic to comparing it to eating a handful of prunes - meaning, it'll help out and make the birth easier when it comes, but it won't be provoking the labor.
Thanks for any input!!