S.D. asks from Topeka, KS on March 12, 2009
Due on Friday and No Signs of Labor
I'am on my 3rd pregnancy and hoping that @ my last appt. I was further effaced and dialted to have my membranes stripped well that didn't happen so I have to go in next Wed. to see the Ob and be induced no later than Friday.We agreed that the due date maybe off a couple day's so no rush to be induced.But i'am feeling so overwhelmed by when is labor going to begin.I still do thing's around the house and go shopping and everytime I get contraction's they subside and aren't strong enough to send me in to L&D.What have other mom's experienced spontanous labor or went ahead with induction.I must say my other labors were great,no pain medication and went like clock work.All pregnancies are different but you hear the 1st is the worst and they get easier from then on,well i'll see about that.
So What Happened?™
My Baby Girl is here!!!Almost a week old and we are doing well.She was born in less than an hr.Waiting 2 days past due date well that was hard.
E.S. answers from Kansas City on March 12, 2009
RELAX!!! I was two days over due with so far my one and only. She was due Feb. 13 2008 but labor didn't start till around 3 am the 14th and I didn't have her untill 2:04am the 15th. I know its hard to wait but it pays off. I honestly would just wait for labor to happen on its own instead of planning an induction. but each person's preferences are different. also just depends on if it is an easy pregnancy or life situations call for a planned delivery. lucky for me I didn't have to plan much.
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V.M. answers from Kansas City on March 12, 2009
Try not to stress over it too much, I know it's hard! I felt the same way when I was waiting for my 3rd child to be born! Try to savor some 1on1 time with your 2 children or your husband. I was induced with my 3rd child and had his birthday scheduled. I did worry that I could go into labor before the due date. I was 3cm for 2 weeks and 4cm for 1 week, some contractions, but not strong enough either. Like you, my first 2 labors were great, but my 3rd labor was the best ever, no pain, easy and over in 1 hour! Best of luck to you!
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C.S. answers from St. Louis on March 12, 2009
Why is your Dr. so dead set on when you have your baby? That is STUPID! Unless there are signs of distress or you are developing complications, there is no medical reason to induce beofre 42 weeks! My first son was born at exactly 40 weeks. My second was born at almost a full 42 weeks. Babies come when they are ready. I had the kind of contractions you are talking about for weeks before my youngest was born. He came when he felt like it. He took 26 hours to get here. Most professional organizations do NOT encourage induction for reasons other than signs of complications because of the increased risk of labor complications and c-sections. Make your doctor give you SOUND medical reasons for induction. You have a choice. Research the information online. You may be surprised at the stats. Most babies are born AFTER their alleged due dates. an average of 3-7 days. I have never experienced induction. I believe in trusting my own body. What I have heard and read is that a natural labor is much much easier than an induction. Also, inductions can end up in a c-section because they are often ineffective. They can produce contrations that are not strong enough to dilate and efface, so they keep increasing it and then it ends up causing contractions that cause you and the baby distress. Pitocin is a medication often used. I took a birthing class with my first child and part of our "homework" was to research the pros and cons of pitocin and cytotec. The information is overwhelming. I really encourage you to look at ALL the available information. I know many peopke are tempted to look at information that promotes the use of these medications, but look at it all and make an informed decision. Your doctor cannot force you to be induced. If he threatens to fire you, no big deal. If you show up at the hospital in labor they have to treat you anyway. Your doctor only delivers you if you go into labor during office hours or he happens to be on call that day, so your chances of your doc being the one that delivers you with spontaneous delivery are less than 50% anyway. Also, looking at it from a total devil's advocate position, if there are no problems to prompt induction, the dr. wants to do it for his convinience.(sp?) They like to induce Mon and Tues and occasionally on Wed. Even with a c-section (of which your odds increase with induction), you are out of the hospital by Friday. Hmmm. You have to do what you feel is best, but the Dr. doesn't always tell you that you have a choice. Good luck. I hope you go into labor before you make that decision!
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H.S. answers from St. Louis on March 12, 2009
Oh you poor thing...the waiting game sucks!!! I just had my 3rd and hopefully last baby 8 weeks ago, so I can totally understand how anxious you must feel at this time.
Good luck and congrats on the baby :)
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