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OK. So I had a docs apt this morn and he checked me for the first time to see if I was progressing. I am 38 weeks and he said my cervix was softened but as far as dialated it was not much at all...only like a 1. So he wanted to go ahead and schedule me for inducing...Just in case he doesn't show soon. He said he is worried about the baby getting too big for me to deliver vaginally. So we set the date for next monday (23rd). Now I am freaking out. It was just like "oh yeah he could come any day." Now it is set in stone that I am going in a week from today and will have a baby Shocked I guess since it is my first I am just so nervous and have so many emtions going on right now. Anyway, when I got home I had blood everywhere. So I called my doc office and they said it was normal as long as I had no cramping with it. So far no cramping but 6 hours later and I am still bleeding a bit. I am hoping he may have helped me along and I won't have to be induced. I so wanted to try and do it without an epi. Now that he is planning on inducing I am not sure about it. I have heard labor is more intense when you get induced. Has anyone ever been induced and not used an epi?? Anyway, guess we'll see.
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replied June 16th, 2008
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I was induced & I didn't have an epidural. The fact that I was induced just made the early stages of labour a lot longer for me.. I was having mild cramps for hours, which gradually turned into contractions. I think the induction took longer for me because it was at 37 weeks & my cervix wasn't dilated or effaced at all.

Good luck, I hope it goes well for you.
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replied June 16th, 2008
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Thanks. I really wanted to try and do it w/o the epi. But just the thought.....and people telling me that labor is worse once your induced was really freaking me out. I am still hoping he will just come on his own before next monday. I read a few things online to maybe help bring on labor. I doubt they work, but hey its worth a try.
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replied June 16th, 2008
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Good luck! I hope your little one decides to come on his/her own. I was induced at 37 weeks 6 days and my labor only lasted 5 hours and then I pushed for one hour. I should mention though that I was already 5 cm dilated and 95% effaced.

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replied June 17th, 2008
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monkeygirl22 wrote:
Good luck! I hope your little one decides to come on his/her own. I was induced at 37 weeks 6 days and my labor only lasted 5 hours and then I pushed for one hour. I should mention though that I was already 5 cm dilated and 95% effaced.

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Thanks!!

Yeah my mom said she had to be induced with my brother, because she was stuck at 5 cm and they could not get her to progress. She said it was 10am when they put her on pitocin and by 10:30 he came Shocked I will not get so lucky. I just keep telling myself everything is going to be ok. Even though I didn't really want to be induced it is better to be than to have to have a c-section.
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replied June 17th, 2008
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I hope everything goes well for you! Let us know before you go in if you have to be induced.
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replied June 17th, 2008
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Induction isn't fun. It has a high rate of c-sections.

They started my induction at 9pm and by noon (15 hours), I was 0% effaced and 1cm. I was also on medication so when they asked if I wanted a c-section, I wasn't hesitant. 12:54pm my little girl was born! I was 38wk 1day.

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replied June 17th, 2008
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Thanks ladies. I am hoping that the full moon on wednesday will bring him...wouldn't that be nice. It is my birthday too. I could have the same birthday as my son.

Oh I hope that my induction doesn't make me have to have a c-section. I would really like to have him naturally. Besides we don't have insurance and the cost of a c-section is quit a bit more than a vaginal birth.

Thanks for all the labor dust. Let's just hope that full moon thing works. My mil has worked at the hospital where I will deliver for almost 30 years. she works in the nursery. She said they always have more babies around the time of a full moon. we'll see.
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I'm pretty sure there was a woman who had quintuplets (5) on her birthday...

Supposedly, that full moon thing is just a myth, but think about it. The moon affects the tide which is WATER, and what do we call it when your membranes break? WATER! So having more baby around the full moon isn't too far fetched. That's why (if I was healthy) I thought I was gonna go over my due date (due Tuesday, that Saturday was a full moon)
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replied June 17th, 2008
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just remember that you do not HAVE TO BE INDUCED. You can refuse it if you are really that unsure about it. How big is the baby now? What were your last measurements? If the baby was close to hitting 10-12 pounds I can understand why you wouldnt want that to happen. Heck I wouldnt either! But is it really that dangerous to just wait? Maybe you can talk to your doctor and ask if you can make it to 40+ weeks on your own and then see how the baby and you are doing. Either way the baby knows when its ready to be born more than a doctor can. Unless there are medical reasons to be induced I wouldnt do it.

Now dont get me wrong. At your appts you can check the heart rate and movements to make sure baby is fine. Thats what I plan to do. I am attending birth classes for my 1st baby.

My instructor said that labor can be longer and extermely more painful with the use of pitocin (medication used to induce) This medication can also cause you to contract too fast, they then give you something to slow it down. All these medications can interfere with your body's natural birth responses and even slow labor and the baby down. Which can cause the babies heart rate to drop and cause you extrra stress on your body. The baby also plays a very important role in labor. Like turning and getting into position. These meds can prevent that from happening also. All these things can up your risk for c-section. It sounds like you really want to have your baby natural and YOU CAN. Its your body and your baby. If you dont feel comfortable about something you have a right to say so. Please pm me if you want.

I am deciding on a no medical intervention birth. Its been hard to find a doctor and people to support me in this. But I have learned A LOT and maybe I can help you too.

Have faith in your ability as a woman and mother. You can labor and birth on your own. We have that power.

Best wishes and I hope your baby comes soon!!!
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replied June 18th, 2008
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Lilly Ivy wrote:
I'm pretty sure there was a woman who had quintuplets (5) on her birthday...

Supposedly, that full moon thing is just a myth, but think about it. The moon affects the tide which is WATER, and what do we call it when your membranes break? WATER! So having more baby around the full moon isn't too far fetched. That's why (if I was healthy) I thought I was gonna go over my due date (due Tuesday, that Saturday was a full moon)



Yeah I am sure it is a myth, but heck it don't hurt to wish upon your lucky stars----hehehehe. Girl I am going with it and hoping all that water thing that the moon does helps my water change too Laughing

I do have a question though---for anyone. I mentioned that when my doc checked me the other day I started bleeding. Well I bled all day on monday---a lot right after he checked me almost like I was on my period...then for the rest of the day mostly just when Iwent pee and wiped. Then yesterday, I had a brown discharge all day. So far today nothing, but I told my mil last night and she freaked me out a bit and said that that much blood sounded un-normal for a mucus plug. she said she hoped he didn't dosomething to my placenta. She is an RN and has worked maternity ward floor for years. Just checking if anyone else ever bled after being checked.
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replied June 18th, 2008
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just remember that you do not HAVE TO BE INDUCED. You can refuse it if you are really that unsure about it. How big is the baby now? What were your last measurements? If the baby was close to hitting 10-12 pounds I can understand why you wouldnt want that to happen. Heck I wouldnt either! But is it really that dangerous to just wait? Maybe you can talk to your doctor and ask if you can make it to 40+ weeks on your own and then see how the baby and you are doing. Either way the baby knows when its ready to be born more than a doctor can. Unless there are medical reasons to be induced I wouldnt do it.

Now dont get me wrong. At your appts you can check the heart rate and movements to make sure baby is fine. Thats what I plan to do. I am attending birth classes for my 1st baby.

My instructor said that labor can be longer and extermely more painful with the use of pitocin (medication used to induce) This medication can also cause you to contract too fast, they then give you something to slow it down. All these medications can interfere with your body's natural birth responses and even slow labor and the baby down. Which can cause the babies heart rate to drop and cause you extrra stress on your body. The baby also plays a very important role in labor. Like turning and getting into position. These meds can prevent that from happening also. All these things can up your risk for c-section. It sounds like you really want to have your baby natural and YOU CAN. Its your body and your baby. If you dont feel comfortable about something you have a right to say so. Please pm me if you want.

I am deciding on a no medical intervention birth. Its been hard to find a doctor and people to support me in this. But I have learned A LOT and maybe I can help you too.

Have faith in your ability as a woman and mother. You can labor and birth on your own. We have that power.

Best wishes and I hope your baby comes soon!!!



thanks!

Yeah he is not making me get induced. He told me it was up to us what we wanted to do. He just basically told me where i was at and what he thought and then left it up to us. The baby is at 8lbs right now...which is not big, but he feels it may be to big for ME to deliver vaginally if I wait any longer. So because of this and us not having insurance, it is a lot cheaper to be induced and have him before he gets bigger than to have a c-section. It is just so hard to know what MY body is going to do...you know. Every woman is so different. My sil has been induced and had epi's with both of her kids and loves it....well she knows her body does great with all that stuff, but will mine?? My dh and I have decided it will prolly be for the best for all of us right now to just go ahead with the doc. Lessons may be learned Confused If so we will know for next time.
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Being induced two weeks early when your body is showing no signs of progressing on its own is risking a c-section anyway. I would personally wait until my body showed some progress before I agreed to it.

And the doctors are guessing what the weight of your baby is. It can be off by two pounds in either direction, so you might really have a 6 pounder in there.
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I was over-do with my son, so they did a membrane sweep and it sent me into labor that night, something you may want to ask your doctor to instead of being induced.

I didnt get an EPI with either child, I refused and I dont regret it one bit!!
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theres things you can do to try and naturally stimulate labor like:

walking
sex
nipple stimulation
and more walking and more sex

my bradley instructor said that semen actually has a chemical in it that aids in the ripening of the cervix
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AyaMiyaki wrote:
Being induced two weeks early when your body is showing no signs of progressing on its own is risking a c-section anyway. I would personally wait until my body showed some progress before I agreed to it.

And the doctors are guessing what the weight of your baby is. It can be off by two pounds in either direction, so you might really have a 6 pounder in there.


It will actually be my due date week when he induces me. So it is not like he is making me deliver early. As far as how heavy the baby is, no one knows and I know that, but it is also taking a risk not trusting my doc. I do think my body is getting ready. My cervix is softened, and I have started dialating. It is not just me deciding either, I value my dh's opinion very much and we have talked this through A LOT!! Believe me, cause I didn't want to have to be induced and we have talked and discussed every option, and decided this is best for this baby. Like I said before I may learn a lesson, but I will know for the next one Smile we'll see.
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thats great your husband is there to help make decisions. Mine is the same way. It sure makes it so much easier on us with all the important decisions huh?

Well you could try sex and nipple stimulation...dh would enjoy that and you can have some fun with it..

As long as your doctor says its ok of course. I know if your water has broken you shouldnt have sex.

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Rosie H wrote:
theres things you can do to try and naturally stimulate labor like:

walking
sex
nipple stimulation
and more walking and more sex

my bradley instructor said that semen actually has a chemical in it that aids in the ripening of the cervix



Oh yeah, I have been doing All these things...except the nipple thing, cause I actually read that that can put you into very intense labor. Something about the hormones that is messes with. I also read that you have to do it for like 3 hours a day----I don't have time to sit around rubbing my tits for 3 hours a day--HAHAHAHA!!!! As far as walking, I always walk..before preg and all throughout too...everyday. So my doc said because I do it so regularly it may not have the same effect on me as it does other women, but I still do it just in case. Man if there was just some way we could have a magic button, I would share it with everyone-- Laughing Thanks for all the tips.....we are keeping up with them all, and hoping for the best. I have also been drinking raspberry tea..suppose to help bring on labor and make the pain less intense. Eating Pineapple..suppose to help too. We read so many things online that half of them prolly don't work, I just took the less extreme ones and figured it can't hurt to try.
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Rosie H wrote:
thats great your husband is there to help make decisions. Mine is the same way. It sure makes it so much easier on us with all the important decisions huh?

Well you could try sex and nipple stimulation...dh would enjoy that and you can have some fun with it..

As long as your doctor says its ok of course. I know if your water has broken you shouldnt have sex.

Best wishes....LABOR DUST


I know. I couldn't do this without my wonderful husband. It's not that we can't make the decision ourselves, its just that it helps us to make up our minds or make the best move to have them tell us howthey feel...you know. He is great.

Yeah my dh did volunteer to help me out with the nipple stim.--haha. but I havealready started lactating and that grosses him out a bit Laughing Not quite the same bbs I use to have for him Laughing He calls them the babies now. He's funny.
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replied June 18th, 2008
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hehe i love pregnancy and how it affects the husbands. daniel is so cute. I havent had any milk yet, but very little once in awhile. But he says he wants one and then the baby can have the other. I seriously hope he is joking. That would just be weird. Right now he loves the pregnacny boobs. I havent been this plump and firm since I got them! I could do without the E cup though, they are getting heavy and hard to handle..lol.

I had no idea you had to do it for 3 hours!!! Forget that! That just sounds painful after awhile. Im with you on that one! Well just keep your good positive outlook and your baby will be here in no time.

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