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    Default Induction due to low amniotic fluid - terrified - is it necessary???

    Hi all,
    I saw my Ob today and she has booked me in for an induction on Monday due to low amniotic fluid (I am 37 weeks today). When I saw her last week she said that we would need to keep an eye on it as it was on the low side, however I was not expecting her to say this today – apparently there is even less fluid there now.
    This is my fourth baby and the first time this has ever happened. I have been so fortunate to have had 3 spontaneous labours and vaginal deliveries, with my last 2 both being drug-free and less than 3 hours in duration. Although I trust my Ob (she cared for me during the last pregnancy) I just have a general concern that sometimes medical professionals are too quick to intervene when it comes to birthing babies. I asked her today whether we could wait another week and monitor the situation, but she was adamant that things had deteriorated since last week and she wanted to get bubs out sooner rather than later.
    Has anyone else experienced this, and what was the outcome? Does an induced labour really hurt more than a spontaneous labour? And did your induction result in a C-section?
    The Ob said she would start with breaking my waters and then get me up and moving about to see if that would be enough to kick-start contractions, and if not she might try some gel. She said she would try and avoid the drip… it all just sounds so terrifying to me and I am getting so worked up about it I don’t know what to do…

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    I think as you have had 3 natural labours and deliveries, the induction should progress pretty much as your Ob is expecting it to. I would definitely want to get baby out soon if things are deteriorating. Best of luck, my first was induced but I think my circumstances are so different to yours so I won't go into detail - I think you will be fine!

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    My waters went from being "okay" to non-existent within two days and baby went into distress. It is no longer the best environment for the baby and they are better off on the outside. It sounds like your ob is just trying to kick-start your labour as naturally for you as possible which is great. It seems like she has yours and the baby's best interests at heart. All the best x.

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    I had an induction for my first labour, and a spontaneous drug free labour the second time around. They were both fairly similar actually, quick and straightforward. I was able to labour actively even though I was on the drip, I did have pain relief (pethidine).

    I wouldn't say my induction was any worse or more painful than my natural birth. The contractions were stronger and a bit more painful with my induction, but not agony. Oddly enough pushing DS1 out was pain free, just lots of pressure. It was a rude shock to me when it was quite painful pushing DS2 out!

    Hope it all goes well for you, you'll have your bub soon!


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    I was induced because of low fluid. They tested several times and apparently it's one measurement that is reasonably accurate in so much as they have a pretty huge window of 'normal' before they consider it low and hen they consider it low it is generally really low.

    I had a different induction to what you have planned. I had te balloon inserted inside my cervix the night prior. It is just a little condom type balloon that they fill with about 50nl of water. It provides a natural pressure which can encourage your waters to break an gently soften the cervix. It took about 9hrs for my waters to break. Plan was to break them 12hrs after insertion if it hadn't worked. Perhaps you could discuss this with your ob?

    For me I didn't go into labour and needed the drip which I didn't find unbareable but I have never experienced natural labour so have no comparison.

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    I was induced early due to low fluid. I basically lost it all in a week. I went for my normal weekly OB appointment & had a quick scan which showed very low fluid. I had to go in the morning to a sonography place have a scan. We were asked to go straight to hospital for induction after the scan had finished. I had no idea what to expect.
    Back at the hospital my OB broke my waters & hardly anything came out. I was hooked up to the drip at 3pm and had contractions for about 12hrs. I got to 8cms in that time & just walked, fit balled, swayed with only a tiny bit of gas in the last 30mins. Bub was constantly monitored and by the end was becoming very distressed so we ended up in an early morning c-section. In the end my OB said I would have never been able I have her naturally anyway as she was a bit stuck

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    sounds like you are having a baby on monday


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    Thanks for all your replies. I know that I am probably over-reacting and that many women have gone through this before, I am just still in shock that this baby is coming Monday. The pregnancy in itself was a very much "unplanned surprise" and then we found out we were having a girl after having three beautiful boys, and now the need for an induction…
    I hate the fact that the baby does not get to decide her due date and worry that both she and I are not ready, but guess I just need to accept that she is coming Monday. Hopefully I can calm down a bit between now and then as I am sure it won’t help matters if I am stressed!

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    It's really hard not to be in control and it's quite sudden too so I can relate to how you feel.

    Maybe just try to spend some quite time over the weekend absorbing it all.

    Good luck for Monday

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    I was induced for low fluid with both my kids. I trusted my OB when she said it was safer for baby to come out. At least you can plan ahead a bit! Best of luck

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