Labor being induced next week...

Labor being induced next week...

Sara H
Sara H

August 14th, 2012, 2:28 am #1

Hi, All

OK, so I am well, baby is great but due to the cord issue and my diabetes the MFM specialist wants to have me induced next week, at 39 weeks, since they don't want the baby to get much bigger or me to go longer.

Ekk!

Did some searches on the board but I'd love to hear your stories/methods/thoughts of being induced. Part of me wonders if we should skip strait to a c-section as we may end up there anyway? (Due to the cord issue and worries about the baby being under stress.) So, why go though the pain of induction... As of last week cervix was soft but closed, will find out Wed. were we are now.

I have been told it's up to me, about asking for a c-section, as of now. I just want both of us though this in the best way possible.

Thoughts?

Thanks, ladies!
Sara H

PS- Also working on our hospital bag, have the basic list, any non-list things you found very helpful? Thanks!
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Joined: June 20th, 2006, 2:07 am

August 14th, 2012, 3:17 am #2

I was reading about your BFP. goes fast, eh? well, I am sure it crawls too. Time is funny that way.

Someone told me a saying once: the years fly by but the days crawl by.


Anyways, no real advice re induction. Maybe talk through the pros/cons about c-sec with your Dr. I've had two c-sec and recovered well from them as long as you baby yourself in the first 6wks post, you'll be fine. and babying yourself means sleeping when baby sleeps and resting as much as you can. Something hard to do if the dishes pile up and you feel the need to tidy up for visitors who will come to meet new sweetie
You'll know what to do when the time comes and if you don't wing it. Because bottom line, as long as everybody stays healthy, that is what counts.

heck, your baby might decide she wants to choose her own birthday and comes before the induction day. Ya never know. (my first was a week late and ended as a c-sec and my second decided to come 2 days before the scheduled c-sec, still a c-sec)

as for the bag. I packed waaaayyyy too much stuff the first time, even a pillow--not needed; maybe it depends on the hospital.

I'd bring some cranberry juice, a big bottle on the of chance that you must be catheterized. I always get a bladder infection when I get that so as first signs, I drink that only and lots and it nips it right away.

Be sure to bring comfy going-home clothing for you too. your belly takes time to deflate. That surprised me somehow and it bothered me that I had to wear mat pants for a bit longer--I wasn't thinking rationally lol. But for me, I had retained a lot of water and the first few nights I sweated so much that I was more than happy to wear the hospital gowns and switch them 2-3 times a night. At that point I didn't care. lol.

What a fun experience you are in for. I still remember so many details from 9.5yrs ago! My DS had to go under the Billi lights for two days because he had jaundice. I remember too well how that made me feel, how up until then he was always swaddled so well and then, poof, he's almost naked, arms flailing, eyes covered to protect them (he look like Geordie LaForge) and wailing. Only then did I consent to a soother, having believed all the anti-soother-BF-women about causing nipple confusion. It didn't and the comfort it gave him made me cry with relief.

ahhh. I will be looking for your birth story. How I love reading those. Enjoy every minute.


hugs
Julie



me:43, DH 44
FSH 26
DS: born by c-sec Apr15'03, 9lbs5oz 41wks gest. (after 4 years of ttc, starting in 1998)
DD born by c-sec Oct 13 2007, 8lbs13oz 39wk gest. (after just under 3 years of ttc)
~~DS was conceived naturally the cycle following a cancelled DE IVF, using my good friend's eggs. She was on the verge of hyperstimming.
~~DD's nat conception I attribute to using OPKs like a crazy nut, eating grapefruit daily and using preseed. also 5 cycles of TCM ending 2 cycles before that lucky cycle.
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MargieD
MargieD

August 14th, 2012, 12:54 pm #3

Hi, All

OK, so I am well, baby is great but due to the cord issue and my diabetes the MFM specialist wants to have me induced next week, at 39 weeks, since they don't want the baby to get much bigger or me to go longer.

Ekk!

Did some searches on the board but I'd love to hear your stories/methods/thoughts of being induced. Part of me wonders if we should skip strait to a c-section as we may end up there anyway? (Due to the cord issue and worries about the baby being under stress.) So, why go though the pain of induction... As of last week cervix was soft but closed, will find out Wed. were we are now.

I have been told it's up to me, about asking for a c-section, as of now. I just want both of us though this in the best way possible.

Thoughts?

Thanks, ladies!
Sara H

PS- Also working on our hospital bag, have the basic list, any non-list things you found very helpful? Thanks!
Several thoughts....

If it's "up to you" for the c-section, it doesn't sound like your OB thinks it's necessary. Even though it's a "routine" thing - people forget that it's MAJOR surgery. Like Julie said, you need to take care of yourself afterwards. You will also have to watch for infection, etc. With a natural birth, you're back on your feet within hours. (They actually expected me to be up and walking within three hours of giving birth - even with the epidural.)

As for being induced, I don't have a normal birth to compare it to, but I thought the contractions were more erratic and painful (and research has confirmed that induced contractions are more painful than naturally induced). I have a high threshold for pain, but I eventually asked for the epidural. I was two weeks late so part of that could have been due to exhaustion. If you have nothing against epidural, then I'd say go for it.

As for your hospital bag, I'd bring THINGS TO DO!! Ipad, computer, games, playing cards, magazines, etc. Being induced doesn't mean it'll happen quickly. I went in at 8 pm at night and didn't deliver until almost midnight the NEXT DAY. It was such a LONG day...BORING.... and yucky since you're being hooked up to machines and all that and not being able to move as much you would like.

By the way - have you talked to your OB about bringing on contractions naturally? I worked with midwives and we tried a few things to get things moving (i.e. pulling the plug, inserting a balloon - no idea what the term is, etc.), but for me nothing worked... but that doesn't say it won't work for you...

Good luck... and everything will be GREAT!



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Joined: August 28th, 2007, 1:04 pm

August 14th, 2012, 2:00 pm #4

Hi, All

OK, so I am well, baby is great but due to the cord issue and my diabetes the MFM specialist wants to have me induced next week, at 39 weeks, since they don't want the baby to get much bigger or me to go longer.

Ekk!

Did some searches on the board but I'd love to hear your stories/methods/thoughts of being induced. Part of me wonders if we should skip strait to a c-section as we may end up there anyway? (Due to the cord issue and worries about the baby being under stress.) So, why go though the pain of induction... As of last week cervix was soft but closed, will find out Wed. were we are now.

I have been told it's up to me, about asking for a c-section, as of now. I just want both of us though this in the best way possible.

Thoughts?

Thanks, ladies!
Sara H

PS- Also working on our hospital bag, have the basic list, any non-list things you found very helpful? Thanks!
Actually, my first delivery with DS#1 was a vaginal birth. My water broke, but I wasn't dialating, so had to be induced. That was 9.5 years ago, so it's a bit fuzzy, but I do remember it was painful. I ended up getting an epidural that didn't really take so I felt the whole thing. Ouchie.

The birth of my second DS was a planned c-section as he was breech. It was nice knowing exactly when DS was coming, planning for that, etc. The surgery went well, but as Margie says, it's really major stuff. Big incision. I also got really painful shoulder cramps, which I guess is common after abdominal surgery because the air travels up into your shoulders. That and the constipation caused by the pain killers were the worst part of it for me. Also, they do expect you up and walking the next day, and I had two people there who caught me when I passed out, LOL! The quicker you get moving the quicker you recover, but I did feel it was rushed. The recovery time does take a bit, which is a bit of a bummer. But, all said, it was a good experience.

By far the birth of DS#3 was the best experience. All along I planned a repeat c-section even though the docs said I was a perfect candidate for vbac what with having a "proven pelvis" due to vaginal birth of DS#1. I was dead-set against vbac. I was afraid of uterine rupture. But, in the back of my mind I'd quietly convinced myself that if I went into labor, I would try to deliver vaginally and see how it went. Well, I went into labor five days before my scheduled c, so I gave it a go. My water broke, just like with DS#1, and also just like the first time, I wasn't dialating. Sigh! I was contracting every two to three minutes and my OB was baffled why it wasn't happening. After six or so hours of that (the contractions weren't really strong enough to be painful, so it was a comfortable six hours), she told me we could try induction. Well, after all the research I'd done about inducing vbacs being a huge no-no because of even higher risks of rupture, I was really nervous. But my OB told me we would only try a smidge to see if it would jumpstart my system. The first smidge of a dose did nothing, but the second smidge...look out! Full-on labor within minutes. Yes, it's more intense, but it did a great job of dialating my cervix and getting things moving. I definitely prefer that over languishing and wondering when/if it was going to happen. I did get an epi, and this one was a dream! I literally couldn't feel my DS's head when it was RIGHT THERE (in the words of the OB who was in disbelief that I couldn't feel it, lol!) The whole experience was surreal and wonderful. My best birth experience of the three.

Anyway, sorry for the long-winded story. Just wanted to share my experiences with you. Everybody's so different and I'm sure you'll hear from women who ended up with a c-section after being induced, so I get that you're nervous about that. Whatever you decide will be wonderful when you have your precious long-fought-for wee one in your arms.

Hugs and GL!

Meg

DS born 2003 on Clomid cycle
TTC#2 2.5 years
10/06: BFP, m/c at 7 weeks
7/07: dx high FSH (11.2)
10/07: Changed REs; Day 3 AFC of 6.
2/08: New RE, even crappier FSH of 20.5.
3/08: Another new RE, much more positive; will do a couple IUIs then possibly IVF.
3/08: BFP chemical on natural cycle; FSH 26.2; AFC 10
5/08: Hysteroscopy revealed large polyp on top of uterus, which RE removed.
6/08: FSH 3.8 (after two months of acu and herbs)! AFC of 8. Starting very low dose IUI: BFN.
8/08 FSH 27!! Started estrace after this to lower it.
9/08: FSH 6.9 (high e2 tho); low-stim IUI produced three follies. BFN.
11/08: FSH 8.6. Low-stim IUI. AFC of 8, two in the running at time of IUI. BFP! EDD: 7/28/09
7/27/09: Zachary Edward born! 7 lbs 11 oz, 20 in.
2/11: FSH 10.2. AFC of 5. Natural BFP!
11/27/11: Aaron B. born! 8 lbs, 20 3/4 in.
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Hadas
Hadas

August 14th, 2012, 3:28 pm #5

Hi, All

OK, so I am well, baby is great but due to the cord issue and my diabetes the MFM specialist wants to have me induced next week, at 39 weeks, since they don't want the baby to get much bigger or me to go longer.

Ekk!

Did some searches on the board but I'd love to hear your stories/methods/thoughts of being induced. Part of me wonders if we should skip strait to a c-section as we may end up there anyway? (Due to the cord issue and worries about the baby being under stress.) So, why go though the pain of induction... As of last week cervix was soft but closed, will find out Wed. were we are now.

I have been told it's up to me, about asking for a c-section, as of now. I just want both of us though this in the best way possible.

Thoughts?

Thanks, ladies!
Sara H

PS- Also working on our hospital bag, have the basic list, any non-list things you found very helpful? Thanks!
Hi,

I was also induced and although I dont have anything else to compare it to, if I had the choice between induction and c-section, Id choose induction only because a c-section is considered major surgery and because Ive heard that the recovery time is much longer (my company, for example, provides 2 extra weeks of maternity leave for c-section births because you apparently need it). You did say that you think it might end up as a c-section anyway, so in that case, I would discuss with the doctor beforehand at what point he/you would need to decide if youre going to move from induction to c-section.

If youd like to hear my experience with it, here it is! I was induced at 39 weeks because on u/s, the peri noticed that my DD went from the 27% in size to below the 10%, which I think is intrauterine growth restriction, so he basically commanded my OB to induce me at 39 weeks exactly. I went in at 5am, spent a long time doing paperwork, answering questions, etc while nurses hooked me up to stuff. Several weeks before, I was already 3cm dilated, so I expected it to go fast, but it wasnt superfast I dont think. OB came in sometime that morning to check me, then a couple of hours broke my water, and then when things didnt progress an hour or two after that, they started the pitocin. Its true that contractions resulting from induction and pitocin are intense, so you should know that, but overall, I would say that it was a fairly quick labor compared to the PP who went to the next night! So it was painful, yes, but when I finally agreed to the epidural (after a few hours, I was only up to 5cm), things moved quickly from there and I was able to talk real estate with the OB while I was pushing (literally) and DD was born that night at 8:15pm!

So if youre ok with the epidural at some point, then you should be fine.

I didnt pack nearly enough. I brought a CD and probably some magazines, but I was too hyper to focus on one thing while I waited. Afterwards, it was all about breastfeeding, starting my role as a worrying mom, etc!

Best of luck to you!
Hadas
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August 14th, 2012, 5:40 pm #6

Hi, All

OK, so I am well, baby is great but due to the cord issue and my diabetes the MFM specialist wants to have me induced next week, at 39 weeks, since they don't want the baby to get much bigger or me to go longer.

Ekk!

Did some searches on the board but I'd love to hear your stories/methods/thoughts of being induced. Part of me wonders if we should skip strait to a c-section as we may end up there anyway? (Due to the cord issue and worries about the baby being under stress.) So, why go though the pain of induction... As of last week cervix was soft but closed, will find out Wed. were we are now.

I have been told it's up to me, about asking for a c-section, as of now. I just want both of us though this in the best way possible.

Thoughts?

Thanks, ladies!
Sara H

PS- Also working on our hospital bag, have the basic list, any non-list things you found very helpful? Thanks!
First time 14 years ago. Water broke at home and labor did not start so was induced with lots of pitocin 8 hours later. Four hours of very painful labor then got my epidural. . Love the epidural! DD born two hours later without any pain. Easy chilbirth recovery. No problems.

Second time recently my OB wanted to get the ball rolling at 39 weeks. Went to hospital for the day and started prostaglandin gel. It barely did anything. Came back a week later to try cytotec. Well it didn't do much either. But then my water broke. So they started me on a low dose pitocin. Not nearly as painful as my first baby with the higher dose of pitocin. I took fentanyl to help with pain and then soon moved on to an epidural. DS was born shortly after, total of four hours labor from when water broke. Again no complications.

So, my second birth experience was really quite easy. Obviously I prefer the drug route but others like the more natural approach.

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Jamie
Jamie

August 14th, 2012, 6:04 pm #7

Hi, All

OK, so I am well, baby is great but due to the cord issue and my diabetes the MFM specialist wants to have me induced next week, at 39 weeks, since they don't want the baby to get much bigger or me to go longer.

Ekk!

Did some searches on the board but I'd love to hear your stories/methods/thoughts of being induced. Part of me wonders if we should skip strait to a c-section as we may end up there anyway? (Due to the cord issue and worries about the baby being under stress.) So, why go though the pain of induction... As of last week cervix was soft but closed, will find out Wed. were we are now.

I have been told it's up to me, about asking for a c-section, as of now. I just want both of us though this in the best way possible.

Thoughts?

Thanks, ladies!
Sara H

PS- Also working on our hospital bag, have the basic list, any non-list things you found very helpful? Thanks!
Sara, I can't believe you are this far along! Holy cow!

Yeah, I was 41.5 weeks and not dilated and my OB did not want to wait any longer. I went to the hospital at 9pm at night and went on a pitocin drip. The next morning I hadn't really dilated so she broke my water and kept dialing up the pitocin. That afternoon things got cooking. By 8pm I was fully dilated and had my daughter out in about 50 minutes of pushing. It was actually fairly easy.

Wishing you the best!
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Joined: June 9th, 2009, 5:21 pm

August 14th, 2012, 6:35 pm #8

Hi, All

OK, so I am well, baby is great but due to the cord issue and my diabetes the MFM specialist wants to have me induced next week, at 39 weeks, since they don't want the baby to get much bigger or me to go longer.

Ekk!

Did some searches on the board but I'd love to hear your stories/methods/thoughts of being induced. Part of me wonders if we should skip strait to a c-section as we may end up there anyway? (Due to the cord issue and worries about the baby being under stress.) So, why go though the pain of induction... As of last week cervix was soft but closed, will find out Wed. were we are now.

I have been told it's up to me, about asking for a c-section, as of now. I just want both of us though this in the best way possible.

Thoughts?

Thanks, ladies!
Sara H

PS- Also working on our hospital bag, have the basic list, any non-list things you found very helpful? Thanks!
Wanted to say yay!! Bring very comfy PJ's for the hospital. I was so sick from anesthesia that I only had immediate family as visitors. I didnt use any of the cute things I brought.
Me- 30
Day 3- FSH 10.4, E2 42; Day 10- 16.6; Possible endo, slight anti sperm antibodies
DH- 30, low Morph
TTC 23 Cycles
2 Cycles on Clomid- BFN
3 Cycles on Femara & IUI- BFN
Now- Natural plus antioxidants, Acu/Herbs till IVF when we're ready emotionally
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karma
karma

August 14th, 2012, 6:56 pm #9

Hi, All

OK, so I am well, baby is great but due to the cord issue and my diabetes the MFM specialist wants to have me induced next week, at 39 weeks, since they don't want the baby to get much bigger or me to go longer.

Ekk!

Did some searches on the board but I'd love to hear your stories/methods/thoughts of being induced. Part of me wonders if we should skip strait to a c-section as we may end up there anyway? (Due to the cord issue and worries about the baby being under stress.) So, why go though the pain of induction... As of last week cervix was soft but closed, will find out Wed. were we are now.

I have been told it's up to me, about asking for a c-section, as of now. I just want both of us though this in the best way possible.

Thoughts?

Thanks, ladies!
Sara H

PS- Also working on our hospital bag, have the basic list, any non-list things you found very helpful? Thanks!
At 37w 4days, I was at my OB who found my baby measuring small and ordered me to the hospital to be induced.
Once I was hooked up and baby looked comfortable we discussed a timeframe with my OB for my DH to get things together at home and come back (I thought that was fabulous and made things easy given the situation). Once he returned, I was given Cervadil and my water broke an hour later (who would have guessed...they said it could be 2 days).

So after a room change to L&D, we discussed a timeframe to administer Pitocin. After a restful night, a nice hot shower, I was ready. I walked around for about 4 hours, then stuff got intense, then real intense. Before my doula even made it in, I 'cried uncle' and opted for an epi. I slept for the next four hours like a baby (which was really nice). When I woke up, I was at 4 cm, and perhaps another 30 mins...at 9 cm. Even with the epi, I had no problem moving around, which was very helpful. I started pushing and 30 mins later our cutie was snuggling in my arms.

None of this was what I had imagined, but worked out very nicely....so just go with it all and be prepared to be flexible in your comfort range.
FWIW....the fact that my water broke in the hospital was a god send. I still tell DH that if that had happened in the house (bed, couch) or in the car....they all would be thrown out! It was endless for me. I guess some people have a little trickle....but not me.

Good luck and can't wait to hear that your LO is smiling up at you and DH.
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MargieD
MargieD

August 14th, 2012, 7:05 pm #10

My sister's water broke while she was standing next to the kitchen counter.

Her dog walked right over and started licking the floor. They had to pry him away from it.

Funny and gross!
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