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On Friday I went to both the MFM and the OB. They decide that if this baby doesn't pop out by September 13th, they are going to induce. That would put me just short of 40 weeks.

I have mixed feelings about this. Right now I sort of just want the baby out. I am uncomfortable, hot and sick of being pregnant. Then there is the part of me that wants to know how my body goes into labor.

So... I am hoping that I just go into labor before September 13th.

Date: 2013-08-25 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shes-a-wee-lass.livejournal.com
Why do they want to induce you? Does your doc have a vacation coming up or something? I don't understand why they don't let the damn babies pop out whenever they feel like it.

Date: 2013-08-25 04:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bertine.livejournal.com
Because of gestational diabetes. Basically, with diabetes the placenta can deteriorate faster than normal. This is why I am
Having ultrasounds twice a week and they want the baby to be born before 40 weeks because after that the placenta has a chance of not being able to support the baby. The medication that I am on to control GD can speed up this process. The medication is needed to control the baby's size and the amniotic fluid levels, which were rising before I was medicated.

The baby is doing great and I am often feel like I shouldn't be classified as "high risk" but I am pretty sure that is because I have excellent prenatal care.

I like my OB office, they are willing to listen to me and encourage me to make he decisions. Basically, the recommendation is to deliver at 39 weeks, which would be September 8th but I asked if we could go longer as long as my ultrasounds continued to go well. We picked the 13th because it was right before my due date and a Friday is a good day for Zach since he would miss less school. (If you have to schedule it you might as well pick a good day for it).

The reason I wanted I push it back was so I could give my body more time to go into labor itself. Things are progressing as they should, the baby is engaged and I am starting to lose my mucus plug, so it is possible that the whole scheduled induction could be moot. Then again, babies don't follow schedules.

Date: 2013-08-25 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dorei.livejournal.com
Your body goes into the labor with inducing the same way as it would naturally. Contractions that start out slowly, build in intensity and then take over until you're screaming oh please god let it stop.

Date: 2013-08-25 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bertine.livejournal.com
That is good to know. I haven't asked about induction or read about it because I am hoping I don't need it. There is a lot of "horror stories" about the medication they use.

Were you inducted?

Date: 2013-08-28 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dorei.livejournal.com
With baby #1, they added pitocin to "move things along" from early labor to active labor. That took me a little over 10 hours, which was considered good for a first baby. With baby #2, it wasn't needed - I went from first contraction to delivery in just under five hours. The reason that one went so well is because my water didn't break until I was fully dilated and started to push, so I was able to be up walking around. (That REALLY helps. If you are "fortunate" enough to be mobile during your labor, I imagine it will move things along for you at a decent pace.)

Baby #3 was different. I was having on and off contractions all during the last two months of the pregnancy. At my well baby visit, I was a couple of centimeters dilated. We lived kinda far from the hospital. There was a real concern that I'd go into labor and not be able to get to the hospital in time. So we induced right then and there, a few weeks early. With #3, I actually knew the conception date, so I knew I was at just under 36 weeks. So really, he was ready, but not. So that was a real induction, and the entire labor took 14 1/2 hours.

I survived just fine all three of my deliveries. I know they hurt, and I know they hurt A LOT. But I couldn't even begin to really describe it in full detail because your body is designed to forget. (That whole survival of the species thing, probably.)

If you want to do "natural" induction, try having lots of sex, or more specifically, lots of orgasms. Move something heavy. Run. Or, if you're desperate, like my mother was, drink some castor oil.

Date: 2013-08-25 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sharya.livejournal.com

I also hope you can have the baby without being induced.  I was ready for pregnancy to be over about 6 weeks before I was due.

Date: 2013-08-25 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bertine.livejournal.com
We are having a heat wave this week. It has been really pleasant all summer, so I shouldn't complain but holy cow, it makes me want to not have a little furnace in me.

There are days I think "screw it, induce me now"

Date: 2013-08-25 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sterlingphoenix.livejournal.com
Wait, you haven't had the baby yet?

Date: 2013-08-25 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bertine.livejournal.com
It feel like it has been forever, doesn't it?

Date: 2013-08-25 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sterlingphoenix.livejournal.com
(: Well you know me and babies. I just can't keep track...

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