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    Default Were you induced again with #2?

    Hey ladies, I'm really freaking out a little and would appreciate your help or advice. (Some are glowing preggos, some are proud preggos, I'm ANXIOUS preggo)

    I was induced with DS for being overdue (41 weeks, OB gave me some guff about the "quality of the placenta" which I never quite bought) and it lead to a birth very different to the one I'd hoped for. Don't get me wrong, I don't feel like it was hideous. I don't feel like it was "birth rape" or have any trauma associated with it, I don't get nervous recalling the birth or upset about it, I just take it for what it was.

    I was a passenger.

    I had an epi and forceps and the fluids pumped into me to counter the low blood pressure effects of the epi (all 3 litres of it) meant I spent the days after the birth extremely puffed up (could put dents in my ankles with your thumb) and very very uncomfortable. Thought my skin was going to split. The 3rd degree tear wasn't as annoying as the puffiness!

    So with this hopefully being our last baby, I want to try and do things differently this time. I changed OBs, and this one is female and I feel a lot more comfortable that she has my back. She knows I want to have a natural spontaneous labour, and is making me walk the walk in terms of expectations of weight gain and keeping fit. I put on 26kgs with my first pregnancy and she said "Yeah that absolutely won't be happening again, blobs don't get natural births" lol. So I think I love her. :P
    She gave me a gold star for not putting on any weight in the first trimester and at my 17 week appointment she'd like to see my workout regimes written down. "Gotta get in shape for that marathon if that's what you want to run!". So she's totally on board and in my best interests for what I want to achieve, I think. I feel like she listens, takes me seriously, and makes me walk the walk. I like that. (In fact I think need that, firm but fair)


    But I keep worrying about what if this baby goes overdue too? What if I do everything right and still find myself staring induction right in the face? What if I "don't do spontaneous labour"?

    Were you induced with your first and went on to have a spontaneous labour with your second? Did you have to be induced again? Did you have any say in HOW you were induced? Did you do anything differently?

    If you went overdue with your first, did you go overdue with your second, too? Were your dates always a bit squiffy? With DS my dates constantly changed and I feel as though he probably wasn't "really" overdue at all. But with this baby we had sex once that month and the baby has always been spot on for dates, due date has never changed. Would that have any sway?

    Sorry for the wall of text, I'm just really nervous and was hoping some ladies could help. xox Thanks for getting through it all!

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    Default Were you induced again with #2?

    Oh I'm not the person you want to reply first, but yes unfortunately for both of mine I was induced. I just never ever went in to labour. I reached 42+2 with first and I was living overseas (non-English) the OB cracked it and said he wouldn't deliver if I didn't get induced. Second time back in Australia and my waters broke at 42 weeks but nothing happened for 24 hours so again was told I needed induction.

    I must say though I wasn't on bubhub back then I didn't know to say know to suggestions the docs gave me! With the third I would probably try and delay further as neither of the babies placentas were broken down or muddied so I would consider holding out longer.

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    Default Were you induced again with #2?

    No way! The induction with my first was horrible and I wanted to avoid another.

    And my second baby was born naturally at 40w2d, short labour and a million times better

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    Do you know if you had long cycles or anything? Because I reckon women with a longer luteal phase (the bit between AF finishing and ovulation) are automatically going to be at a disadvantage when it comes to being "overdue" when they technically aren't, it's just that we go by last menstrual period instead of conception, know what I mean?

    I had a long gap between with DS, ovulated on CD 19, and I think it had an effect on dates. This baby I O'd on CD14 exactly. I had irregular cycles before my son was born and perfect 28 day cycles afterwards. Do you think that will change my chances?

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    My #1 was an induction - DS was 11 days overdue and no sign of anything happening. But no induction with #2 or #3 who were both spontaneous natural labours. DD1 arrived on her due date (after a few accupuncture sessions, taking raspberry leaf tea for several weeks and seeing Ob to sweep the membranes). DD2 arrived a couple of days before her due date (without any of the extra steps that I took with DD1). So one induction definitely doesn't mean that another is inevitible.

    In any case you know more this time around and are prepared for it - even if bub is overdue you can elect to have closer monitoring/scans to check bub is still growing and the placenta functioning before deciding on an induction.

    If another induction does look likely that doesn't necessarily guarantee further intervention either - look into the different methods to see what you are most comfortable with, express that you still want to be able to move around and choose your own labouring positions, consider whether you'd rather not have an epidural (I didn't with mine). Just be as informed as possible so regardless of how labour progresses you know the right questions to ask about what is and isn't necessary and can make the best decison for yourself and baby at the time.

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    I was induced with no. 1 as I was 11 days over. I went into labour spontaneously with no. 2 three days overdue, and then number three went into labour spontaneously at 11 days overdue, but my dates were a bit iffy, I think I was only about 6 days over really. Number 4 & 5 were twins and I was induce at 39.5 weeks as i decided (with advice from my midwife and ob) after lots of research it was time for them to come out.

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    Default Re: Were you induced again with #2?

    I was induced for post dates with DS1 (42 weeks) and went into spontaneous labour with DS2 but after 28 or so hours I had the syntocin drip to speed it up, but I also had a placental abruption which is what the Dr thinks started labour early, so I daresay my son wasn't quite ready to be born.

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