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I am due tomorrow, and haven't had any progress yet. Just had a Dr.'s appt and he keeps asking questions like "so when do you want to have this baby?" He is all about inducing so that women don't go past their due dates (I think in the last 5 years he has had 4 patients who have, all the rest have chosen induction.) Anyway, they did an ultrasound and my fluid is kinda low (9.5) and a non-stress test, which was pretty good, but there were a couple "jumps" in the heart rate. He says if it's the same on Thursday, he will go ahead and induce that night.<br><br>
What do you all think about this? I feel like Mother Nature is just not allowed to take her course. Is this really cause for induction? I'm just now 40 weeks! THanks!
 

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Drink lots of water your fluid level should come up from it, its hot, you need lots of water this time of year. I wouldn't be in duced so soon.<br>
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NO WAY! Induction has all sorts of risks, you aren't even "overdue" until 42 weeks and 1 day! Hang in there and say NO to induction! Please! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Good luck!
 

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When he said 9.5, did he tell you what that number means and what the range of normal is? That sounds like he's using the amniotic fluid index, which I understood to be <i>not</i> a terribly accurate estimate of fluid levels, and I also thought that "low" was lower than 9.5...I think 5-8 is considered "low-normal", but hopefully somebody more knowledgeable about fluid measurements will chime in. My concern is that because he's induction-happy, he's making stuff up to convince you to induce this week...before the weekend. Gotta have that baby during office hours, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">He says if it's the same on Thursday, he will go ahead and induce that night.</div>
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It's very hard to stand up to physicians when they say something like this, but if you feel able, you might want to say something like "I'm sure I heard you incorrectly - you mean that after you and I review the results of Thursday's examination, you will present your opinion regarding the risks and benefits of induction at that point, and *I* will make a decision at that time regarding induction."<br><br>
He may need a reminder that the average length of pregnancy for a first-time mother (is this your first baby?) is NOT 40 weeks and that your answer to "when do you want to have this baby" is "when the baby is ready to be born". He also sounds like he needs a reminder that you are his client and that the ultimate decision here is yours, not his. He cannot force you to do anything to which you do not consent.
 

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I would avoid the induction totally! Of course, I had a terrible induction experience so I am pretty adamant about it. If you are within the range of normal I would wait. You aren't that overdue, and letting nature take its course will make it a lot easier on your body and a lot less painful in labor. Sounds like your doc is just sick of waiting! Don't give him the convenience, this is your body.
 

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I would not only skip the induction, I would skip the appointment on Thursday, and reschedule a week from now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">: Especially if this is your first baby, he needs to lay off. Hasn't he ever heard the saying about a watched pot?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">NO NO NO.<br><br>
No induction without serious medical reason.<br><br>
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YES YES YES to what Angela said.
 

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Eeek! Scary stuff! I'd tell him no way!!!
 

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Those are definitely not reasons that *I* would induce. I wouldn't agree to a late u/s because they just use them to scare you. I don't believe non-stress tests are useful either, actually. If I accidentally hired a doctor like this, I'd probably not show up for appointments at the end so I could finish my pregnancy in peace. Don't forget induction in a first time mom doubles your risk of cesarean.
 

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The fact that about 75% of c-sections at our local hospital are due to failed inductions is enough to convince me that inducing for no medical reason is just plain crazy.<br><br>
I wish I would have known that before I agreed to an induction at 40w1d for being "overdue" according to my induction happy OB. Maybe I wouldn't have landed myself in the OR after 38 hours of unproductive, intensely painful labor. Take it from someone who took that bait... it's NOT worth it.
 

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you may already have a wee babe in your arms at this point, but if you're still waiting it out, i just wanted to share that my ds was about 12 days over the estimated due date with no troubles! some buns just need longer to bake.
 
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