- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2008
You have tons of time to still go into labor spontaneously. I had inductions scheduled for both of my children and ended up going into labor on my own both times. Also, I was not at all dilated or effaced before I went into labor with my first.
If you do need the induction, don’t worry. I have 3 close friends who were induced, and all of their labors were shorter than my natural labors. (None of them had c-sections either.) That’s anecdotal, but my point is that you shouldn’t assume that induction will necessarily make your labor drawn-out, more painful, etc.
As for all your prep, well, you never know how birth is going to go anyway. I have lots of friends who prepped intensively for natural birth and ended up with a c-section, for example. It happens. Just think of it this way: knowledge is never wasted! You can apply those lessons to other areas of your life.
As for sitting around eating Krispy Kremes, I’m just confused. 🙂 My doctors didn’t let me do that regardless of the type of birth I was hoping for.
Remember too, your natural hormones kick in and calm you considerably. Trust your care givers, I was induced due to water breaking, took 24 hours after that, but all was OK, I was really unable to help push until I got the epidural, then I was a champion.
You will do great, all your prep work is going to pay off big time for you and your baby regardless of the induction.
My coworker at my old clinic was induced at 37 weeks. It was her first baby and she was suffering with a severe case of PUPPS and her doctor suggested it as ‘mercy’. I’ll spare you the details of the severity of her case of PUPPS….but she was in so much agony she jumped at the chance to get it over with a few weeks early. She was in labour for 26 hours. She held out on the epidural until she hit 6cm…and then tapped out. She did describe enduced labour as ‘shitty’…but she said she’d do it again for sure if she gets PUPPS like that again with baby #2.
I was scheduled to be induced February 26th at 6 pm, which was a day after my due date because I had gestational diabetes. When I called in, there were no beds available & I actually started getting contractions at home. The hospital was supposed to call me when a bed opened up, but it was taking too long so I went to the hospital.
By the time I got there it was 4 am on the 27th & I had been contracting for about 10 hours! The nurses seemed pretty dismissive about my pain because it was my first baby so they thought I was exaggerating. NOPE! I finally was checked & was already 7 cm dilated!
Fast forward through my epidural, my son had a bowel movement while still in my belly, my water broke, & we both were running fevers. After 42 minutes of pushing he was born at 1:42 pm jaundiced, but healthy & I was fine after 3 blood transfusions & a trip to the OR to patch me up. Lol
I was induced at 39 weeks due to IUGR. I think having a small baby helped my experience, but honestly, I had a pretty great birth. I did take the epidural – I always planned to anyway and pitocin contractions are rough. I was also unfavorable for induction so I took cytotec, but i still had a quick birth. I took the cytotec at 9:30 AM and had my baby by 10:30 PM. 13 hours start to finish and I didn’t even start pitocin for several hours. It doesn’t always take forever even if you’re unfavorable!
I know you don’t want the epidural, but I personally felt like mine let me enjoy the experience despite having to be induced. My family came and visited me and I just enjoyed their company almost right up until it was time to push! It helped me take my mind off being scared and now I just have great memories of everyone I loved being with me on the best day of my life!
Good luck! I hope you are able to have a birth experience you enjoy, even if the circumstances aren’t ideal!
The most current research shows 42 is just as safe as 41. I would spend some time doing research. I had midwives and was supposed to do the castor oil cocktail at 41 and 5. But I went into labour at 41 and 4. I would not start planning an induction until 42 weeks though. I did need a stress test done though, at 41 and 1, and all was fine. But this is your choice, bee. And you do have some time. And just because your are not effaced or dialted does not mean it can’t happen really quick. 😉
As for a non stress test, that is just good info to know. It will make sure baby is happy in there. At my non stress test they told totally me baby was 10lbs + and that I should agree to an induction. I said no. Baby stayed in 3 more full days and was 8lbs 9oz. So big yes, but no where near what they said, and normal for 41 and 4. I also ten to measure big, but I have a short waist, so I think that the +/-1cm like they say is really not a huge worry. Talk to you DH, and have a lot of sex. Maybe your cervix just needs a little help.
Yes, my plan is to try and induce naturally next week. Eat all the spicy foods, drink red raspberry leaf tea, take extra long walks, do squats, bounce up and down on my birthing ball, tell the baby that life is better on the outside… Hopefully something works.
You can start doing all that now, It won’t make baby come if baby isn’t ready. And evening promrose internally. And look up the castor oil cocktail. I did not want to do it, but would have. It uses lemon verbena and peanut butter I think. My midwives swore by it, but only after 41 weeks. Semen is really helpful for softening you cervix though. I know sex is weird that the end, but it will help.
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