Post # 17
I haven’t gone through this yet myself (not pregnant or TTC yet), but I have a question. My best friend had to be induced, and she said the doctor’s reasoning is that there a new studies that show that the quality of the placenta decreases as you go past 40 weeks, so there is a risk of the baby getting less nutrients, oxygen, etc, the further you go past your due date. I think they can usually judge that based on estimated weight gain of the baby, so with my friend they wanted to induce because their estimates made them think the baby wasn’t gaining enough weight in her last few weeks. Has anyone heard that from their doctors as well?
Post # 18
I know this isn’t exactly the perspective you are looking for but I’m sharing anyways. I wanted a natural birth and ended up getting an epidural during labor bc it hurt… They gave me pitocin at 8 cm bc my contractions weren’t being “effective enough” (even though they got me to 8 just fine, but whatever). Anyways, If I were you I would push back on being induced right at 40 weeks, especially if you would like a natural birth for two reasons 1) Pitocin contractions are much worse than normal ones and 2) If the induction doesn’t “work” you are more likely to end up with a Csection if they break your water during the induction bc you are on the clock. My doctors wouldn’t let me go past about 41.5 but I would’ve scheduled it for the latest date that they would let me. My son was born at 40w6d and I went into labor on my own. Going overdue was not fun, but I’m happy I did it that way. I read somewhere that average gestation for 1st time moms is more like 41 weeks and I dont think there is significant deterioration to the placenta before 42 weeks. My dr does an ultrasound at 40 weeks to check on the baby and the fluid levels and will then let moms go overdue if all looks good.
Post # 19
Both of my pregnancies were overdue and not induced. The first one was only two days, and I had a natural intervention free delivery in the hospital. My second was 8 days late, and I had a natural intervention free delivery at home.
Good for you for sticking up for yourself! I was not effaced or dilated at all at 40 weeks for my first baby, and I went home from tht appointment SOBBING because the OB brought up induction AND C-section. My water broke two days later, still not effaced or dilated, so they immediately started pushing for pitocin, but we were really insistent that we’d be delivering naturally and my doula actually asked an unsupportive nurse to leave.
Unless something goes wrong with your pregnancy and they find out that your placenta stopped working or something, stick to your guns. You don’t have to agree to induction. I think it’s ridiculous that they’re even bringing this up before your due date if you’re healthy! You WILL go into labor and you will be able to deliver naturally – you got this!!
Post # 20
I’ve heard of plenty of women who have been induced and not needed an epidural. Epidurals are given much more often than they are needed to in the States and lead to more complications as they paralyze you from the waste down. Lots if women need episiotomyies after an epidural and those take weeks to heal. If you need quick and effective pain relief gas and air works wonders.
Post # 22
thanks everyone! hopefully it just doesnt come to that and i go into labor before feb 4th…. i wonder what would happen it i just flay out did not go to my induction??
Post # 23
My mom was induced with my brother and she went completely pain med-free. Then again, she’s a bit of an amazon, so I wouldn’t expect that to necessarily be a realistic choice. But good luck, whatever happens!