Post # 1
Im 33w5d today. I had an OB appt this morning and they have offered me an induction at 38 -39 weeks.
Bit of background info, I fell pregnant in 2007 and was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia and delivered a stillborn at 27weeks gestation. So far this pregnancy has been completely textbook. My bp is good, no swelling, no protein and just no problems. Baby is a good size (a little on the bigger side).
I did ask what the reasoning was behind the induction and how he felt about it. He advised that they offer the induction to mothers who have had a stillbirth in the past as your chances can increase of having another stillbirth, although very minimal. He said its not complusory and I am welcome to wait and let nature take its course. I have been pretty nervous this whole pregnancy. I have been looking forward to the normal waters breaking labouring at home experience but the more I read about how plans tend to go out the window in labour im wandering if an induction is better for my peace of mind…Ugh I have no idea!
Anyone with any induction experience please share how you felt about it? would you do it again given the choice? did you feel like you missed out on the labour experience? Im not entirely sure where I was going with this post so just looking for some advice!
Post # 3
@MeeShell: I was advised to have a c-section with DD, so although its a little different, I sometimes wish that I could have experienced a “normal” delivery. That said, I almost always do what my drs advise so that’s just me. I wasn’t forced to have a c section but my daughter was very large and the drs felt strongly that she wouldn’t fit through the birth canal.
Post # 4
i dont have any advice but im going to be induced at 38 weeks because im having twins… but I dont really have to much of a say, although im okay with it.
Post # 5
I know someone who was induced but that was like she was pregnant (allegedly) for like 10 months. No jokes! I think that this is false because neither her, nor the doctors knew exactly when she got pregnant. She missed her period for several months in a row and didn’t notice it. (And she’s an MD!) Anyway, one day she was feeling horribly sick and went to the doc and was notified that she is pregnant.
Baby was born just fine. He is now 2.
Post # 6
@Sasha2011: technically 40 weeks is 10 months ! Lol
Post # 7
Honestly, if everything was fine right now at 33 weeks, I wouldn’t concede to an induction. I’d just let them monitor me closely and see how things go for the rest of the time. If something starts to go south, they can always induce then. But an induction is the number one thing I don’t want with this delivery because I think they’re overused and often not medically necessary. I definitely would not make that decision as early as 34 weeks.
Post # 8
@MeeShell: I’ve been told that they will want to induce me at 38 weeks (I’m currently 33w1d) because I have gestational diabetes and am insulin dependent. At first, I was pretty bummed about it. But with all the annoyances and potential complications of the GD, to be honest, getting to meet my girl 2 weeks early and get off the insulin is great. Plus, then I won’t have to play the “am I in labour, or is just BH” game, so an induction I will have. And then my aunt (who is pretty much my mom) who lives out of town will have a heads up on the delivery and she’ll hopefully be able to schedule the time off work to come.
Post # 9
The chances of an induction succeeding (i.e. ending in a vaginal delivery) depend on your Bishop score (assessment of your cervix’ readiness for labor and birth) when you start it. If you are worried about the induction failing and leading to a C-section, you may want to delay it until you know that your Bishop score is favorable – that means that your body is ready to give birth and the induction is likely to go smoothly.
However, if you’ve been through a stillbirth due to preeclampsia, maybe the risk of C-section isn’t that big of a concern, and you may want to go ahead with it to make sure you get the baby out before there are problems.
Best of luck to you and your LO, whatever you decide!
Post # 10
@BellaDee: “technically 40 weeks is 10 months ! Lol”
Not really! 365 days per year / 12 months per year / 7 days per week = 4.3 weeks per month. So 40 weeks = 9.2 months!
Post # 11
First, I am so sorry for your loss!
I was not induced but was told from the start that because of my high blood pressure they did not want me to go passed 40wks. At 36wks they started checking my progress, and by my 38wk appointment I still had zero progress so he mentioned c-section. At this time I wanted to go naturally so I asked him to wait and see what would happen. The following week still no progress and my blood pressure was slightly elevated but NST showed baby was perfectly fine. He once again mentioned getting baby out, but I still wanted to wait. At 39wk5dys I had another appointment, still zero progress, so I gave in and asked at least to try induction and scheduled it for the following Monday. Well he showed up on Friday of that week at 40wks1dy, and I went into labor naturally.
In my case I am so glad I didn’t give in. At the first sight of distress I would have given in but because everything looked ok I am very glad I held out.
Post # 12
I would avoid getting induced if at all possible. Your doctor seems to have suggested it, and not recommended per say. I would get followed closely and get an induction if it becomes needed. I’ve been induced with my first child and it was very unpleasant – not that natural labor is pleasant, but it was reeeaaallllyyy painful (like, you go from nothing to “end of labor intense and frequent contractions” with no preparation.
Post # 13
I was offered an induction (actually it was advised) because around 7 months I had this horrible all over, rashless itching that never went away. We thought it was PUPPS but I didn’t have a rash. Anyway, since no one knew what it was (there was also a possiblilty it was from a liver issue, luckily it wasn’t since I would have been induced at 37 weeks instead of 39 because my baby would have been at risk if it was my liver) I was advised to be induced. The itching finally went away around 3 months post partum and they never figured out what caused it. The induction tends to be harder on your body because your contractions are forced so they are stronger. But it was kind of nice to know when my baby was coming.
Post # 14
And it’s very common for 40 weeks to be considered 10 months since we count in weeks instead of months to be more accurate, so 4 weeks = 1 month in prego world. I know it doesn’t add up though lol. Just like being 4 weeks pregnant when you first pee on the stick and get a BFP, so that would mean your 2 weeks pregnant on the night you conceive… it’s all crazy 🙂
Post # 15
Thanks for your replies ladies! I wrote this post a couple weeks back. Im now 36 weeks and have chosen to take the induction between 38 and 39 weeks. I spoke more with the ob about the reasoning behind it and he suggested that because I have a history of stillbirth it puts me at a slightly higher risk of subsequent stillbirth and thats just not something I am willing to risk. Im not too concerned about the pain being higher than a normal labour, I was induced with the stillbirth too so its really all I know and I have come to terms with the risk of C-section. Ultimately I just the baby to be here safe no matter which form he chooses to enter the world. I have huge faith in the high risk doctors and feel they wouldnt recommend it if they didnt think it was a good decision.
Post # 16
@MeeShell: Good choice! You’re right, labor sucks anyway, induced or not lol. Hoping for a healthy delivery for you and baby!