35 Weeks Induce Labor?

Updated on May 21, 2013
A.Y. asks from Fresno, CA
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Hi I am 35 weeks 5 days pregnant with baby girl number 3. I have been dealing with pre term labor issues since about 20ish weeks after a terrible bout of hyperemisis as well. I went to the dr last wed and was dialated to a "1 almost 2 and 50%". This was after I was seen for the billionth time in L&D for pre term cramps and contractions and was dialated only to 1 on Monday. So these cramps and stuff are causing progress again. Dr says if I go into labor they won't stop it now. My next appointment isn't for a week am a half in my 37th week. Is it okay to go ahead and start trying to get myself to go into labor on my own now? I've been having contractions and bad cramping but that's been normal for me for months. I haven't lost my mucus plug so I don't believe labor is too close. I just don't know if its a wise idea to let my body try and do its thing now, or if I should sit and not move until my 37th week. Even though its my 3rd baby I'm still super anxious about the timing of my labor and being caught unexpected lol. I'm afraid I won't know. Even though I know, I'll know.

Anyway, I was just wondering your guys' thoughts or suggestions. What you would do in my situation type thing. Thanks in advance!!

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I guess I chose poor wording. I didnt mean for me to induce labor on my own. I was more concerned with wether or not my normal activities would pose a problem. I understand that I can being dilated to 2 is not a big deal except for ive been stuck at a 1 for months and now im starting to obviously progress. Im almost 37 weeks now and baby is still cooking. but thank you for your guys advice =)

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answers from Dallas on

NO!!! You want that baby too cook as long as you can. I saw high a high risk dr. most of my pregnancy. He said even though you are nearing the end, even having a baby 3- 4 weeks early, puts the baby at higher risks for all kinds of illnesses as an infant. Babies born earlier, are not typically as healthy of infants. They also tend to have colic. They have bigger chances of learning and behavior problems down the road. (This is experts and science talking, not me!)

I also started having preterm labor issues, but around week 24. I had Hyperemesis gravidarum from the beginning to the end of pregnancy. My doctor wanted that baby to be in there for as long as we would manage it. She had me rest as much as possible and made me drink a gallon of water a day. (To avoid any amount of dehydration, which can cause early labor.)

For the record, I was dilated at 2 for 4 weeks. In fact, I never even went into labor and had a c-section 3 days before my due date. (Other complications made a c-section necessary.) Don't start labor. Every day that baby is in there, benefits the health of the baby. Full term is not at 35 weeks 5 days, for a reason. Just because, they won't intervene, does not mean that it's the best time for a baby to be born. After 36 weeks, it's easier to birth a baby then to keep it inside. That does NOT mean, that you want to kick start it. Let things happen on their own.

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answers from Philadelphia on

I would just live life normally...labor will come when the baby is ready. Personally, I rather the baby have more time to get bigger and stronger so I would not actively try to get things going. Best of luck for a quick, safe delivery.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

The closer you get to 40 weeks, the less likely the baby is to have both short term (lung) and long term issues. Even 37 week babies have more issues than 40 week babies. Don't do anything to try to induce labor (not that it would work anyway).

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answers from Boston on

I find it nuts that you are considering trying to get yourself going into labor. Every day that your baby is inside is another day to grow stronger and healthier. Each day in there lessens your chances of visiting your baby in the NICU for days or weeks, seeing him or her hooked up to IVs and monitors and other equipment until he or she is strong enough and healthy enough to go home.

Really, having your labor start at an inconvenient or unexpected time is much better than having your child born earlier than she or he has to be.

I hope this is just your crazy pregnancy hormones thinking - please take good care of yourself and your baby. I hope you have a good delivery and that he or she is born in perfect health with no complications. Sounds like a nightmare of a pregnancy and I can't imagine how hard it has been to manage this with two other children. Just hang in there for however many more days or weeks your body can hold the pregnancy. It will be over with before you know it! Best wishes to you and your family.

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answers from Chicago on

The longer your baby stays in your body the better. My oldest son was born at 36.5 weeks, and he had to be intubated and given steroids to help finish his lung maturation. The only thing in your favor is that your baby is a girl, and girls' lungs mature faster. Your baby is not "full term" yet.

My son was only early because the cord was wrapped around his neck and I wasn't feeling him moving, so they did an emergency c-section. That, combined with the immature lungs, led to a 13 day, $70k NICU stay. Babies who are born pre-term have a whole bunch of potential problems, including ADHD, which my son (now 6 yrs old) was recently diagnosed with.

ETA: Have you ever had a baby in the NICU? Terrible experience, no matter how good the care is. My son had several blood draws each day, heel sticks, ultrasounds, and even a spinal tap when one of the nurses suspected menengitis. The NICU is a last-resort life saving measure for our babies, not something to be risked for our convenience.

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answers from Hartford on

Please don't try to go into labor now. You really don't know if the baby is developed enough. She might be "big" enough but she's still underdeveloped and could have lung issues and other underdeveloped organs. She's simply not a fully developed baby yet, which is why they've been stopping the labor. If she were born now she would have better odds of survival now than she would have a week ago or prior to that simply due to how much she's developed since then. Not because of her size.

I honestly would be doing everything possible to stay hydrated, continue trying to eat as well as possible, rest as much as you're able, and just take good care of yourself. Let that baby stay inside as long as she can. There's simply no reason to rush her out.

Being only 1 cm dilated is nothing. You could be stuck at 2 cm dilated and 50% effaced for a while. Let it stay that way. Don't encourage it at this very early stage of prodromal labor.

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answers from San Diego on

I would just live life normally until labor happens on it's own.

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answers from Detroit on

Baby will come when ready. 40 weeks is ideal. Even a week early isn't as good as 40 weeks, though often you have no control. There are just too many problems with early babies, that often don't show up until these kids are much older...into their 60's, heart problems, etc. So, live normally and I hope baby waits a bit! Good luck with the labor and congrats on the impending arrival!

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answers from Dover on

The longer before you go into actual labor the better. Although at this point they won't stop your labor, the longer before your baby arrives the better it will be. Now, that doesn't mean you have to be on bed rest, but you certainly should take it easy, and not "try" to go into pre-term labor.

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answers from Jacksonville on

I would NOT "try" to start labor now. If it happens, and your doctor says it is best not to intervene further, then fine... but don't go looking for trouble. Every pregnant woman is ready for it to be over when you get near the end. But every day that your baby stays in the womb is another day for his/her lungs to develop further, or other growth that happens best safely inside your womb.

If there was some pressing reason that would make your baby safer outside the womb, your doctor would say so. He/She isn't saying that.

I'd sit with my feet up as much as possible, and try not to start active labor. If it happens, then go from there. But the best way to take care of your baby for the next couple of weeks is to let them stay in your womb.

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answers from Tampa on

I remember my OB telling me that they don't intervene to stop labor after 36 weeks, so that sounds about right to me. I would not actively encourage labor personally. Just go about your regular routine...

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answers from Minneapolis on

At this point I wouldn't go "trying" to get labor started (By that I mean frantically searching google for ways to start off labor and then doing those things - Long walks and such), but I also wouldn't avoid it by laying in bed all day and not moving.

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answers from San Francisco on

It sounds like it's too early. My friend had her baby 5 weeks early and she was a preemie. I think she was under 5 pounds. I'd be careful to try to avoid having the baby early, although you must be miserable. I also had a friend who was induced when she was full-term but she said when she saw her baby she thought "he needs to go back in." He was long and very skinny. I think it's best to let labor come naturally when possible. Good luck to you!

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answers from San Francisco on

The beginning of labor is a huge coordination between your body and the baby's body. When the baby is ready she will help trigger natural onset of labor. Sounds like things haven't exactly been picture perfect so I understand that you're anxious to get things going to the next phase but the longer you wait the better for so many many reasons.
Try to focus on the healthy full-term baby you will hold in your arms in such a relatively short time.
I think "1 almost 2 and 50%" is not what you should focus on. Don't think about those numbers because they have nothing to do with how fully developed your baby is. And, frankly, that's not very far dialated or effaced for 35 weeks.
Hold on Mama!

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answers from Fort Collins on

Too early! Wait as long as possible. Pregnancy lasts 40 weeks for a reason. Try to give that little one enough time to develop properly so you don't have health or developmental issues to deal with after birth!

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answers from Anchorage on

I would never try to purposely jump start labor so early. I would put myself on bed rest and so everything I could to try to keep the little bun in the oven until at least 37 weeks to give the lungs the best chance at being fully formed and ready to go.

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answers from Minneapolis on

Yes it is too early. Be patient mom, this baby will come when it is time. Let her continue to develop in the womb.

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answers from New York on

Sit tight for a couple more weeks. I was 4cm dilated early with my first son.
Do not try to bring on labor. Every day the baby stays in the better off she will be. Be patient.

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answers from Wausau on

You should be resting and trying to prevent preterm labor, not trying to speed things up.



answers from San Francisco on

Let your body go into labor when it's ready. My friend lost her mucous plug, dialated to in between 2 and 3 and was having pre term labor at 28 weeks. The doctor didn't put her on full bed rest, but modified bed rest and told her to really take it easy. She thought for sure her baby would come early. The baby arrived safely and was only 3 days early. You never know what can happen.



answers from Dallas on

Being a 1 at 36 weeks with a third child is not considered making progress.... I was 5 and 90% for 10 weeks with my 2nd(and that was with terbutilene pills and injections to stop labor regularly), and 4 and 80% with my 3rd for a few weeks. I know you're ready, but try to hang in there - you're not really ready or in danger, so I don't see why you'd need to sit still - just take it easy and you'll see your beautiful baby girl soon :)



answers from Boise on

I feel for you! I am always anxious to hurry up and have this baby in those last, long weeks of pregnancy. With my second baby I was dilated 3 cm for weeks before my labor really started, it was crazy! But of course it's best to just live your life as normally as possible and let the baby decide when s/he is ready to be born. You can take walks and have sex, those may help to move things along, but don't resort to anything drastic or potentially dangerous. Best of luck!



answers from Phoenix on

Those last few weeks feel so very long!! If your doc has not recommended restrictions, I would just live life for the next few weeks. If your contractions have not led to dilation yet, your body is just getting ready. With my second, I had contractions for about 4 weeks before I delivered nearly 2 weeks LATE. She will come when she is ready...but I totally sympathize with that wait!!


answers from Erie on

At 35 weeks, the ears haven't even finished forming yet. The lungs are still developing. There aren't any creases on the bottoms of the feet yet. NO midwife I had would have let me go into labor that early if we could help it.

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