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    Default Advice please! 39 weeks - not dilated & may need induction

    Hi all!

    I am 39 weeks + 4 days today (due Saturday 3rd August). I went for my weekly OB appointment this morning where I had my first internal examination. Apparently I am not dilated at all!

    Our OB said she would want to induce me no later than the 13th/14th August but could do it earlier if we want (if nothing happens before then).

    I have scheduled another appointment with her for next Monday (2 days after my due date) to discuss the option of scheduling an induction for Tuesday or Wednesday (3-4 days after due date).

    I really would like to avoid being induced, but am worried about waiting around after my due date and then nothing happening (and having to be induced later anyway).

    Has anyone gone into labour by their due date despite being told they hadn't dilated at all?

    What is your opinion? Should I be induced a couple of days after my due date? Or 10 days after?

    Do you think going to get acupuncture this week/weekend would help me prevent having to be induced?

    Your help, stories and advice is much appreciated!!! :-)

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    I would wait until 42 weeks as well.

    I was induced at what they thought was 41+9 (the first ultrasound changed my dates by about 2 weeks), it took 68 hours and was just horrible, when he came out, he didn't even look over cooked or anything. I really don't think he was ready.

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    For gods sake, not another "my OB wants to induce me right after my due date" post.

    Wait until at least 10 days after your due date. You've got 2 weeks. Try not to stress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannawannabe View Post
    For gods sake, not another "my OB wants to induce me right after my due date" post.

    Wait until at least 10 days after your due date. You've got 2 weeks. Try not to stress.
    This.
    Google "cascade of intervention" - inductions usually lead to more and more interventions.
    There is no reason to expect that you would be dilated yet. You aren't due yet. Most first babies are born a week or so after these estimated dates. I know it's frustrating, I know at this point you're over it, but a natural labour is much better for you and baby- I've had both.

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    Another one who was induced! Don't do it if you can help it. I was not dilated at all and never did!!! Ended with an emergency C. So disappointed!

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    Thanks for all of this advice!!! You are making me feel better already.

    Our OB did suggest being induced later. She only asked if we were wanting something sooner. Not being too sure, we said we would possibly. I really had no idea. I was thinking that if I would have to be induced later then I may as well do it sooner.

    It's good to hear I shouldn't be concerned that I haven't dilated yet. It sounded like she was saying nothing would be happening any time soon, which got me worried.

    It is hard for me not to stress. A bit of a stress head

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    It is stressful and the last weeks are exhausting, it's only natural to want it all over and to meet your little one

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    Due dates are only a guide, babies, foals, calves, everything has there own little program and due time. I went 2 weeks early with my first and two weeks over with my second, and they were both perfect.
    Cascade of intervention is a serious issue with many medical issues and is overwhelming when you come to a positive feedback process like childbirth. Have a bit of a search on the positive feedback loop involved in child birth too, amazing system of triggers and stimulation we have set up and wired to go.

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    Thanks! Very true. It's all so confusing with your first bub!

    I was left feeling so worried about not being dilated. It made me feel like I wasn't progressing as I should be. Wish she had made me feel like that was normal.

    Very helpful hearing everyone's stories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    This.
    Google "cascade of intervention" - inductions usually lead to more and more interventions.
    Totally agree with this, I went into labour naturally (40+6) but after about 18 hours I wasn't progressing so the midwife suggested breaking my waters. This led to instant, intense contractions which were so bad I was begging for an epidural (when previously I didn't want one) and was hallucinating from the amount of gas I was having to try to control the pain. Epidural was inserted and within half an hour, bubs heart rate was dropping significantly which meant I was rushed off for an emergency c-section under general anesthetic meaning my husband couldn't even be in there for the birth and I wasn't awake for it. I was in recovery for 3 hours following the birth so didn't get to meet my daughter for that long. If I would have said no to breaking my waters, chances are I could have continued to labour without intervention and had a natural birth.

    If you do have to be induced, then there isn't much you can do about it but I'd avoid any intervention for as long as is safely possible.

    Good luck!


 

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