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How long past your due date did you go (and other questions)

post #1 of 16
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the possibility of actually hitting my due date occured to me yesterday (STILL 10 DAYS AWAY) ........ how long will they let you go before they even start talking about inducing.

As uncomfortable as I am.... I do not want an induction.........

and were you ever stuck at the same dilation for weeks ( 1 cm for 3 weeks now) with no effacement and then just suddenly things rapidly started happening?

everyone keeps telling me you go earlier with your ssecond child........ WELL..... I went 8 days early with my 1st..and tomorrow I'll have 9 days to my due date.... so I don't think I'm going to go earlier...... but then woundered.... would that still hold true to someone who's body never actually experienced the whole birthing process...... ?

TIA (again)
post #2 of 16
I think every woman has a gestation length that is right for her. For some, it may be 39 weeks, and others way over 40.

VBAC is really no different than any other pregnancy. There is the slight risk of ur, but everything else is the same. Of course, you are right that being induced is not good.

It depends on your cp on how long he/she will "let" you go past. I say "let" bc they really cannot force you into a rcs or an induction.

I interviewed 6 docs for my vbac......and the range of OPINION (they weren't reading studies) is great. One doc told me I could only go 3 days past my due date. Obviously, I didn't go w/ that doc.

The doc I went w/ told me he wouldn't even start nst until I was 2 weeks post-date. I went w/ him!
W/ my first baby, I started labor the day before my due date. W/ my vbac, I went into labor 3 days after.
You can do it!

If you're concerned about studies and such, hop on over to the ICAN yahoo group and someone can share the information.

I told my doc I didn't want any ve, and he was fine w/ that.....but then I 'felt' like my cervix was opening and I asked him to check me and he wouldn't!! But I talked him into it at 39 weeks and I was only 1 cm. No big deal. I labored find and vbac'd a posterior babe!
post #3 of 16
Your 2nd child doesnt necessarily come earlier. And you can refuse induction for as long as you want. They cant force you to do it.
post #4 of 16
The 40 week thing is really just an estimate. Babies can come any time from 38 to 44weeks plus. Most women don't give birth on their EDD. But I'm sure you know this.

For myself, I would be comfortable going 2 weeks past my due date. After that, I would start doing some things on my own to get things going, not drugs, but walking, more water, sex, etc. Thats just my own personal comfort zone, based on the fact that I went into labor 3 days past my EDD with my last, and had painless contractions (or so the hospital told me...I couldn't feel them and had a scheduled cesarean) at 38 weeks with my first.

Before I asked for medical help, I would wait till 44 weeks or until something felt wrong to me. But then, after my experiences, I have a VERY jaded view of how birth is handled by hospitals/OBs/CNMs.
post #5 of 16
I went 12 days past my (actually very accurate) due date. The docs started talking about inducing before my due date. (to be fair, I think they wanted to make sure I didn't want to be induced early, they get a lot of that) I told them I really DID NOT want an induction. They told me they'd be willing to go 14 days past my due date. I thought that was fine. They thought I was crazy for not wanting to be induced. I was "high risk" (only because I was past due) and couldn't be delivered by the midwife in the practice anymore. I wanted to wait the whole 14 days, but they freaked out after a NST. Anyway, w/o getting into details, I got induced then. Not fun! I don't reccomend it if you can avoid it! I feel that I could go 14 days if my due date was accurate, but not much more, I saw some stats somewhere, about bad outcome risks skyrocketing at that point. (I'll try to find it if you really want!) Don't worry though! Majority of women only go 2 weeks after their REAL due date anyway! I'm sure that you'll have your new baby, and hopefully a better birth experience soon!
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by MommytoTwo View Post
Your 2nd child doesnt necessarily come earlier. And you can refuse induction for as long as you want. They cant force you to do it.
I agree.

No reason to induce just because of dates alone. Either say no directly and give the reason why (it's not necessary!) , or if you don't feel comfortable with that, call in with an excuse (my car just broke down, my grandmother is very ill etc.) and if they keep badgering you just stay home. I doubt anyone will show up at your door and physically take you to "your" induction.
post #7 of 16
i agree that 1st babies birthdates have little to do with the others...

I went into labor with my first daughter 5 days before her due date (ended in c/sec.) My second daughter I had a (very unwanted!!!) c/sec after I was 1 wk overdue - for fears and concerns about a large baby... in hindsight, i would NEVER agree to this again, but what can i say....

My third daughter was born at home, vaginally - 10 days past her due date. My midwife was BESIDE herself worried at that point, and had basically told me to call the doctor but I refused. She gave me the weekend after I told her, "I will call you when I'm in labor - if your still interested, feel free to come..." The next day I was in labor, so it wasn't an issue... but it was 10 days past my also very accurate due date....

kirsten
post #8 of 16
I went 41 weeks exactly for Niamh (first vbac) and 40 weeks and 6 days for Isla (second vbac).

I was at <1cm dialated and <30%effaced with fetus not engaged both times at my 40 week appointment. I was prepared to discuss specific induction option to take place somewhere between 42-43 weeks....specifically I was willing to consider pitocin only with catheter dialation if required. Never had to go there either time (thank goodness).

With Niamh I had 3 days of prodromal labour which stalled out for 30 hours. When my labour stalled I was 3-4 cms dialated and about 50% effaced. When labour started up again it was 5 hours from first contraction to birth (roughly 3 hours of what they call "active" labour).

With Isla I started off with no dialation/effacement and labour took about 5 hours again from first contraction to birth (and again about 2.5-3 hours of what would be termed "active" labour).

Some women don't dialate or efface until labour begins (I am apparently one of them)...but when labour begins for me...just watch me LOL! It is a bit nerve wracking though...and it makes for a depressing 40 week appointment. Take heart though you can do it!

Steph
post #9 of 16
I agree with many of the previous posts. There is no way a doctor can force you to induce. It is your body. As a matter of fact, my doctor will no induce a VBAC patient. She waits as long as the baby is safe and mom is happy. If mom isn't happy or if baby isn't safe, a c-section is planned. She just won't induce.

About an earlier second baby and wondering if that will happen since you never went through an entire labor the first time... I have often wondered simmilar things (like saying you will have a quicker labor the second time. Does this apply if I never got past 4 centimeters?). I guess I'll just wait for nature to take it's course.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by meatloafkend View Post
I agree with many of the previous posts. There is no way a doctor can force you to induce. It is your body. As a matter of fact, my doctor will no induce a VBAC patient. She waits as long as the baby is safe and mom is happy. If mom isn't happy or if baby isn't safe, a c-section is planned. She just won't induce.
My midwife group does not induce VBAC patients either. At 41 weeks NST are started and they let you keep going until mom or baby isn't doing good.


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About an earlier second baby and wondering if that will happen since you never went through an entire labor the first time... I have often wondered simmilar things (like saying you will have a quicker labor the second time. Does this apply if I never got past 4 centimeters?). I guess I'll just wait for nature to take it's course.
I'd say there is no sure way to tell... every woman's body is different, not all mommas have quicker second labor. My aunt's longest labor was her sixth child!

However, my labor for my dd was 48 hours and I only dialated to six before having a CS for fetal distress and FTP (everyone's favorite term!). But, I was induced. My son was born 26 hours after my water broke and about 17 hours after active labor started. So, it was definately quicker the second time around for me!
post #11 of 16
My first child was born on his due date (a c-sec when it was discovered he was a footling breech when I came in almost pushing). My second was 42 weeks 1 day and per state law I couldn't remain in the care of my midwives any longer. I would have to be transferred to the care of an OB, all of whom were very non-vbac friendly. I was 4cm with on and off contrax over the period of weeks. I elected to let them break my waters to induce. BAD IDEA. 24 hours later after very painful labor, and 2-3 hours of pushing with little/no progress, another cesarean.

I so wish that I would have just waited. Just ignored their calls, just waited. Maybe found a midwife that would have taken me at home after 42 weeks. Maybe gone UC. I just should have relaxed and waited.
post #12 of 16
All of mine have been different. #1 10 days overdue, was told i had to be induced, distress, c/s. #2 went into labour naturally born 2 days after her due date. #3 was 18 days overdue by scan date and 10 days by my date. I never had any VE's so im not sure how dilated i was until i had asked to have a stretch and sweep 24hrs before i went into labour and was stretched to 8cms! My midwife was good and was happy to wait as long as i wanted to and respected my wishes with no pressure or talk of induction.
post #13 of 16
I was 5 days past EDD. My midwives were cool w/ it. They did ask me to have an US to check amniotic fluid volume, but i never had it done because i had the baby. They were unworried & felt fine waiting. The baby came when he was ready.
post #14 of 16
My first baby was induced at 40w1d, for no real reason, and was born at 40w3d. Biggest mistake I ever made
My VBAC baby...
I went into labor at 40w1d and he was born intervention and drug free at 40w3d I was checked at 40w1d and was fingertip dilated and not effaced. So... just goes to show, vaginal exams are useless.

Now, I always have to wonder if I had left well enough alone the first time whether I would have started labor that day anyway.
post #15 of 16
All my kids have been postdates, I just think they are happy where they are at (can ya blame them?? private pool, room service).

My 1st babe was 41 wks, but I wasn't positive of my dates. Second one I was totally positive of my dates, but the dates based on my LMP and date of conception gave different due dates and they insisted on using the earlier one. Made me mad cause I have never had a 28 day cycle, so why base my due date on one?

My VBAC I went 11 days past my due date and chose to be induced. I found out my amniotic fluid was almost nonexistant when they did the ultrasound to double check the baby's position since she was so high up.

My doula that I was going to have for my VBAC says she hasn't seen a VBAC yet that hasn't gone postdates, including her own.
post #16 of 16
My first VBAC was born naturally four days before my EDD.

Then came my little procrastinator. Like mama, like daughter. She was born 17 days after my EDD. The word "let" was not in my vocabulary. My baby and I were fine, and only she and God knew when her birthday would be. The wait was hard, and was a new lesson in patience, and trust in my body.

VBAC or not, most babies are not born on their due dates. And in our induction-happy society, very few go "overdue".
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