Post # 1
Just curious, I am 40 +2 days…they have my induction scheduled for Monday the 23rd. I know that I have plenty of time to go before then, but I was wondering, is it bad to be induced if I’m 41 weeks? I mean, shouldn’t my body just start labor when it’s ready? I want this baby of course, but if my BP, baby’s heart rate, aminotic fluid, etc. is good then why do they induce? I heard something about the placenta not working as well after that point. Did any of you ladies tell your doctor not to induce you? Thanks for your thoughts!
Post # 3
I personally do NOT want to be induced unless there is risk to the baby. If I go over-due, I’ll wait it out as long as my doctor lets me.
I don’t buy the claim “the placenta stops working after x-weeks”. That’s now how nature works, and the placenta doesn’t have a magical timer that shuts it off once a certain day hits. A week or two extra is not going to have the placenta shut off. (Not to mention, calculating due date by your last period versus your ovulation date, the due date is often different.)
Post # 4
I feel that there is no exact way of knowing when you became pregnant so there is no exact time to know how far along you are. Yes, there are meausrements and test that can be done, but only your baby knows when it was created.
With that being said, to me, induction is rushing things. I think the body knows when things will happen and when the time is right. I am not saying wait longer than you can physically handle, but just enjoy the process if it happens on it’s own. Don’t let a doctor push you into doing something you know you aren’t ready for. Good Luck!
Post # 5
My mom is a doctor in Europe. When my FSIL was having her baby, I told her about the induction and she said that is the most stupid idea she has ever heard of (I guess over there inductions aren’t that popular). Idk about being so radical, but my FSIL had a perfectly happy and healthy baby a week after her due date, and he came very naturally. I would avoid induction unless the baby or the mother is in danger. It just feels like forcing things, and according to my mom some babies are naturally early or late, there is absolutely no reason to induce labor unless someone’s health is being compromised.
Post # 6
I have started reading up on labor/delivery and am hoping to avoid induction as long as possible. I want to try to wait until my body goes into labor on it’s own unless there is a medical reason to induce. That being said, I don’t know how I will feel at 40+ weeks (24 weeks now) so I don’t know if I would change my mind when faced with the option.
Post # 7
@MacFaniam24: I am 40 weeks and 2 days as well! I REALLY REALLY do not want to be induced, so I’m trying my best to stay active and do everything in my power to make sure I go into labor naturally. My OB told me they wont like to let women go past 42 weeks due to there being a possibly higher risk of still birth, plus the baby keeps getting bigger and the fluid keeps going down, but I honestly dont want to be induced!!! Fingers crossed we both go into labor asap and avoid the dreaded induction!!
Post # 8
I don’t believe in it either. When I was born I was 18 days late, and I was 7.5 pounds and perfectly fine and healthy, as was my mom (although she was super ready to get me out!). I always think it’s funny to hear now so often about induction, and I have to wonder how likely it is that the baby just won’t come and will be in danger?
Post # 9
Unless there is a danger to baby or mother, inducing is just going against “nature”… unless the baby doesn’t want to come out after a reasonable time period….then the baby and mom are in danger.
Post # 10
@MacFaniam24: I am not preg, but I do not believe in inducation. I selected a hospital-based midwifery practice for my women’s health issues and my – eventual – pregnancy because they will not induce, even after 42 weeks, unless there is something wrong or signs of fetal distress.
Post # 11
I think it’s unecessary unless after 42 weeks or for a valid medical reason. I want so badly to have a natural birth and have read that the cesarean rate is increased with inductions, since it basically sets you on a medicalized path with lots of interventions. I hope that Baby T will come on his/her own before the point where my doctors would want to induce (in France there is no way they would do it before 42 weeks). Hopefully your LO decides to come before Monday!
Post # 12
I was born induced. It was less controversial in the 70’s. But I turned out fine 🙂
Post # 13
I do not believe in induction. I was induced at 39w 5d with DS and it was a horrible experience. I hope to never go threw that again. My doctor said she will allow me to go to 41 weeks before induction. Obviously it is my choice but she doesn’t like waiting longer then that. I personally feel it is overly done and I do not want any meds at all when I am in labor.
Post # 14
I don’t not believe in it. Me and both of my siblings were born via induction when we were past our due dates (11 days, 5 days, and 5 days and we were fertility drug babies so they knew EXACTLY when we were conceived). My mom had no other interventions and we all turned out great.
That said, when I have children, I would like to have as natural of a birth as possilbe which includes not being induced unless it is medically necessary.
Post # 15
I got induced with my son 6 days early and he came out fine and I will probably get induced with this one too (only 17 weeks now) because, though there is nothing medically wrong with me, I have heard stories about people who have gone past their due dates and lost the baby for one reason or another. One girl I know lost her baby because he was too big and the cord wrapped around his throat and killed him a few days past her due date. Someone else I know had her baby too big and went into labor but the baby got stuck and wouldn’t come out and they took too long doing a c-section and the baby died. There are all these reasons why I’m afraid of going over my due date but not everyone feels the same way. I’m not saying induction should be done for everyone, I just feel that it’s right for me as long as my OB says it’s ok.
Then again, Albert Einstein was born almost an entire month late and look how he turned out. lol
Post # 16
@JessisGirl: Totally 100% agree with you on all points!! 🙂