"Due Date" & going into labor

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"Due Date" & going into labor

So I didn't know exactly how to title this post but I'm hoping you ladies can help me out. With DD's pregnancy, according my lmp my edd was July 27th. I was a tight 3 cms on my "due date" and any sort of natural induction methods that my OB suggested didn't work for me, so I was induced a week and a day later.

It wasn't until I was going through my paperwork to give to my midwife for this pregnancy that I looked at my "due dates" that my original OB gave according to my first ultrasound. I switched OBs around 20 weeks because the first was a complete a-hole to me. The due date was August 3rd for the first ultrasound, then even my 20 week ultrasound put my due date at August 4th! A whole week AFTER my lmp due date... and the OB never said a word about it.

So all this time I thought I was "overdue" when in reality I wasn't. DD was born August 5th but I keep wondering, if I hadn't been induced when I thought I was "overdue" if I would have gone into labor naturally that following week or so... since I was already dilated and effaced, it's not like I was all closed up with no sign of anything happening.

I guess now I'm happy to say I've educated myself, and I'm not the young 18 year old impatient mother to be that I was when I was pregnant with DD... and I'm really hoping that the rest of the pregnancy can be positive so I can experience natural labor and delivery.

For those who were induced for their first baby, did you have to be induced for the second or third (etc.) pregnancies? If not, when did you go into labor? For those who did have vag. checks do you remember how many cms you were when you started going into labor?

*sorry for the book Smile

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I wasn't induced, but I know my midwife just delivered a lady that had had a failed induction first time around so was doing a VBAC second time around. I don't imagine being induced once means you "need" to be induced again at all... it's not like you'll stay pregnant forever if you don't get induced. Especially since you are a bit more educated this time about due dates... of course, it's possible you'll still go overdue by a week or more, and in truth, I don't know if that's a bad thing- an annoyance, perhaps, but simply being past your date alone it's not cause for induction.

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My induction with my daughter was not because of dates, but I have a friend who just has long pregnancies. She was induced at 42 weeks with her first and was not happy with how it went, though she had her vaginally. With her second, her u/s moved her EDD significantly later than the LMP date, and he was born via spontaneously labor at a birth center 2 weeks after the u/s date. Her 3rd was also past 40 weeks, born at home, though she didn't say how far. She is pg with #4 and having a u/s tomorrow hoping to move her EDD back because if she goes past "42 wks", her current MW can't legally attend her.

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I wish they would just give an estimated Due MONTH. The current system causes so much undue stress.I mean, the EDD isn't an expiration date. It's a nice guideline, but the little uterine babies don't have access to calenders.

Sorry that happened to you and I agree with the others who said that one induction doesn't necessarily mean more.

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I remember we were among the last few to give birth. I am facing the same internal conditions this time. Cervix is still high, long, and closed. I had a talk with the MW yesterday about how I knew it would happen eventually and how my cervix was still unreachable after several hours of early mild contrax. I explained how they were prepping the OR for me when things really picked up. I didn't begin to dilate until I the contrax were like 2 min apart.

She assured me that they would not suggest a section under those conditions unless it was like 24 hours of unproductive contrax and baby was in real distress. She also said they wouldn't even be thinking about inducing until July--that is when I pass 42 weeks.

I also remember you were having early labor for a long time and they kept sending you home. So your body was working, just slowly. While that is very uncomfortable and annoying, it doesn't mean induction was necessary. I can't believe the doctor didn't change your dates based on the u/s. A week makes a big difference.

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My MW just told me that she doesn't do cervical checks because she learned the hard way how little information they actually provide. She told me the story of one mom who she checked that was high, tight, and long. She said she was FOR SURE that the mom would not give birth within the next few days, if not more. About 4 hours later she gets a call to come since the lady was going into labor. She said she took her time thinking that it would be a while still. They called her back and said that she had no more than 10 mins to get there as mom was feeling pushy. In 10 minutes she got to the house and baby was already there!!

ETA: The kicker was that it was her first baby too :O

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I think the biggest thing to remember is that in many countries where there is very little medical intervention with birth, the induction rate is basically non-existent, mothers go into labour early, ‘on time’ and late, and the rates of morbidity, mortality, etc… are better than in the US!

In other words – is induction really necessary most of the time – even if you are “late”?

I can say that on average the literature says that 1st borns are born at 41w3days when left to their own devices. Yes, it gets tiring, but I agree with a PP – give us a birth month +/- 3 weeks and then leave us alone. Monitor mom and baby if you get worried. Try to avoid induction.

If your DD was born 1 day late according to the 40wk gestation that most docs go by, then your body hadn’t made it to the 50% mark of babies born when left to their own devices. You still had another 9 days for that! I would bet that when left on your own, you’ll go into labour on your own. Maybe later, but it will happen!

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I think the biggest thing to remember is that in many countries where there is very little medical intervention with birth, the induction rate is basically non-existent, mothers go into labour early, ‘on time’ and late, and the rates of morbidity, mortality, etc… are better than in the US!

In other words – is induction really necessary most of the time – even if you are “late”?

I can say that on average the literature says that 1st borns are born at 41w3days when left to their own devices. Yes, it gets tiring, but I agree with a PP – give us a birth month +/- 3 weeks and then leave us alone. Monitor mom and baby if you get worried. Try to avoid induction.

If your DD was born 1 day late according to the 40wk gestation that most docs go by, then your body hadn’t made it to the 50% mark of babies born when left to their own devices. I would bet that when left on your own, you’ll go into labour on your own. Maybe later, but it will happen!

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I was induced with my first. I went to 41 weeks before getting induced. I was dilated to 2cm and around 40% effaced but didn't change for 3 weeks from that. My placenta was starting to calcify as well so it was medically necessary for me to be induced though I still regret doing it.

As for my second I went completely natural at 39 weeks 2 days. The Friday before I went into labor I had an appointment and I was a tight 3cm and around 80% effaced
(I would bet as my doctor didn't tell me) and I had my membranes stripped. The fallowing Monday night I went into labor. I was using EPO between 35 and 36 weeks, the oil not the pills, for perineum rubs and once I hit 37 weeks I was having DH put a little extra up inside with a syringe to help soften and efface things sense it took me forever to efface with DS1 and I didn't want to do that again.

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"kvo" wrote:

I also remember you were having early labor for a long time and they kept sending you home. So your body was working, just slowly. While that is very uncomfortable and annoying, it doesn't mean induction was necessary. I can't believe the doctor didn't change your dates based on the u/s. A week makes a big difference.

Yeah, my cervix would change from the few weeks but nothing that ever happened in the hospital so I wasn't in the active labor stage... just yeah, a loooong time of early labor. After finding out about the week difference I haven't gone back to that OB this pregnancy, I was supposed to have made my appointment for this week and I never called (4 weeks ago).... I know it's a bit immature but it pisses me off now... thank goodness she was born healthy but had she not, I'd be pretty mad.

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"krazykat" wrote:

My MW just told me that she doesn't do cervical checks because she learned the hard way how little information they actually provide. She told me the story of one mom who she checked that was high, tight, and long. She said she was FOR SURE that the mom would not give birth within the next few days, if not more. About 4 hours later she gets a call to come since the lady was going into labor. She said she took her time thinking that it would be a while still. They called her back and said that she had no more than 10 mins to get there as mom was feeling pushy. In 10 minutes she got to the house and baby was already there!!

ETA: The kicker was that it was her first baby too :O

Mine wasn't quite that fast, but very similar situation. I did have the miso, but it took 6 hours before dilation and "active" contrax---honestly I think I would have gone into labor at that time if I had been given the miso or not. The OB and the nurses were shocked at how I went from "danger zone" :rolleyes: to 3 hour labor so easily.

Alex--I thought you were seeing a HB midwife Are you going to an OB too? With a MW I really don't think you need to be worried about an unnecessary induction.

I understand that the fear is lingering there though b/c I have to keep reminding myself not to worry about it too.

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"kvo" wrote:

Alex--I thought you were seeing a HB midwife Are you going to an OB too? With a MW I really don't think you need to be worried about an unnecessary induction.

I understand that the fear is lingering there though b/c I have to keep reminding myself not to worry about it too.

The agreement with DH to have a homebirth was to see an OB at the same time... then after meeting with the midwives we chose he left it up to me, so I was going to go the first appointment at the OBs for the ultrasound and bloodwork, that way it would be processed through insurance right then and not after birth like it would have been with the homebirth midwifes. We've been waiting on the tax return to get here since we can't afford the first payment with the midwives so I've seen the OB twice total so far... now I'm going to just wait until we get the refund before going back.. and just go straight to the HB midwife.

I guess my thing is I know starting at 41 and half weeks they send you to an OB for a NST, and I'd hate to get that far to be told at the NST that I needed to be induced.

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"CaBlondie918" wrote:

I guess my thing is I know starting at 41 and half weeks they send you to an OB for a NST, and I'd hate to get that far to be told at the NST that I needed to be induced.

Ah, but that's so far down the road, and the chances of getting there are minimal! I woudl go for that chance, personally. And if you do the research you may find that the NST results don't actually mean you "have to" be induced...

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That's just an NST. As long as you, baby, and fluid level is okay you will still be able to wait it out. The chance of really needing an induction is so unlikely.

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This is an interesting article:

http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/figuring.htm

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I wasn't induced with either of my kiddos and went into labor on my own in both cases, three days before their respective due dates. I was about a three with both once labor officially began.