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This is my first pregnancy. I'll be 41w tomorrow. My OB has scheduled me for an induction when I'm 41w2d, which I am fine with. At last check, 40w2d, I was 0cm dilated, and have had no contx or anything since. Have tried to no avail as much walking as possible in 95 deg heat, nipple stimulation and sex to help things along.

What did you and your care team do to make an induction as pleasant and positive as possible?
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I had a good chat w my OB (who I suspect is crunchier than I am) and my doula today. Dr was vg at explaining the process, and doula (definitely commited to natural childbirth) said don't be afraid of epidural in this case. I also found some videos of positions to try that aren't on my back. DH is being v supportive, too, so despite annoyance that it is what it is, I'm feeling quite calm.
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If you know the baby is head down and on your left side, you could try doing squatting to help bring him or her down.

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I'm bringing 2 pillows from home, tea for the morning before pitocin, some trashy books to read, snacks to keep DH's blood sugar up and cheery, several chapstick, and sea salt caramel brownies and some farmers market peaches to butter up the hospital staff.
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Not going well! Very bored!

Day 1: cervidil over night, dilation to finger tip. Slowly ramped up to max Pitocin which created regular, mildly discomfortable contx. Dilation at end of day, 1cm. Unhooked from machinery and allowed real food and walked in circles for hr and half. Annoying contx, but never escalated.

Day 2: cytotec overnight which caused a lil more dilation, 50% effacement, and crampy night. Building up to full pitocin. crampier, reg contx but not painful. No change at last exam.
Plan for day 3: cytotec again overnight. AROM in morning.
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My induction did not go as planned, but the end result was well worth it. I think what made it such an ok experience were several things...

1. DH was there w me the whole time. He was very good at asking Drs sensible questions.

2. Doula (w years of L & D nurse experience) was able to explain things again and again.

3. My dr (family care) was very supportive and was very keen on exhausting all options. OB, despite the one who did csection in the end) happened to be the one skilled in breech deliveries, forceps, manipulating baby's position.

4. Kind nurses.
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:Hug  I'm sorry things did not go as planned, but it sounds like you are feeling ok about how things went.  I'm glad that you had lots of support.  Birth is such a wild card sometimes.  How are you and the baby recovering?


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