Post # 1
I am currently living overseas and don’t have the option of delivering with a midwife, which would have been my preference. I basically have the choice of 3 different OBs and their beliefs are all pretty much the same about induction.
During my last appointment my doctor said she likes to induce between 40 and 41 weeks. Is this common practice in Canada, US, or UK? I feel like I wouldn’t even want to talk induction until after 42 weeks, and then only of there was a medical reason to do it. When I voiced this, she didn’t seem too receptive.
What is everyone else’s experience with this?
Post # 3
My practice does inductions between 41 and 42 weeks. Won’t let you go past the latter.
Post # 4
My OB will let me go 10 days past my due date before inducing. I am on board with this. I would not want to go past 42 weeks as the risk for infection increases, and you’d have to try to push an even bigger baby out (ouch!).
Post # 5
I think it is pretty common for OB’s to not want to go past 42 weeks, many start considering it during the 41st week.
FWIW, I was induced with both my babies- vaginal, easy births with no complications.
Post # 6
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@Monny: I asked my OB about this on Friday and he said that he’d let me go 10 days past my due date and I asked if I could go to 42 weeks before we try induction and he agreed but said no further. I would prefer the baby just come on its own, but if we were to go further than 42 weeks I’d want very close monitoring so that we could know baby will be safe still.
Post # 7
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My office won’t let you go to 42 weeks. I’ve bargained with my doctors, and they said, as long as all is well, they’ll let me go until 41+5 or 6 before inducing. I hear a ten day max past your due date is pretty common in the US.
Post # 8
@Monny: Same here as many bees above. My midwife says risks of complications start to increase at 42 weeks, so they will induce if baby doesn’t show by then. No going over 42 weeks.
Post # 9
My doctor said he won’t let me go past 10 days. I’m especially comfortable with this because I’m very confident of my conception date, if it was an estimate that could be off by several days, I may be a little nervous that the due date could be miscalculated.
Post # 10
I think it varies from doctor to doctor… some don’t see the need to let anyone go beyond their due date, others will let you go as far as 42 weeks. It depends on the provider, as well as any health issues with mom or baby (preeclampsia, GD, low amniotic fluid, etc)
I was 8 days past due, did not want to be induced, and had an uncomplicated med free vaginal delivery.
Post # 11
I asked my OB about this. I don’t want to go past 40 weeks personally. I believe that since I was charting and know my exact dates my due date is quite accurate. Since babies are born at 40 weeks gestations and are fully developed and ready and can survive. (that was the biggest importance to me) then why keep them any longer than need be. My ob agrees and states that the placenta actually becomes less sustaining after 40 weeks, it starts to die off i guess.
Post # 12
I’m not actually sure, but thanks for the reminder for me to ask about it at my appointment this week!
Personally, I’d like to avoid it at all costs, but will follow my doctors lead about it when the time comes.
Post # 13
My doctor here in mexico does it at 41 weeks. he says after 42 weeks it can be dangerous for the baby. i hope it wont be necessary =S
Post # 14
@BelleriverBride: Even for charters who know exact dates, it’s important to remember that a due “date” is really just an estimate, not a hard-and-fast marker. Babies mature at their own pace and there is natural variation in when they are truly ready to be born – the “due date” is the statistical peak of the bell curve, but arrival dates can and do vary within a week or two on either side of it, and for first-time moms the statistical average is several days later than the 40-week mark – in other words, it’s “normal” to be “late” with your first pregnancy. Ethnicity is a factor, too – on average, Caucasian women’s pregnancies go several days longer than those of women from other ethnic backgrounds.
A 40-week baby is certainly fully developed and can survive just fine, and won’t suffer major harm from being induced. But, in the absence of a compelling reason to induce, the optimal way to go is to allow labor to begin spontaneously. Doctors don’t fully understand the exact hormonal actions that cause labor to begin, but they do know that it’s initiated by the fetus and not the mother’s body. In other words, the baby decides when s/he is ready to be born, and gets things going. Induction sidesteps those final phases of maturation – the baby is more-or-less “fully developed,” but if labor hasn’t started, there are a few final touches that haven’t happened yet, because the baby’s body hasn’t yet sent out the signal that s/he is good and ready to be born.
Post # 15
When I was pregnant, my OB would let me go to 42 weeks, but no further. However, due to pre-eclampsia, I was induced at 37 weeks. For what it’s worth, my induction wasn’t bad at all. It was pretty fast, especially for an induced first birth (less than 9 hours start to finish). I was still able to have a vaginal birth and there were no complications.
Post # 16
Thanks everyone for your responses. I just pray this baby comes on its own and on time! I really, really want a completely natural labour and I’m so worried that if I get induced all that will go out the window – that I’ll have to get an epidural to deal with the contractions, then increase my risk for an assisted delivery or C-section.