39 Wk Appointment - Induction Set

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Registered: 10-06-2010
39 Wk Appointment - Induction Set
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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 11:22am

So I had my 39 week appointment today and I have to admit I am a little disappointed (which to a pregnant woman means I almost cried while talking to the doctor!).

They checked me for progress - I'm 1cm and thick - so lets call that NO PROGRESS :(

And they explained that given my age & lack of complications (which I know is a good thing) they want to let me have as much time as possible to go into labor on my own.

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Registered: 12-14-2008
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 12:49pm

Hi from July (hope you don't mind me chiming in). There's no good reason to induce a healthy pregnancy except convenience (which i personally find ridiculous). Let me tell the contractions are much more painful with inducing (its not natural). It also causes alot of unnecessary c-sections due to heart rate problems after getting the pitocin (i know because i almost had to have a c-section). I had my first child at 21 yrs old at 40 weeks exactly and i wasn't progressing fast enough so i was given pitocin (ended up getting an epidural (which caused other complications), a large episiotomy, vacuum sunction etc. and hours of pushing (her apgar scores at birth were not the best--she's great now but it could have been a different outcome) Even though i went into labor naturally, i was still given the drug to induce. I would be happy if

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Registered: 10-12-2008
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 12:52pm

I am so sorry you didn't get more exciting news - I totally hear you about being ready to cry over a little disappointment.

I can't believe they would even bother with scheduling a date when it is so far past your due date.

Cynthia

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Registered: 12-15-2008
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 2:16pm
I'm sorry that you were disappointed to not be making any progress yet and the different date given for a possible induction. Unless there is a complication that warrants it, it is far better to go into labor naturally on your own in the baby's good timing.

I was induced (or at least they tried to induce) with pitocin at 42 weeks with my first DS because 1) he was 2 weeks late and 2) they thought he was going to be huge. The pitocin did nothing for me even after 12 hours at the maximum dose. But knowing what I know now about pitocin I would do anything and everything to avoid even having to have it again. It has been linked to learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders - my son has both. Also you are hooked up to monitors and IV's and therefore confined to the bed, which is not very comfortable. Many people experience stronger and harder contractions that just don't let up, and it can lead to quick, but complicated deliveries - fortunately that was not the case for me.

I guess what I'm trying to say is try to hang in there and let things happen naturally, don't be so quick to desire an induction just cause you are tired of being pregnant. It's very normal for first pregnancies to go over-due.

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Registered: 07-07-2008
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 4:03pm
I'm sorry about the no progress, but that can really change pretty quickly once you actually go into labor, so I wouldn't worry about it too much. I hope your little one decides to come on her own before that induction date for you.
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Registered: 03-25-2010
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 4:35pm

I'm sorry about your appointment and having to wait until June 20th.

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Fri, 06-03-2011 - 7:32am
I was also induced with DD when she was 41 weeks....also had a very intense labour after pitocin and contractions that just didn't stop...I remember my poor hubby saying 'i thought there was supposed to be a break inbetween these contractions!'lol! My DD also has a diagnosis of ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and is language delayed....believe me, it's worth waiting, I'm detgermined not to be induced this time unless baby boy is in some kind of distress or fluids are low. Hang in there.....you know I'm sure alot of these pregnancy sites don't actually help, I was reading my 37 week update and they wrote 'you'll probbaly have your baby within 2 weeks' like, hello, I believe there's 3 weeks to reach 40! Sometimes I think people forget that actually 40 weeks is a full length pregnancy!~!!!
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Registered: 07-07-2008
Fri, 06-03-2011 - 12:31pm
I agree about the 40 week thing. I think it's just because once you hit 37 weeks you are full term. There's still a lot the baby can get from those extra 3 weeks.
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Registered: 01-29-2008
Fri, 06-03-2011 - 9:01pm
Sorry you didn't get news you wanted. :-( Just remember that anything can happen in the meantime! Hopefully baby will come on its own sooner than later!

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Registered: 12-14-2008
Fri, 06-03-2011 - 9:59pm

i know babies take 40 weeks or more sometimes (unlike tons of women who want the baby out ASAP). My daughter was born right on her due date!! 7 lbs 9oz and in good health with no problems.

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Registered: 08-13-2008
Sat, 06-04-2011 - 6:47am

Are you a doctor? If not, please let this woman make decisions with her licenses physician without adding undue judgment. Sorry things went badly for you, but your opinions have gotten under my skin! Save the medical advice for the medics, eh?