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post #21 of 29
There is such thing as natural induction........its called SEX!!!! Nipple stimulation is good too! These and a few other safe things will only work if your body is ready. BELEIVE ME i tried it all at 40 weeks, 41 weeks, 42 weeks!! Didnt work till i was ready. I had my singleton babies all over 42 weeks and they were 8 lbs, no complications. some womans bodies just cook them longer then others. There is no reason to have a c-section or be induced at the hospital unless there are pregnancy or baby complications happening. And even if they can tell you will some accuracy that you are having a big baby that doesnt mean it cant come out vaginally. its more to do with bone structure, all the other poundage is squishy. I just think of cave hunters or spalunkers who some how squeeze their adult bodies threw 1 foot long holes in the sides of mountains.
post #22 of 29
Sorry to take so long to respond.

As far as the repeat, If my OB was pressuring to either induce or do ERCS then I would opt for the repeat. Mainly because I would not want a pitocin induced labor, for one thing the risk of rupture is increased and I think it is safer to have a repeat over being induced. If I wasn't comfortable with either, then I may try negotiating for daily NST monitoring or something instead of rushing to the OR at 42 weeks on the dot, especially if I or people in my family are prone to going "overdue".

I agreed to scheduling a 42 weeks repeat, partly because I had to go to a new practice at 41 weeks and the old provider kept mentioning pitocin and stressing me out. I actually relaxed a lot after "knowing" what would happen if I did not go into labor. But, I had gone past 42 weeks (for sure) with my first but he was breech and sometimes breeches will go late (from not being in a good birth position? I don't know, but he was double footling and that isn't a great position). The night of my appointment and scheduling the repeat to get the doctor to chill out, I went into labor. I think it was partly a mental thing for me. The doctor was very cool about discussing her schedule that week and was fine with me going several days over 42 so my "surgery" would be on the evening she was on call which happened to be a Friday and that was the best possible timing for my family etc.

At the time, I also was not sure if something was up with my pelvis that had caused my first to be breech in the first place. And at 41 weeks, I had experienced no impending symptoms of labor, and being a previous l/d nurse, I know the laundry list.

So, essentially, I think if I was pushed one way or another, or had a medical indication to deliver early, I would not agree to misoprostil, cervidil or pitocin induction. Maybe some nipple stim, since at least that is a hormone from your own body.
post #23 of 29
With my first they told me he was measuring big, and they expected him to be over 9 pounds! He weighed only 7 pounds when he was born.

Again with my last pregnancy they told me I was measuring big from the beggining, but again my baby was a normal size.

Than this pregnancy, guess what? I'm measuring big again already. My midwife says it is because I have a shallow pelvis and short torso, so it sticks up more. It's normal for me...
Tara
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by thorn View Post
sorry but no one should "decide" to induce you! first of all that is your decision. second of all "big baby" is not a medical reason to induce!!

you say they aren't doing unnecessary interventions, but inducing at 38 weeks would certainly be one, and a big one at that.
: OP you contradict yourself by saying the practice is gentle and kind, and then saying they want to induce or are considering it! : Also, a PP mentioned sex and nipple stimm as "natural induction" methods. While they're not unnatural, I think doing them with the hope they'll start labor would be a bad idea. B/c if labor doesn't start (which it won't unless you and babe are truly ready), you'll be discouraged/frustrated/etc and that in itself could put off your labor as well. Your expectations and mental/emotional state have as much to do with when you go into labor as your physical condition. Just think about this and try to be as peaceful and stress-free as you can. Tell your MWs that YOU will make the decisions, and leave it at that. ! ! !
post #25 of 29
Regarding measuring big, would you trust, to some degree, an ultrasound done from a perinatologist at 38+ weeks to get an idea of size or head circumference? How would this influence your decision?
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by spu View Post
Regarding measuring big, would you trust, to some degree, an ultrasound done from a perinatologist at 38+ weeks to get an idea of size or head circumference? How would this influence your decision?
No, I wouldn't. Ultrasound that late in the game is notoriously inaccurate. . can be off up to 2 lbs either way. I was told my babe at 41 weeks was probably 7.5 lbs, turns out she was a whole pound lighter. Either way, I wouldn't let that influence my decision to induce.

But an ultrasound that late might help determine if there's another problem at play, like too much fluid or an improperly functioning placenta.
post #27 of 29
I had a late U/S that said I was low on fluid (the day before birth) and I was induced for this reason (and a couple others....all 'discovered' by ultrasound and I was not low on fluid as evidenced during the birth.

Because of all the stresses I encountered due to u/s "diagnoses" I will never have another u/s. They just aren't accurate. It's like guessing how much gas is in your car by weighing the car...hello? Is there anyone in the car? Are there bricks in the trunk?
post #28 of 29
IvansMom - How are you??
post #29 of 29
they cant really tell how large the babies are. and what is "too large". a good MW knows how to deal w/ shoulder issues, etc.etc.
E was my smallest at 8.4. i just wonder what that MW considers 'large'.
i know that if i had been induced and my labor had been any more painful, i would have ended up getting a 3d c/s.

good luck!
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