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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me?: Induction

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me?: Induction

It's the climax of all maternity movies — that pinnacle scene when the woman's water breaks and the frenzied couple race to the hospital. It's the day that you envision the moment that your pregnancy is confirmed — when your baby finally decides it's time to meet you. Well, that scenario didn't happen for me.

There was no scramble to pack a bag or pull into the hospital's unloading zone, just me in a sterile smock two weeks overdue and exhausted from having walked my feet off, had sex, indulged in spicy foods and done everything else I read would bring on labor, listening to my doctor say he was admitting me for induction.

The news thrilled my husband, but he wasn't the one signing the papers to have our offspring evicted from my body. I was, and hadn't planned on it. I hadn't had caffeine while pregnant, and now they were going to pump me full of drugs and force my child out. So, I cried.

But before I knew it, the pill they had inserted made me dilate and the dreaded Pitocin drip was bringing on contractions. The next morning, on leap year, my fashionably late and awe-inspiring daughter made her debut.

The books talk about the physical way most women have babies, but whether you are induced, have a c-section or adopt; it doesn't make any difference when you meet your child.

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melissabritt melissabritt 9 years
If you are really worried about getting induced (which you shouldn't really it's fine) you can try walking A LOT...having sex (with orgasms...climbing stairs..or you can ask your OB when you get closer to your date about rupturing your membranes. My OB did that and nature took it's course. Your body will kick in and start to tell itself to start to go into labor. Ask him or her about it. Seriously though, being induced is a slow process. It's not as scary as it sounds. ;) Hang in there.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 9 years
p.s. and all of his 'scores' were perfect...and I have 2 sisters with girls and they also were induced and both girls were considered 'gifted' in school, so you're not being pumped with a lot of chemicals that are goind to hurt your baby! It'll be just fine.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 9 years
I think the majority of doctors know what they're doing or they wouldn't be delivering babies~ I agree that 'due dates' are just an estimation fo the most due date was February 9th and my son came March 29th! I carried my son to 42 weeks and :woohoo: thank God for epidurals~ I contimplated the whole idea of 'I can do it myself with no medication because I don't want my lil man medicated and slow the whole process' pfft..........When I started having those labor pains (and it hurts!!!!!!!!!) I totally welcomed that epidural! I had a "hot spot" and thought I was gonna die because the pain was so bad but the anesthesiologist took care of it. As soon as he was born, from that exact moment he came out and the rest of that day I had forgotten any pain that I had! Pretty amazing! I was up and in the shower (oh so carefully and hunched over :rotfl: ) just hours after he was born.
melissabritt melissabritt 9 years
It's the 1st step of can't control anything! There is no "birth plan" other to have a healthy baby. Birth plans are created to give you an idea of what to sortof plan for but anything can happen in there. I have 2 kids. Isabelle came like a ton of bricks in the middle of the night. I had stitches galore. A year later I had Elliott who had to be induced. Frankly, being induced was a heck of a lot easier. Don't worry. You are not being pumped with a ton of chemicals. You are going to be fine. By the way epidurals aren't for sissys either. you still feel everything. You have to feel to be able to push. You still feel pressure. The pain sensation is blocked from your brain. Again, it's not crazy chemicals, it is a block in your spinal cord. Both my kids are fine. Be open to whatever might happen in there. You only have 1 chance to deliver your baby. Take it & enjoy it. However it happens it's amazing.
sonoma-b sonoma-b 9 years
Great post! Lots of the books and classes tell you to write a birth plan. My best advice is to not be bound and set to your birth plan.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
schnappycat- please don't worry. My water broke but I didn't go into labor. I had to be put on pitocin and then 6 hours later when I got my first real contraction it was a doozy, I wanted the epidural but they said it was over an hour wait. I said give me anything for the pain so they gave me some morphine. Then suddenly the epidural was available immediately. With all that "unplanned" stuff I had a perfect baby boy (oh yeah they had to use the suction and forceps to get him out). He never had any issues and is now an extremely advanced 9 year old. Guess what... none of it hurt him. Just go with what you and your DOCTOR agree with. Everyone has an opinion but unless they are my OBGYN I don't have to care.
colieoats colieoats 9 years
I experienced the ugly pain of Pitocin. My son had Meconium Aspirations in the womb. It was odd though, because that part of my child preparatory class I thought, "Oh that doesn't apply to me." Boy was I wrong. I was totally against an epidural, not only because I wanted to go "natural," but because I was scared to death of it. But honestly, I don't even remember the pain. I'm now pregnant with my second child and will be experiencing labor once again, but it's a pain that is well worth the result and, in my case, forgotten afterwards.
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
Yikes! Here at 31 weeks and I'm getting scared. I wasn't nervous at all about the labor/birth (and have no set "plan" in my head how I want/need it to go, as long as he is healthy), but now I'm starting to worry. I think I'm glad I still have SO much to do before then (nursery, holidays, etc) to keep my mind off of it. What happens, happens and that is why I don't have any expectations.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I'm not hostile. I disapprove. I don't think it makes them a bad parent or a bad person, I simply disapprove, and generally of the medical personnel who do it without indication. It saddens me that medical professionals recommend it and go along with it for no reasons. Repeat c-sections are medically indicated, and the reasons for needing an emergency one in the first place further indicate a need for repeat surgeries over vaginal birth. I have absolutely no problems with the inductions outlined in this thread, including the original LilSugar post. My opinions are based on other experiences.
facin8me facin8me 9 years
Greggie, I'm surprised that you'd be so hostile towards women getting induced or having c-sections without what you deem as "medical reasons," being that you stated above that if you didn't have a c-section that now forces you to have sections with the rest of your births, you'd be done having kids.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I am speaking of that being the ONLY reason. You've indicated medical reasons in addition to it. And yes, I know doctors who will induce at 38 weeks for no reason other than mom wants to be able to see a movie on opening day. That's not weighing possible problems and benefits versus risks. If someone wants to think I'm judgmental for a mother choosing her comfort/entertainment over her baby's health with absolutely no medical indication, I'm ok with that.
mrtruman mrtruman 9 years
Everyone is an individual and has to make the decisions on their own along with their doctor and spouse, weighing the risks in each instance. If the baby goes to 42 weeks and defacates inside the mother then that brings up a whole other list of issues to deal with. Thus, carefully weighing the risk factors for each decision made along the way is imperative. It bothers me when people make judgments such as indicating someone is selfish for inducing to "fit the birth of the child into your schedule because you just want to get it over with". That is such a one-sided take on the many issues at hand when deciding whether or not to induce.
msshellokitty msshellokitty 9 years
I was induced with three of my kids.My body just couldn't go into labor on it's on.
orangeflower orangeflower 9 years
I'm just so nervous to go into labor!! eeks! :) I'm hoping it goes naturally, but you can't predict how it will go...its not in our control. But, we pray, we hope and love our babies and our bodies the same.
sweetnshy5282 sweetnshy5282 9 years
However, I don't really agree with scheduling a c-section or induction simply to fit the birth of your child into your schedual or because you just want to get it over with. These procedures should be done only when necessary, not just because.
sweetnshy5282 sweetnshy5282 9 years
Both of my children were induced and for good reason. My son was over two weeks late and when he was finally born vaginally he was so big he shoulder got stuck and he had nerve palsy. It went away on it's own, but the second time around they played it safe and induced me right at my estimated due date to prevent the same happening to my daughter. (I have huge babies) inductions both went smoothly. It sucked w/ my son because he got stuck and it urt like hell when the docter had to twist and pull him out. But in my case, I really did put the memory of the pain aside after he was in my arms. The point is, delivering a baby is a very unpredictable thing. tTere can be all kinds of complications that no one can predict. Mothers-to-be should be ready for anything to happen, whether it is a smooth, natural delivery or a painful induction or c-section. Either way as long as you and your baby are healthy in the end, what else matters?
Greggie Greggie 9 years
"I don't think it's fair to say something natural like black cohosh is a risk but ignore the fact that pumping pitocin into your body to artificially start contractions carries it's own, scary risks. " I'm sorry, I didn't mean it to sound like that. I really was asking, not stating flat out that it's a risk. But it's also generally done without medical reason or medical supervision, as opposed to pitocin, which is carefully monitored. I did not ignore the risks of pitocin, though. That's why I said it bothers me that so many doctors induce for merely being "overdue" or because the pregnant woman wants to, rather than having medical reason like the placenta not functioning right.
bessa bessa 9 years
This is a great post. I know what you're getting at, Lil. I was dead-set on a natural, drug-free childbirth. Everything in my pregnancy went perfectly. But when my big baby hadn't dropped by 40 weeks, I was told I had to have a c-section to avoid possible birth defects. Of course, I ended up having to make that choice to have a c-section, but I wished I'd prepared for that option sooner. I cried for 48 hours when I found out I had to have a c-section. I was dead-set against even getting induced. I was so angry I was worried I wouldn't love my baby. I was upset up until they wheeled me into the operating room (and a healthy dose of fear took over). . Of course women know about inductions and c-sections, but they should think about them. If I'd thought about the eventuality of having a c-section sooner, it probably wouldn't have seemed so devastating to have one. . However, once they put my baby girl in my arms, I didn't care about the c-section one tiny bit. I just wished I hadn't skipped all the chapters in my preggo-books about c-sections - I didn't know anything!
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
EDD is just an estimate. I think women need to have faith in their bodies! Women were made to get pregnant, carry, and deliver babies! It's all designed to work. Those last few weeks are the WORST, but that's what being pregnant is all about. I don't think it's fair to say something natural like black cohosh is a risk but ignore the fact that pumping pitocin into your body to artificially start contractions carries it's own, scary risks. BUT... as long as the baby gets here safe, and the mommy is okay too, everything else will eventually fade into a memory.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Sorry, that was supposed to read that they WON'T work if your body isn't already preparing itself for labor.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Absolutely, ylatan. I agree with careful monitoring over the "due date" to determine that the placenta is still functioning, amniotic fluid levels are good, etc. For instance, it's actually pretty common at about 42 weeks for the placenta to stop producing fluid, and inducing at that point would be more than warranted, in my opinion. But also, the recommended "natural induction" methods will work if your body isn't actually ready for labor. Which means they really only speed it up by a day or two. And some are downright dangerous. Is it the black cohosh tea that can induce bleeding?
macgirl macgirl 9 years
My only hope for this time around is that they don't let me go 10 days over. That was the worst. While I hope to have a nice vaginal birth with lots of pain meds if it doesn't go that way it is what it is. I think I got half way through this pregnancy just assuming it would be like last time. Then it finally hit me that I don't really have control over it. I am ok with not having control. Bottom line getting my little guy out healthy is all that matters to me.
ylatan ylatan 9 years
an estimated due date is just that-an estimated due date. a week past that is not "overdue" and in normal pregnancies, there are no risks along with that. babies won't stay in the womb forever. there is also proof that the more interventions that occur, the more risk the mom and baby are at.
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