I am currently 37w3d and have a scheduled c-section for next week I’ll be 38w1d… My c-section was scheduled only because I have some retinopathy and new spots since I’ve been pregnant. My doc said that if my ophthmologist didn’t recommend a c-section, then she would induce me at around 38w… maybe a little closer to 39 if things continued to go well. And actually, I am speaking with her today about whether she will still induce me and then use the forceps instead of me pushing (bc of my eyes)… so she is still willing to consider NOT doing a c-section!!
I really think a lot depends on how well things are going for you individually and what experiences your doc has had with t1 pregnancies in the past… Mine is ULTRA cautious because I think she may have had some experiences that indicate a need to be, but I didn’t ask and I don’t want to know! It was likely with t1 diabetics where were not under great control, though! She has monitored me extremely closely since I’ve been in the 3rd trimester. I go in every week and get weekly HELLP Panels and collect 24 hour urine samples weekly (fun!). If she saw any indication that I needed to be delivered, she would… but thankfull that need has not arisen!!
37w is considered full term for ALL pregnancies, not just diabetics. I really do think that the best thing you can do is to not try to plan what will happen, because so much is up in the air, and like every single pregnancy experience out there, no two are alike. Just do the best that you can and take it all one day at a time! That’s what I did, and somehow I’ve made it here!!
I’ve also chronicaled a lot of this on my blog, if you wanted to check it out: Facing New Life as a Born Again Diabetic (thisismysos.blogspot.com)
Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions… I am certainly not the expert, but I’d be happy to share my own experiences!!