big update on me!!! fridays the day!

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shroutbabymama85's picture
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big update on me!!! fridays the day!

just got back from the docs....things went way different than expected. all good, first things first, jayden is big enough for the docs satisfaction. oh yeah head down too. way head down. when they did the u/s they were literally searching for his head on my pubic bone. he weighs 6lbs 4ozs as of today. did the cervical check i am 2.5 dilated and at 39weeks 4 days, we scheduled my induction this friday at midnight.

so it makes jaydens arrival only hours behind his due date, and since he is so head down i get to deliver naturally. woohoo. lord forbid i don't go into labor before then. so excited for the news. they gave me 2 u/s pics, will upload em shortly but not the best pics in the world, he's quite cramped in there.

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Waaahooo for baby!! This is exciting I cant believe we are in our birth month it has gone by so fast!

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Sounds great! Can't wait for updates...

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I'm glad Jayden is doing well.

What is the reason for the induction? I know your due date is Friday-- but do they have a medical reason for inducing him?

I hope all goes well and that he arrives safely. Good luck!

And do I get bonus points for guessing that he is 6 1/2 lbs right now? Wink

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"boilermaker" wrote:

I'm glad Jayden is doing well.

What is the reason for the induction? I know your due date is Friday-- but do they have a medical reason for inducing him?

I hope all goes well and that he arrives safely. Good luck!

And do I get bonus points for guessing that he is 6 1/2 lbs right now? Wink

Im def giving you bonus points. Smile Hahaha.

RE: induction: Im requesting an induction at 39 weeks. Really....none of my many reasons are truly medically necessary. (Though a few I could probably frame that way if I wanted) But all of the reasons, I believe, make sense for me and my family. And as long as baby and mommy are safe and healthy, I think a lot of time inductions can come down to personal preferences as many times as it comes down to medical necessity.

Good luck Amanda! Keep me posted and hope you can get some rest these last few days. Ill look for your update and post as needed first thing Sat AM to update everyone else. Cant wait to see your little guy!!!!!

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Wow. My "due date" is tomorrow and my doctor and her partner are not using dates, just health, as a reference for birthing times.
I wish I got to meet my daughter this Friday!
Good luck and enjoy your last few days of being baby-free.

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I just wondered what reason the doc is giving, since most insurances won't permit "elective" inductions (they simply cost more than a non-induced birth)-- so I just wondered what reason he was giving.

Also as a FTM, just being induced doubles your risk of having a c-section-- which is totally fine, if your doctor has shared the risks that go along with that and you are comfortable with the risks of a section (and perhaps subsequent sections, if you intend to have other kids and don't live in an area where VBACs are permitted/encouraged.)

I think moms should get to make lots of choices about their birth-- I just hope that they are informed choices. IMO induction isn't something to take lightly-- there are real risks involved for both mom and baby, that's all.

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My OB's office always offered an induction at 39 weeks for no reason other than to "be done" or to deliver when their OB is on-call. That hospital also has a 30% C-section rate, which makes sense if they induce all the time for no reason. While it's not a decision I would make for myself, I believe that everyone has a right to choose how they want their birth to happen, and just hope they educate themselves about the process.

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the reasoning behind my induction was due to no more room in there for him to grow and now that he's a healthy weight, they are confident he won't have an issue putting on weight once he's out. BIG POINTS FOR THE WEIGHT GUESS!!! lol. was so reassuring to hear. my biggest fear going in today was that i hadn't dilated any nor any good news of weight gain. they went over the risks i have which are minimal but with his head down so low and starting to dilate, the delivery shouldn't bare many issues.

terra i will email you pics from my cell as soon as i can....and will update along the way on fb. pretty sure the hospital doesn't offer wifi.

as a ftm though guys, i'm new to this....what should i expect for an induction? i know we discussed our plans, natural, iv meds, no epi and this will start at midnight. i am so glad they chose to take me in at night, i think i'll be do better as compared to of a daytime. will keep ya updated!

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Audra makes great points as always...as long as you are researched and know the risk rates of inductions and how often they lead to a c-section (regardless of how you are dilated now), just make sure you're prepared. Hoping for a quick and healthy delivery for both of you on Friday!

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thanks, yeah the hospital i chose has excellent options when it comes to delivery. they really are the best around in my area when it comes to getting a baby out safely. i am hoping to go natural but willing to deviate from such if need be. i feel strong enough and in the right mind to go natural, let's hope it pans out so i can!!!! if not no biggie, first priority is jayden and i will fully endure what needs to so he can make it out successfully.

but 2 days though!!! wow the time has flown. lol:)

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Three of my girlfriends, all first time moms, have in the last two months chosen to be induced for no medical reason. They were "done" "anxious to meet the baby" and "tired of being pregnant", respectively. All three ended up with a c-section. I'm not trying to scare you, I'm just letting you know that especially for first time moms, rushing labor and delivery with artificial means often ends up being a long, difficult process.
With my first I had every intention of waiting to go into labor on my own, and I did, and for me that's "normal". I understand not everyone's expectations or even birth experiences are my own.
I grew up watching my mom deliver her children upstairs with a midwife. She'd labor downstairs in the kitchen cooking, doing laundry, tending to us, then just go upstairs for a while with a midwife in tow, then a few hours later, there would be a new baby. I'm not exaggerating. So for me, that's always been "normal". It's what I've always hoped for, in my own labor and deliveries.
BUT! Every woman expects different things from childbirth and even thinks different ways/things are normal for the whole process.
So I wish you nothing but an awesome labor on Friday. I just got excited about sharing my own perspective.

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Best wishes to you for a smooth delivery!!

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"jubileerose" wrote:

Three of my girlfriends, all first time moms, have in the last two months chosen to be induced for no medical reason. They were "done" "anxious to meet the baby" and "tired of being pregnant", respectively. All three ended up with a c-section. I'm not trying to scare you, I'm just letting you know that especially for first time moms, rushing labor and delivery with artificial means often ends up being a long, difficult process.
With my first I had every intention of waiting to go into labor on my own, and I did, and for me that's "normal". I understand not everyone's expectations or even birth experiences are my own.
I grew up watching my mom deliver her children upstairs with a midwife. She'd labor downstairs in the kitchen cooking, doing laundry, tending to us, then just go upstairs for a while with a midwife in tow, then a few hours later, there would be a new baby. I'm not exaggerating. So for me, that's always been "normal". It's what I've always hoped for, in my own labor and deliveries.
BUT! Every woman expects different things from childbirth and even thinks different ways/things are normal for the whole process.
So I wish you nothing but an awesome labor on Friday. I just got excited about sharing my own perspective.

i am hoping things progress before friday, really do, which woke up this morning and realized i passed some of my mucus plug, so maybe it will start on its own, but to be honest i don't think so. no contractions on my end. just a little show with the plug...which i figure the show may have been from getting checked yesterday.

i really would like to have a quick delivery, really would...but if anything goes down from now till i go in, i'll keep you all updated regardless:)

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As far as what to expect, it really depends upon your doctor, but I can tell you the "typical" process. I'm surprised your doc didn't go over this with you, which is what makes me worried (so many OB's act like induction is no big deal....simply bc they do them all of the time.) Something like 25% of births are now induced.

They will have you come in at night and give you some kind of cervical ripening agent-- usually this is Cytotec or Cervidil. Both carry some risks (Cytotec is not approved for labor induction, but is used off label all of the time. It is potent though, and once applied, you can't "stop" it-- they essentially crush a pill and put it on your cervix.....and they won't use it on VBAC mom's bc of the risk of uterine overstimulation/rupture.) They will leave the ripening agent on overnight. Rarely a physician will use a balloon catheter to manually dilate your cervix. If I were ever to require induction, I would request this method. Essentially they insert a tiny balloon into your cervix and then blow it up until you are about 4cm dilated. It gives docs the most control bc you can stop it at anytime.

The next morning they will likely start you on a pitocin drip to induce contractions. Then they will probably break your water. If you want to err on the side of safety, DON'T let them break your waters. Once you do, there is no turning back. And it has only been shown to decrease your labor time by about 15 minutes-- so not worth the infection risk IMO. You'll be required to be constantly on a fetal monitor bc the contractions that the pitocin induces are stronger than normal contractions, and can overstimulate your uterus and deprive your baby of oxygen (basically they get squeezed too much.) If you are shooting for a natural labor, it is possible with an induction but MUCH MUCH harder than a natural labor. I've had one labor with lots of pitocin and three without and they don't even compare.....the pit labor was 100 times harder on my body and my baby.

Then you wait for your cervix to dilate to 10cm when you can push. However, many moms don't progress when induced, and many moms don't progress fast enough and end up with a section. Also, fetal distress is more common, so that often results in a section, too. Babies who are induced more often pass meconium bc of the stress of the contractions, which means that more of them get sick and have to spend time in the NICU.

Before consenting to an induction-- I'd calculate and want to know my Bishop score. A Bishop score is basically a tool used to assess how likely your induction is to "work". It isn't a guarantee, but is a tool. You can figure out your Bishop score here:
http://www.babymed.com/bishop-score-induction-calculator

Women grow babies that are the perfect size for their bodies. I would NOT worry about "running out of room" or not being big enough to deliver your baby. Women all over the world grow babies and deliver them without intervention. I think of my dear friend, Susie, who is 4'10" and weighs 95 lbs soaking wet. She had a healthy 8 lb baby, no problems. Or even Kris on our June board, who has delivered a 12lb baby girl vaginally with no trouble. You can do this! Inducing for suspected size is NOT recommended by ACOG.

I wish you the very best with your decision and hope for great outcomes for you and Jayden. Good luck!

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thank you for the info...i really did not know what to expect. i assume i got the brush off yesterday since it wasn't my doc. and am going to check out the link after this post. i truly do appreciate the feedback. and will most definitely do my research going in. i know i didn't want to go in not knowing what typically happens with an induction and making a decision i'd regret later. but i am enjoying the last few days and getting ready to go in. just got back from buying a few last minute things, my family and dh's are estatic...they are ready too!!! so we'll see how this all plays out! and can't wait to hold my baby boy!

(just checked out the link...it says i scored an 8. let's hope it holds true:))