I am just wondering if anyone could give me some advice on early induction. What are the risks to baby and how do i go about requesting this from my ob (i am under a high risk ob in a public hospital that i see fortnightly)
I am thinking of asking my OB if Bubs doesn't arrive by 37 weeks to induce me. (Nearly 34 weeks which has us all surprised as we thought I would go early due to incompetent cervix).
Reason being is I am finding myself getting more and more anxious and have a massive fear of stillbirth or something happening to my baby if they stay in too long. I have never had a stillbirth but have had multiple losses,including this Bubs twin and a very difficult pregnancy and a long road of surgery and fertility treatment which I know is what is all adding up and causing all the anxiety. There is just this part of me that wants to get him out while I know he us alive and well and can now survive on the outside.
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29-08-2013 20:55 #1
Early induction pros /cons?
29-08-2013 22:04 #2
I think that by inducing early you make actually be lessening your chance of that healthy baby you're wanting. Its generally safer to just let bub decide... And while by your calculations your baby might be 37 weeks, our calculations are estimates at best... And your baby may suffer ill effects from being forced to be born sooner.
I think you would be more likely to risk an unhealthy baby by inducing prematurely.
Whatever you decide though, I hope it all works out well.
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29-08-2013 22:16 #3
I agree with Sassy- there is risks to you and the baby with unnecessary induction. I can see where you're coming from, but inducing early for non medical reasons may well create problems that didn't exist prior. Can you request regular monitoring over the last couple of weeks for your peace of mind? Even an ultrasound?
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29-08-2013 22:33 #4
I would think the risks would be much higher by inducing that early.
AS for the induction itself, I have had one when my cervix was ripe and ready (easy birth) and one earlier when It wasn't favorable (horrendous labour) There is no way I would be doing it if it was needed medically.
My body is never ready before 41 and 1/2 weeks. (6 babies) That week and half makes a world of difference.
In your case i would be asking for regular ultrasounds rather than a induction.
29-08-2013 22:52 #5Senior Member
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I would have to agree with pp. I'm about to have my second baby both will/were 37 weekers due medical reasons and the list of risks are defiantly there! I would perhaps talk to your ob about fetal monitoring. It's easy non invasive no risk to you or bub but very reassuring for you when you hear it's little heart galloping along . But def discuss your options with your ob! Goodluck!
29-08-2013 23:05 #6Senior Member
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Induced labour is much more stressful for your bub and definitely not something to do without a medical reason. If there is nothing wrong with bub, you would be putting him at more risk by trying to force him out before he is ready, especially if he is not yet full term. Even babies that are overdue can have problems resulting from induction. And there are more risks for you as well.
If you're really worried about bub so much that it's causing you stress, maybe you could ask your OB to allow you to have extra monitoring in the last few weeks to put your mind at ease. But personally I think it would be a bit unethical of your OB to induce bub so early without a medical reason, and most won't anyway as they don't want to be held responsible if something does go wrong.
29-08-2013 23:29 #7
Babies are considered full term from 37 weeks.
I will more then likely be induced about this time, one reason is for my anxiety and the other is the meds I am on. I know that the meds I am on are stopping my body killing my baby and they will be stopped at 37 weeks. Last time these meds were stopped I lost my baby about 2 weeks later. For us we would rather have the induction so we know we will have our healthy living baby in the end rather then another angel.
If your OB thinks its something that needs to be done he will agree otherwise it might just be extra monitoring until closer to the date. Good luck either way op
29-08-2013 23:32 #8
I agree with the monitoring instead of induction, but you're not actually asking that so:
I was induced for medical reasons at 38 weeks and I had an amazing labour and a healthy baby girl but was given so much to read about it because of the intervention rates with induction, large chance of bub going into distress, dates being wrong and what to expect if they were and I ended up with a premmie baby (which may have no problems at all but also may). I definitely think you should talk about it all with your ob and see what they think. They may feel your anxiety could be harmful and induce for your mental health or they may recommend weekly monitoring instead.
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30-08-2013 08:11 #9
Thanks for all your replies. I'm not actually concerned about bub being early at 37 weeks as there is no way dates can be wrong (frozen embryo transfer).
I will have a chat to my ob and see what he thinks is the best course of action
ETA - what are the actual risks from induction to bubs? Apart from dates being wrong? If they go into distress would that mean an emergency c section?
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30-08-2013 08:32 #10Senior Member
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Little gumnut, I'm going to put it out there - if your instinct is telling you to push for an induction, you push - do everything you can. I know that we want the best for our babies but most of all we want them in our arms. I won't go into it but a recent experience has left me changing my stance on this. Are you in Melbourne? I was seeing a high risk ob and no matter how much I begged he wouldn't induce me until I stressed myself out enough that my bp hit the roof and he i was induced at 39 weeks and 2.2hrs later my son was born perfect with not a single heart rate issue during the induction. My experience was after my son was born. Good luck x
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