To Induce or Not to Induce? Why I'm at a StandstillLauren Jimeson
My due date is just two days away. Every single call or text that I get from family and friends is asking me how I’m feeling or if there is any sign that this baby is coming soon. The answer is always, “Feeling good” and “No.” Believe me, I wish I had another answer, but it’s rather obvious that my son is quite comfortable in his current state.
Given the fact that he has shown no signs of making his entrance into the world, the word “induction” has been mentioned to me several times. My doctor mentioned it at my appointment on Monday and others have asked if I planned on inducing if he doesn’t show up by my due date.
Honestly, because I’ve never even had to think about induction, I am at a standstill. I told my doctor on Monday that I didn’t want to induce and I would rather just stick it out and wait for him to come on his own. I’m not a high risk pregnancy, there seems to be no complications in the womb and the baby is perfectly healthy. There is no medical reason for me to induce labor. Right now, the only reason I would be doing it is to have an earlier chance at meeting my son. I’ve waited 40 long weeks to meet him, so what is a couple more days (or weeks)?
I’ve heard both sides — moms telling me to go for it and those telling me to wait it out. There are pros and cons of doing either. There is definitely a part of me that is terrified of being induced. My labors and deliveries have been so smooth and uneventful that I would love to experience the same thing for this little one.
I am well aware of all of the ways (wacky and not so wacky) that we can induce labor naturally, and I’ll admit that I have tried some of them — obviously with no such luck. I just keep telling myself that there is a reason he hasn’t decided to come yet.
I haven’t completely ruled out induction, but deep down I know that I would really like him to come on his own.
What’s your advice, induce or don’t induce?
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