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Possible induction

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

AHHHHHHHHHHH!  Friday I went in for a scan to see how things were going and make sure he's head down.  His head is being held in place by my thighs at this point.  Anyway, his fluid is getting on the low side but his weight is good.  He's about 6lbs right now.  When I go in next week if my amniotic fluid is lower I'm getting induced. 

 

I need to help him out on his own.  I don't think I can deal with an induction.  Ideas?

post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by Imakcerka View Post
His head is being held in place by my thighs at this point.

Hah!

 

http://www.bellybelly.com.au/birth/natural-induction-methods

 

Most of that list is stuff you've heard before, but a new one is eating dates

 

 

Good luck, mama!

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Eating dates?  Meh!  I'm going to try jumping jacks.  Right after I install the car seat!  You know just in case it works.

post #4 of 15

Did your doc talk about getting the fluid higher?  I know there are things people do to raise fluid levels.  Can't remember any off hand, but seems like it would be worth a try.

 

Good luck mama!

post #5 of 15

V busy today, but wanted to pass on some of my bookmarked articles on low fluid:

 

http://www.scienceandsensibility.org/?p=5294

 

http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1088642/updated-finally-they-wanted-to-induce-me-tonight-anyone-know-about-placenta-calcifications

 

Fluid levels-- like weight-- are very hard to determine via u/s, and they vary quite a bit from day to day.  I don't remember when you're due, but if you're not/won't be 39+ weeks, you might consider declining any sort of induction if all looks well otherwise.

post #6 of 15
Drinking plenty of water AND electrolyte drinks can help with fluid levels.
GL, mama.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by buko View Post

V busy today, but wanted to pass on some of my bookmarked articles on low fluid:

 

http://www.scienceandsensibility.org/?p=5294

 

http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1088642/updated-finally-they-wanted-to-induce-me-tonight-anyone-know-about-placenta-calcifications

 

Fluid levels-- like weight-- are very hard to determine via u/s, and they vary quite a bit from day to day.  I don't remember when you're due, but if you're not/won't be 39+ weeks, you might consider declining any sort of induction if all looks well otherwise

Great advice.

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

Um I don't plan on playing around here.  I'm high risk as it is and I trust my OB.  She has helped me through this all and eased my fears.  There are a lot of reasons why the fluid levels could be low and drinking more fluids is not necessarily the only answer or the safest answer.  I drink a gallon of water a day.  Still have low fluid.  I don't want to be induced but I don't want to play with my health either.  Or my BB's health.  Especially since I've been trying for him for 8 yrs.

post #9 of 15

I understand, Imakcerka.  I just thought the Science & Sensibility article was extremely well-cited and researched, and something to consider.

post #10 of 15

I"m sorry you're dealing with this. Have you done any reading on coping methods for inductions? I was induced with DS1 and had no idea what I was getting myself into. I know other moms who have experienced pitocin with no issues, though, so it's possible. Hopefully your fluid will be at a good level and you won't have to deal with this, though. Keep us updated!

post #11 of 15
Oh I misunderstood, so are you looking for natural induction ideas?
post #12 of 15

I've had success with castor oil, but I DO NOT recommend it because lots of other people have had problems with it.  I was late with one of my daughters and I used either black or blue cohosh to induce,  I didn't use the tincture or capsule, I drank the tea, 3 cups before I went to bed and she was born at 4 am.  

post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 

Yes natural induction ideas.  I did black and blue cohosh with my last one.  That worked.   I do appreciate the article but it's not what I'm looking for.  Thank you anyway.

post #14 of 15

I was induced with my first daughter (Violet). OMG it was horrible.  Like -horrible.  I was 37 weeks and have an autoimmune issue and some other issues going on.  _HORRIBLE_.  The induction didn't take and they dilated me by hand and pulled her out.   Second baby (Ophelia)  they pulled the big baby card and she was 40 weeks and I said "like hell you will" and drank a bottle of castor oil cooked in scrambled eggs.  Nasty - six hours later, went into labor on my own, water broke at home, and got to hospital at a 6.   I still had to have a c-section because of my autoimmune issues and this time I am a reluctant scheduled c-section.

 

If you do have an induction -just keep in mind, it can lead to one intervention after another and it can be incredibly painful.  Even with an epidural for my first one, it did not offset the extreme pain of my first's birth.  The OB who later fired me, even commented on Violets birth being brutal.

 

Sometimes, inductions are just real.  Especially if you have health issues, etc.  Good Luck to you.   If I thought I could have a safe vag birth, I would not hesitate to drink castor oil again before pitocin/cervadil.
 

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks RM and I'm sorry it was so cruddy for you. 

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