I have had 3 full term births and 2 out of the 3 I gave birth 2.5 weeks early due to a medically necessary, scheduled induction.
My first birth I went into labor naturally at 40 weeks 1 day but did receive pitocin during labor to speed it up (due to heart rate deceleration in my son) about 8 hours into the 12 hour labor.
My second birth was my first full medical induction at 37.5 weeks due to a dangerous heath complication during my 8th month of pregnancy. That labor we took the induction much slower and after a 15 hour labor my daughter was born.
My third labor I was induced again at 37.5 weeks this time because I was taking daily blood thinner injections due to my clotting disorder and to safely deliver I had to be off the medication – but also to keep me safe I could only be off the medication for 6 hours. So we induced again much harder this time and I birthed Babe E within 5 hours.
Induction does not always have to be bad though – click through for my tips on how to have a positive scheduled medically-necessary induction:
1. Make a birth plan: Even though you won’t get to have a total control because you will likely need to be strapped up to cords, IV, and monitors – you should still write down how you would ideally like the birth to go. Do you want to dim the lights? Quiet music playing? Who will cut the cord etc. Write it all down and discuss it with your partner, your doctor and your labor nurse.
2. Talk to your doctor about an enema: Many women worry about pooping on the table as you labor your baby because of how the baby moves through the birth canal. Usually before labor really starts on it’s own you will notice your body tends to get rid of all that before hand. With an induction since you are not naturally starting labor – some women decide (after their doctor okays it) to take an enema before the induction to avoid this during labor.
3. Learn what to expect: It is very important to learn all you can and ask any questions you might have about what an induction is all about, what will happen, any complications with your doctor before the induction is scheduled. Also, if you have any questions during your labor – speak up.
4. Don’t listen to the horror stories: There are so many horror stories going around about birth in general and there are some specific to induced labor. Don’t freak yourself out by listening to them. Every woman and every labor is different.
:: Did you have your labor induced? Any helpful tips for moms facing the same thing? ::
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