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    Question Need advice. Natural vs Induced

    Hey all.

    Well since the beginning of this pregnancy I have been set on being induced around 37-38 weeks. Well finally my ob appointment to discuss this has come around, and I see him on Wednesday.

    Now I am wondering if I really want to be induced. I came across an article about the risks, which I have never been told about (been induced twice) and they are playing on my mind.

    The main reason I wanted to be induced was after losing DD at 20 weeks, I read a lot of stories about babies passing around their due dates and after and it freaked me out! I thought I would get my baby out as soon as I can, once she is fully developed.

    Also for the convenience I guess, as she is due 4th January and I would LOVE her to be out for xmas day so we can all be together. This is a selfish reason of course and not something I would base this massive decision on.

    My reasons for changing my mind is I would love to feel labour without being induced (apparently it's not as painful) I would love the excitement of going into labour and rushing around getting everything to go to hospital.

    So what I am asking is what would YOU do? If you are scared ****less of losing another baby, but also want to do the best for baby.

    I am quite torn. I just want to bring my baby home.

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    I think you can only go with your gut and make decisions based on what feels right for you as your the one who has to live with it. I am having a planned c section a week early as I am due in Xmas day. I've had loads of negative comments made about this decision and many supportive. In the end it's your body, your baby. Best of luck. X

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    I was induced for medical reasons at 38 weeks. I'll never be induced again and will opt for csection. There are lots of positive induction stories, mine is definitely not one of them. Unless medically necessary then this is something I would avoid, my DS was put under such stress that we ended up in an emergency caeser, separation, no skin to skin the list goes on. It's not something I would opt to do. Again lots of people have more positive experiences.

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    Personally I would try natural. Your baby would benefit from the extra time in the womb for proper lung development. Without being negative, it is the actual birth process that is the most dangerous for a baby (with natural being least risk and risks increasing with the introduction of intervention - under low risk normal circumstances) if labour is induced it can potentially stress the baby unnecessarily (unless you medically need to be induced but you haven't stated that).
    I have been induced and have had 2 emergency csections, so I probably have a tainted view having never had a natural birth.
    Good luck with your decision.

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    I can well understand your fear for your little one. By the end I was terrified of something happening, and I haven't even experienced the loss that you have. I'm so sorry for what you went through.

    In the end it's between you and your OB to decide. I just wanted to put out there that by that stage you will be feeling movements regularly, and as such it's a little easier to relax about it than in the middle tri. Maybe your OB would be open to giving you a scan/checkup every couple of days after 37 weeks?

    My induction and labour was relatively smooth, but it was quite difficult going straight into back to back contractions.

    Good luck with your decision.

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    I am in a similar boat to you. I know that the meds I am on are keeping my body from killing my baby and when they were stopped last time my baby passed two weeks after. My OB is letting me stay on the meds until 37 weeks and then I will more then likely be induced, it's not really what I wanted ideally I wanted a natural birth with no intervention but I will do what I have to in order to have a healthy baby in my arms. I am still coming to terms with this but I believe it is going to be worth it in the end.

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    I've been induced and gone naturally, much prefer to go naturally! There was something a little special about the middle of the night mad dash to our birth centre! And I felt like the progression of labour was more manageable too. Plus, I truly believe if mum and bub are doing well there is no reason to rush Mother Nature, but having two losses myself I was a little antsy when I went a week over again.

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    Hi OP, sorry for your previous loss. Obviously it would have been traumatic and wondering whether you've had counseling or whether you'd consider it now? It might help you relax enough to go with a natural delivery? I was induced for medical reasons on both occasions and I really wish i was able to experience it without induction. I used Hypnobirthing to prepare for labour and even though the induction messed up my plans in a way, it definitely helped me go into the process calm and relaxed. Even if you practiced some relaxation techniques and positive affirmations I think it would really help you. Best of luck xo

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    Thanks everyone. I will see what advice ob has.
    Redcorset I see someone regularly but we haven't touched on this topic as yet.

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    I haven't read the other comments, but based on your fears of losing bub and your history, if I were in your position I would ask to be induced. Maybe not at 37 weeks but definitely by 40 weeks as long as my ob was accepting of it and didn't think it would harm bub. I've been induced at 41 weeks with the gel and had a very good labour, not much pain until around 7cm and didn't have an epidural. So I'm not against inductions generally but am hoping for a spontaneous labour this time. Good luck with whatever you decide. Wishing you a wonderful labour and healthy bubba.


 

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